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Hi I'm Maaike. :)

I'm about to go on a full-time proselyting mission to Japan! Also, I'm an artist who loves people. :) I'm a Mormon.

About Me

God is the painter and we're the paintbrushes. My life is about being an instrument in the hand of the Lord. I've been somewhat surrounded by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. But I know that it's not location, culture, or proximity but our choices which make us "Saints." I try to live what I know to be true; I can only hope that I've done my very best to represent Him. I graduated with an Associates degree in Illustration in 2013 and I'm a few classes short of an Animation degree. Originally I aimed for English, but through personal revelation and prayer I decided to go into Art. Now I'm able to share my testimony through my work, touching people I've never met. God really knew what he was doing when He reset my course. :) During this time I worked at a Toy Store to pay for school, where my greatest happiness came from interacting with the people, and especially children, which came in. To recognize each and every person as a child of God is a life-changing experience. It puts a different perspective on who we are and the potential that everyone has. I've also had the opportunity to volunteer at a Retirement Home. In being there I've made friends that I can't forget and have been coached through difficult times in my life. I feel that in many ways my experiences have been Heavenly Father's way of preparing me to go on a mission. Teaching me to love people and learn from them as much as I can, so that I can see them the way that He sees them.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was born into membership in the Church, it is my life's experiences that have led me to choose the gospel for myself. To explain, my parents married in the Temple, the Lord's house. But in this world we are given agency, and due to my father's choices I grew up in a single parent household for ten years. Although this experience was a refiner's fire, it taught me to rely more fully upon my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I tend to feel like "a little soul" sometimes, just one of the many sands of the sea, but like it is stated in Psalms 147:3-5: "He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names. Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite." How can I doubt that He knows me as well? God the Father loves me as a Father loves His Daughter. Jesus Christ, the literal Son of God, atoned for not just my sins but my heartaches and sorrows. He knows exactly what my family has been through and has buoyed us up in His love. And through His resurrection I too will be able to be by His side at the last day. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is real. God has not left us alone, he has provided a way for us to return to him so that we can be in His presence. Our Heavenly Father has blessed me in more ways than I can count, including a loving Stepfather who has glued the pieces of our family back together. As a missionary I want, above all things, to help people realize that they are not alone! That they are loved and that there is a purpose to their lives. I know that the gospel brings me happiness and so I can't help but want others to find that happiness as well. There are numerous blessings that God wants to give us and all we have to do is ask; to love Him and come unto Christ.

How I live my faith

In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints anyone can get any "calling" or responsibility. And someone who is called as a Bishop, or ecclesiastical leader, can later be called to play the organ or teach Primary School children. In the past I've had several types of church responsibilities, big and small. Things like working with genealogical records, caring for those in the congregation that need help, and being on planning committees. Even being part of the choir! But no matter how ill-suited I have felt for those positions, I always came to the realization that God had placed me in them for a reason. I feel that, like the parable of the Talents (Matthew 25), when we use our talents we are able to expand upon them. So that even activities that I believe I have no skill in, I can -gain- skill in. And that Heavenly Father put us on this Earth so that we can use our abilities to further better ourselves and help others. This is part of the reason why I'm going to be going on a mission, living what I believe in. I'm actually painfully shy, but through callings and occupations in which I have had the opportunity to share my testimony and interact with numerous people, I have been able to move past that so that I can show my love and care for others. I believe that faith is an active thing, not passive, and that faith and works are not separate. But that faith LEADS to works. We are told to first "love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself." (Luke 10:28) Why give us that instruction if we aren't meant to keep it? We are to love God, and love others. That's our purpose. I want to follow the words of the Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, in his talk, "Be of Good Cheer," Ensign, may 2009, pg 92. "My beloved brothers and sisters, fear not. Be of good cheer. The future is as bright as your faith."

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Maaike. :)
Just as it was necessary for Christ Himself to be baptized, it is necessary for all men and women to follow in His path. But there are many who have not been given the chance to be baptized, or even to learn of the gospel in their lifetimes. Therefore baptisms for the dead by way of proxy exist in order to connect the living and the dead, ancestor and heir. While also allowing them the chance to accept the gospel where they previously had no opportunity to do so. As is stated by Elijah in prophecy, Malachi 4:6, "And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." The family is central in the gospel of God, which includes sealing grandparent to parent and parent to child by way of ordinances, or promises, with the Lord, our Heavenly Father. When the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored in full, God revealed to His prophet on the Earth, Joseph Smith Jr, through inspired revelation a return to this ordinance (as it existed in Paul's time, a fact mentioned in 1 Corinthians 15:29) for the saving of our kindred dead. So that none of His sheep may be lost. It is both our sacred responsibility and our blessing to serve those who have gone before us; to give them the opportunity to choose to accept or reject the gospel regardless of the veil that separates us. The participation in the baptism of the dead by proxy is the ultimate form of service and love. Show more Show less