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Hi I'm Michaela

I'm an Alaskan. I'm an anthropologist/sailor/dancer/adventurer/family historian. I'm the wife of a dog musher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Juneau, Alaska and grew up mostly in Sitka, Alaska--an isolated fishing town on the outer coast of Baranof Island. I cherish time spent with my family and friends boating, hiking, camping, fishing, and sea kayaking--exploring the ocean, temperate rainforest, mountains, and islands that make up Southeast Alaska. I worked summers leading bike & hike, whale watching, and sea kayak tours (my family's business). I love school--I attended Brigham Young University-Hawaii and studied cultural anthropology and Spanish, graduating in 2010. I loved my experience there--to mingle with wonderful people from almost every corner of the world was very enriching, especially to become familiar with Hawaiian culture (a part of me now as well) as a crew member aboard the traditional Hawaiian sailing canoe, Iosepa. I teach yoga. I love running and Latin dancing. I am a writer and enjoy doing family history--research, as well as helping family members put together their memoirs. In 2009, I married a great man, a dog musher from Idaho, and since then we have lived in Iceland and on Spitsbergen (an island in the Arctic Norwegian archipelago Svalbard) working for a few dog sledding outfits--which has been an adventure. This past summer we completed a four-month bike trip on a tandem bike through the maritime provinces of Canada and across the continent. We are now back in Iceland for a few months before moving back to Alaska this summer, hoping to start our family there.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I have family members who have been members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since the earliest days of the church, I am a Mormon because I have come to know through experiences--times I acted in faith and, in turn, saw the power of God in my life--that He exists, that He loves me and all of his children, that He has a plan for us which enables us--if we choose to follow it--to return to his presence someday, to be with our families forever, and receive the greatest joys possible. I know that he has set up again for us the gospel that Christ taught while on the Earth in these days through righteous men and women who were given the knowledge, authority, and instructions to do so and that he continues to do this today. Choosing to follow the teachings of the gospel has led to a life that I am proud of and happy in--I have been blessed by efforts I have made to come closer to the Savior and to keep my life pure and clean. I know that it is through Jesus Christ that I can overcome the trials that life will bring, and the knowledge that I am living how he would have me live brings me peace and hope.

How I live my faith

There are the routine things I do that help me learn more and grow spiritually: attending church each Sunday, reading the Scriptures and praying daily to thank Heavenly Father for blessings and to ask for wisdom and guidance, strength, or protection--and there are the principles I try to live by. These are the things I try to remember when making little and big decisions of life. I try to think of how Jesus Christ would act in interactions and relationships with others--making sacrifices for and serving others, choosing not to be judgmental, contentious or hold a grudge. I strive to have love, patience, humility, charity, gratitude and integrity. It is hard, but when I fail--which is often--I know that through my Savior's atonement we together can make things right and I can start again--trying to do better. I try to be a good friend and listener to those who seem lonely and be an influence for good in my interactions--finding uplifting, encouraging things to say instead of useless gossip. I live my faith by seeking knowledge and truth, and applying it in my life, sharing it when I can. I love reading good literature--poetry and philosophical works--which inspires and enlightens me. Maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle is also an important part of how I live my faith. I try to go to bed fairly early and get up fairly early, eat nutritious food, stay physically active and fit, and keep my appearance clean; all of these things effect my spiritual life. I believe I need to take care of myself spiritually and temporally so that I can serve my husband and others. I also enjoy participating in genealogy work--learning about our ancestors helps us in our own lives and completing temple ordinances for them is an important service to them if they chose to accept it. Attending the temple to learn and perform ordinances is also a big part of how I live my faith.