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Hi I'm Mishayla

I enjoy reading, music, and horseback riding. I am a college student. I am Canadian. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of four girls; I grew up with my family in central Alberta. I am currently in the beautiful country of America working on obtaining my bachelor’s degree in Special Education from there I would like to continue my education by getting a master’s degree in Speech Pathology. I love being surrounded by nature; I especially love the view from the back of my mare Gemini. I play the flute and love music; I enjoy dancing in the rain, taking pictures, spending time with my friends and family, and Sign Language.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for social, spiritual, logical and emotional reasons. Socially there are members of the church all over the world; no matter where a person travels they can connect with the saints in that area. The church connects people who would otherwise never have reason to meet. Spiritually the touches my soul, the gospel provides me with a spiritual high it makes me happy. The Holy Ghost has testified to ME that the gospel is true, that we have prophets and apostles on the earth to lead and guide us, that the Book of Mormon is the word of god, that the bible is the word of god as far as it has been translated correctly, that a fourteen year old boy prayed to discern what church he should join and because of that the gospel has been restored on the earth today. I know for myself that Jesus Christ suffered pain, beyond my comprehension. He suffered and died for me, so that I may live with him again. Logically the gospel makes sense; there are no unexplained mysteries that cannot be answered. Even though I do not know, even close to everything I have resources, like the scriptures and lds.org, which I can go to find the answers I seek. The church is set up in a rational way, with wards and stakes so that every individual member can be supported. Emotionally I believe that I could not make it through this life without the help of the savior. This life is not easy. Every day I face trials. The lord is the only one who fully knows what I go though, and he does know. He has felt the weight of every trial, every ounce of physical pain, all of the sorrows and agony that I have been through, he understands, he has been there. I know that he will NEVER ask more of me than I can handle, he will never abandon me. He walks by my side in this life, supporting me when I am tired and carrying me when I cannot go on. That is why I am Mormon.

How I live my faith

To me being a Mormon is not a Sunday commitment rather it is a way of life. My parents raised me in the church and the gospel has always been a part of our home, we went to church every Sunday, we prayed over our meals, my dad held the priesthood and is able to give us blessing for school and when we were sick, my sisters and I attended primary, young women’s, and then singles ward together. Although all of my immediate family are strong witnesses of the church, none of my extended family are members. When I was sixteen I had the opportunity to go stay with my aunt in Quebec, Canada for three months, it was a fun but challenging time in my life. It was difficult because, although I talked with my family over the phone, I no longer had contact with LDS members. The closest LDS church was too far away to attend. I no longer had anyone to remind or encourage me to live the gospel. That experience opened my eyes, and allowed me to recognize how truly blessed I am to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It illuminated my priorities, and allowed me to develop my own person relationship with the lord. It illustrated to me how doing the little things like having family scripture study, family prayer, FHE (family home evening) brings families closer together.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

As Mormons we are counseled to live in the world but not of the world. Mormons live in the world; they are normal people with jobs, families, friends, interests, traditions, and hardships. Mormons just don’t participate in several activities that others in the world often do, like drinking alcohol, smoking, getting tattoos, drinking coffee, and swearing. Life is supposed to be fun, we are here on the earth to be happy, to build relationships, to have different experiences, and to learn and grow. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

I believe that the growth of the church can be attributed to one thing, the truthfulness of the church. The church is the lord’s church on the earth today, as a member of the church I do not ask you to believe that merely because I said so, rather I would like to testify that you can come to know of this truth if you ask in prayer. That is why the church is growing despite the prosecution the early saints faced, because individuals can, and do, find out for themselves that the church is true. Show more Show less