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Hi I'm Michaela.

I'm a Marketing Assistant who also teaches fitness, I love decorating & painting, I'm married to a law student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married almost a year and half, and both my husband and I are students. My husband is a full-time student in law school, and I take online classes so I can tackle a full-time job at the same time and try to keep us afloat! I have grown up a dancer, and really miss that artistic part of my life. I love drawing, painting, decorating, and cooking and can't wait until I can slow down and have more time to do all those things again. I come from an average-sized family, with 2 parents and 4 children (I'm the second in line). My 2 younger siblings are currently on missions, one sister and one brother, and I couldn't be more proud of them even though I miss them so much. My husband's family is a little bigger, with 5 children in all, and getting together with them in never boring! My husband and I moved across the country the day after we got married, and have been living the poor student's life ever since. Our stresses have been heavy, and even in one year we've been through so much together. We're finally getting a handle on everything, or at least we're learning to deal with stress better! I couldn't be more grateful for both of my families, my experiences and blessings, and of course my amazing husband. I know I still have a long way to go in this life, but I can't wait to see where we'll go and what we'll do next.

Why I am a Mormon

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has always been a large part of my life. My mother's family converted to the church and moved to Utah from Austria when she was young. Though my father's family were members, they were not active members and he had to choose for himself whether he would follow the Gospel. This history of devotion to the church in my family has always given me strength in difficult times, and has helped me stay close to Heavenly Father. Though I am not a convert to the Church in the traditional sense, I believe that all members of the church are converts to the Gospel. We all need to decide for ourselves whether we want to live the laws and commandments given to us by God, and whether we choose to believe in this faith. I truly converted to the church during my second year in college, when I no longer had my parents' testimonies to lean on. I moved to another state and lived with friends who were less active, and did not take the Commandments of God seriously. For some reason I was always drawn to the ways of the world, the media always made it look so glamorous and fun. Though I continued to attend church every Sunday, I began to see the impact these friends and their lifestyles had on me. I eventually moved back home until I could build a stronger foundation of faith. I never saw myself as the most spiritually "in-tune" person, and always see my flaws and weaknesses more than my spiritual strengths. The one thing I do see is the impact this Gospel has had on my character, my physical health, my emotional health, and my circumstances in life. As I study the scriptures and listen to the words of our modern prophets, I feel strength and confidence within myself that I could never feel with the Spirit. This Gospel is more than just a church service every Sunday, it's understanding more about this life and the next and recognizing God's hand in all things. It's about obedience, love, faithfulness, humility, and above all true happiness.

How I live my faith

I try to incorporate the Gospel in my life everyday. I attend church meetings every Sunday, and I attend Ward activities during the week. I find that when I am diligently reading my scriptures and listening to the words of our modern prophets and church leaders, I understand more about my faith and about the direction I want to go with my life. I can always see the "bigger picture" in my life, with regards to work, school, finances, and relationships, when I am close to the Spirit. For this reason, I try and participate in activities that invite the Spirit. Though this is not always easy to do, my husband and I have eliminated things from our life that we felt brought us down. Things like Rated-R movies, vulgar music, and even popular television shows didn't seem like things we wanted in our lives and we promised to never watch or listen to those things. This is a "gray area" for a lot of members, so we just live by the rule that if it doesn't give us a warm, positive feeling, then it's probably not a suitable activity. For me, I find that one of the best ways to live the Gospel is to remember Christ. The best way for me to do this is to get to know him through scripture, and then to emulate him each day. Charity is the pure love of Christ, and being charitable to others is the quickest way I can feel close to him. None of us are perfect, and we will make mistakes from time to time, but "charity never faileth."