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Hi I'm Michaela

I grew up in Washington, and now I go to college in Utah. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the Seattle area. My culture is a big part of my life, and I love learning about it. My mother is Maori a native New Zealander, and it is my dream to visit her hometown and all my family there. My father's family traveled to the United States from The Netherlands many generations ago, and now we call America home. I love music, and I play the violin and ukulele. My passion is teaching. I've taught everything from music lessons in my living room to English classes in Moscow, Russia. I'm in college right now, studying to be an English language teacher to elementary aged students.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother was raised in a Mormon family; my father was raised in a Catholic family. Though neither of them attended church regularly, my parents did their best to instill Christian values in me and my siblings while we were growing up. They taught us about God and the Savior and told us Bible stories. As I got older, I became more and more curious about religion. I attended many different churches. When I was a teenager, I started going to a local Mormon congregation. I felt at peace there, more than at any of the other places I'd worshiped. I knew it was the true church. While my mother was happy at my decision to get baptized, my father was upset and refused to give me his blessing. Consequently, I waited several years before I joined the Mormon church. Even though religion continues to be a touchy subject among my family members, they know I love them, and I know I made the right choice. The Gospel of Jesus Christ continues to bless my life every day.

How I live my faith

I currently attend an LDS-sponsored university. It is such a blessing to live and study in a place where others share my values and beliefs. At church, I teach Sunday School-type lessons once a month to the women of my congregation. As a teacher, I am able to discuss the words of modern-day prophets and other church leaders. I encourage Gospel discussion during my lessons, so everyone has the opportunity to learn from and teach each other. I use my background in music by participating in church choir and performing in musical numbers during worship services. I also have the opportunity to help plan Gospel-centered activities on Sundays. I do my best to pray and study my scriptures every day so I can keep the Savior in my mind as I go about my daily activities.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints doesn't endorse any particular political party. In fact, church leaders strongly encourage members to be active in politics and community affairs as they see fit. Religion and politics are two very important parts of my life, and I am glad to live in a country and belong to a church that encourages free participation in both of these fields. When I became Mormon, I was a little nervous about this topic because it seemed that my political background was very different from many of the other Mormon people I knew. I didn't know if I would be asked to change my political stance on certain issues. I'm glad that this has never been nor will it ever be the case. Show more Show less