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Hi I'm Mikaela

I'm a happily married ginger, soon-to-be mother, seminary teacher, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the fourth of ten children, five of whom are adopted, and I love my big, crazy family. I married my husband in the Mesa, Arizona temple in 2012. I love being a wife and am looking forward to becoming a mother to the baby boy we are expecting. I am currently a seminary teacher and I'm also pursuing a dual major in elementary and special education. Recently, I returned from Russia where I volunteered for a semester teaching children English. When I have spare time, however rare that may be, I love reading, photography, sewing, blogging, canyoneering, hiking, ultimate frisbee, being outside, making delicious food, and traveling.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a long line of Mormons and grew up in a strong LDS family, so there has never been a time when the church wasn't a part of my life. However, I don't think I really recognized the importance of the gospel, or how it applies to me personally, until I was about 14-16. It wasn't until then that I was put to the test and had to choose whether I was going to live up to the things that I had been taught my whole life. Ever since then, I have continued to learn more and more about the gospel and realized more fully how essential it is in my life. I am a Mormon because I have gained a testimony through living the standards taught in the church, learning from mistakes I've made, reading the scriptures, sincere prayer, increasing my knowledge of the gospel, and then receiving a confirmation of its truth through the Holy Ghost. I am a Mormon because I know that nothing that is false could ever bring me this much peace and happiness. I am a Mormon because I know that my Father in Heaven and my Savior live, and that living the gospel is what will allow me to live with them again one day.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing all I can every day to become like my Savior and follow His perfect example. To me, religion isn't a hobby, or something I do on the side. My religion gives me purpose and direction in life, and because of that everything I do and say is affected by my beliefs. I live my faith by doing the little things such as studying my scriptures and praying daily, attending church meetings, fulfilling church callings (which are responsibilities given to me by my bishop), seeking opportunities to serve others or share my beliefs, and living all the standards of the gospel, just to name a few. It's by doing these seemingly small things that I incorporate my faith in everything I do.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Mormons believe that we need grace to be saved, but we also believe that we have to do our part as well. To quote 2 Nephi 25:23 in the Book of Mormon, we believe that "it is by grace we are saved after all we can do." Our Heavenly Father isn't just going to give us a free ride; we need to prove our worthiness and show our desire to do what it takes. To me, this shows just how much our Father loves us since it provides so many opportunities to grow, experience greater joy, and gain a deeper appreciation for Christ and the Atonement. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

All Mormon women are different. Different ages, family situations, interests, talents, cultures, languages... the list goes on and on. Despite their differences, most Mormon women share the same core values and beliefs. The same faith in God, the same goal to improve themselves daily, and the same desire to fulfill their responsibilities the best they can, whether at work, school, or in the home. As for the questions of equality between men and women in the LDS church, that is absolutely something Mormons believe in. However, "equal" does not mean "identical". Men and women have different capabilities and responsibilities, but neither is more important than the other. According to "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" (a short but important document stating my religion's beliefs about the family), fathers are primarily responsible for providing protection and the necessities of life to their families while mothers are primarily responsible for nurturing their children. However, fathers and mothers are equal partners that should help each other fulfill those responsibilities. I know that this structure is God-given. It saddens me to know that many people believe it is degrading or insulting to women to expect them to have their main focus be on home and children. To me, there is nothing more noble than motherhood. I'm so thankful for the ways my religion helps me understand my purpose and reach my divine potential as a woman. Show more Show less