Hi I'm Makena Bauss
I was raised in the beautiful state of Michigan. Summers consisted of camping Up North, fall meant the Cider Mill and Michigan football, and winter lasted half the year. I wouldn't have had it any other way! I'm currently a sophomore in college, majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Chinese. I have an enormous passion for the arts, having dedicated almost all of my high school experience to them. I love singing, especially opera and Broadway classics, and there are few places I feel as at home as when I'm on the stage. My other interests include science fiction, television, psychology, politics, and everything British.
Why I am a Mormon
I was blessed to be born into a family that belonged to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. However, this is not why I am a member. For me, being a member is so much more than just an identity I was born with or a culture I was raised in. It's a personal choice that I've chosen to make because of the love and support I have felt from my Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ as I've lived the teachings of their gospel. As I grew up, there were many moments when I would feel the promptings of the Holy Spirit testifying to me that this was God's true church. It wasn't until my Sophomore year of high school however, that I think I truly became converted. After having been dealt many trials in my life that year, I was feeling hopeless, lost, and at war with the world around me. I eventually reached a point where I felt as if there was nothing more I could do. How wrong I was. I decided to really pray to my Heavenly Father and ask for his help. As I knelt in prayer and spoke to him as the actual father of my spirit, and not as an unreachable higher being, the strongest sense of love swept over me. At that moment, I knew that I was his child and that he loved me as an individual more than I could ever comprehend. I knew that he wanted nothing more than for me to return to live with him again and that through the Atonement of his firstborn son-Jesus Christ, my older brother- that this was possible. I knew that Christ had suffered for me and knew all of my pain. I knew that no matter what trials I might face, he was beside me and completely understood. I knew that I would be able to feel that love for all of eternity if I kept His commandments and lived a faithful life as a member of His church.
How I live my faith
Right now I am serving as a missionary for Jesus Christ in the Toronto, Canada area speaking Mandarin Chinese. This involves proselyting and service work. Most importantly, I simply do my best to live as Christ would and to help let those around me feel his light through the way that I lead my life. I heard a quote once that said something along the lines of "live in a way that those who don't know Christ will want to know Christ, because they know you." I hope that I can lead others to want to know Christ. I have served as the President of the women's organization in my university congregation where I spent my time serving the girls around me, working to help them with their needs, whether they deal with school, friends, spirituality, or any other number of things. I taught lessons at Church for the girls, organize activities for them, and tried to be there for them as a friend or if needed, a mom away from home. I have also served a Primary teacher, teaching the 5 year-olds in my congregation back at home.