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Hi I'm Michaela.

I love reading and writing, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a happily married 31-year old. I learned six programming languages and basic digital logic design and then I switched to literature and writing. My job history is rather varied. I've delivered papers, been an orthodontic office custodian, I've counted mosquitoes for a mosquito control company, I've distributed electronic components for student labs, I've put together computers, I've made stained glass windows, I've been a tax examiner for the IRS, and I've been a writing tutor at two colleges. I’ve learned how to play piano, flute, saxophone, clarinet, recorder, harmonica, carillon, and organ. Back in about 2004 I got this brilliant idea to write a book about Isaiah for teenagers to show how it could be applied to the everyday temptations that teenagers face. (Google "Isaiah Insights to Teenage Temptations".) One and a half years and 26 (or is it 27?) chapters later, I realized there's tons more stuff to write about and I really enjoy writing on gospel topics. I'm the oldest of seven children (5 boys, 2 girls). I'm a bit of a neat freak and an undeniable bookworm. I suspect that I spend too much time on the internet. I love blogging about the scriptures. I want to be a seminary teacher.

Why I am a Mormon

First of all, I am a Mormon because I grew up in the church and learned firsthand by watching my parents and teachers live it. Second, I am a Mormon because I was taught to practice the principles and in doing so I found them good. Third, I am a Mormon because I have a strong conviction that it is God’s true church. Fourth, putting my trust and faith in God and what I have learned as a Mormon has gotten me through all the tough times of my life. This isn’t just a fair weather religion. It stands up to the storms and trials of life. It's really IS everything it promises. I am a Mormon because my religion has told me who I am – a precious daughter of God – and what I can become – a goddess. This is more than any identity the world can give, better than being a celebrity, better than being royalty, better than being rich, better than being a genius. It means that if I am faithful I can anticipate obtaining beauty, power, blazing glory, majesty, all things the Father hath, all knowledge and intelligence, an endless posterity, and an infinite variety of opportunities to do good. Isn’t that a payoff worth working toward? (Michaela bounces excitedly) That’s the promise Heavenly Father makes to everyone who obeys Him! But what has my religion done for me now in this life? It has taught me the nature of the Godhead and guided me toward a closer relationship with them. It has given me someone to believe in who will never fail me – Jesus Christ. My religion has given me a knowledge of where I came from, why I’m here, and where I am going after this life. My religion has taught me about repentance and who has made it possible for me to repent—Jesus Christ. This makes it possible for me to become pure, through the Atonement of Christ. It’s given me a way to achieve a clean conscience and peace, even in a turbulent and wicked world. My religion has given me the challenge of rising to a higher plane of conduct and reasons for doing so. But even more than that, I feel that Christ gives me the power to be a better person as I live my religion. My religion has given me clear guidance through prophets and apostles, guidance that has kept me safe, and through it I have learned true principles that help me govern myself. It is extremely practical. It assures me that Heavenly Father still speaks to us today and that His power is manifest through the priesthood. My religion has shown me the pattern of righteous leadership and holy authority and helped me develop some of that in myself. My religion has given me the assurance of having a family that remains together even after death. My mother taught me gospel principles that helped me be kinder to my siblings growing up. By following gospel principles I was able to make wise decisions when looking for a husband, and it helped me be patient when I felt like I would never find a good man who loved me. It has helped me have a better marriage. My religion has given me a way repay a portion of my debt of existence to my ancestors, by doing family history and vicarious ordinance work for them in temples. My religion has given me hope that physical weakness, disease, and disability are only temporary. My religion has given me sacred ordinances and participating in them worthily brings me the absolute assurance that I am coming closer to God. This gives me great satisfaction. My religion has helped me develop my spiritual sensitivity and discernment. It has opened the way for me to acquire spiritual gifts to benefit me, my family, and those around me. It has encouraged me to seek for personal revelations, inspiration, and enlightenment from God, showing me that it is my right to receive it. My religion has given me knowledge and wisdom greater than I could have had otherwise, and it has given me the promise of more if I keep seeking. It teaches me to learn both by study and by faith. It has helped me navigate my secular schooling with wisdom. My religion has given me opportunities to help and serve people of all ages in many different ways. It has given me a sense of the brotherhood of all humanity and the theological reasons behind that. It has pushed me to develop talents that I never knew I had. My religion has helped me deal better with trials and afflictions than I would otherwise. It has helped me look for the lessons and trust that there is a reason for what I suffer and that ultimately my sufferings will actually benefit me. As I’ve learned about science, my religion has helped me see how all things testify of the reality of the creation and God’s wisdom. My religion has influenced me to respect my body and keep it clean, strong, and healthy. It would take a long time to tell every single way my religion has influenced me and benefited me, but I can easily see that I am 50 times better of a person right now than I would ever have been without the gospel as taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am absolutely sure that I am 100 times happier than I would ever have been without it. I wish everyone could join so that they could have these great things and more.

How I live my faith

I do many things to live my faith, some at church on Sunday, and others the rest of the week. I strongly believe that my religion is not just for Sunday, but it is a lifestyle, a way to see the world, a means of becoming the best me I can be. At church, I have several roles. I play the organ for congregational singing and I also play the piano to accompany the church choir. (I also tend to substitute for other pianists in the church when they are gone.) I count it a privilege to help provide worshipful music because it invites the Spirit of God to come and touch everyone present. I’m also a cub scout den leader for 9 year-old boys in my church. I help teach them and build their skills and prepare them to become worthy young men who will hold the priesthood. In daily life, I live my faith by trying to be the best person I can be. I pray and read the scriptures daily. I like to share the things I have learned about the scriptures, so I post them on my blog (see URL attached to this profile). When I find that I have made a mistake or sinned, I pray for forgiveness and try to do better. Some other ways that I live my faith is when my husband and I visit a man in prison every month and share spiritual messages of encouragement with him (“I was in prison, and ye visited me” (Matt. 25:36)) We also go to the temple every week and do vicarious ordinances for people who have died without learning the gospel. I work hard to be honest and kind to everyone. I use self-control and try to stay pure in thought, word, and deed. I have personal standards for music I listen to, books I read, movies I see, and this helps my thoughts to stay clean. I don’t swear. I don’t drink alcohol, coffee, or tea, and I don’t smoke or do drugs. I keep the Sabbath day holy. I pay tithing of 10% of my income.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

I have read the scriptures nearly every day since age 18. (As of today, that is about 13 years.) Here are some of the many blessings I’ve noticed from reading the scriptures: 1) When I first got in the habit of reading every day, I noticed that my day went much smoother. It wasn't that circumstances always went my way, it was that I was able to handle what happened better. I had greater strength to make righteous choices and that made me happier and gave me greater inner peace. 2) No matter how many times I’ve read the scriptures, I always get something more from them that I hadn’t learned before. 3) Reading the scriptures invites the Spirit of the Lord into my life. Further, it opens me up to recognize the Lord’s hand in my life. I feel connected to the Lord when I recognize Him working in my life in ways similar to what I’ve seen in the scripture stories. 4) Reading the scriptures consistently has helped me better discern between good and evil. 5) The scriptures show me where my faults are and also teach me to believe in Christ and repent. They are an agent of positive change in my life. 6) I’m able to better prioritize my life after reading the scriptures because they remind me what’s most important in life. 7) When I’m faced with a life problem and I’m confused about what I should do, I can often find clear answers in the scriptures. I can trust these answers because they are based on true eternal principles from God, rather than rules of a single generation. 8) By studying the scriptures consistently, I have found warnings in them that have helped me avoid making terrible mistakes. Show more Show less