Hi I'm Robert Michaelson
I am currently a full time student trying to figure out what I am going to do with the rest of my life. I LOVE swimming and I enjoy doing mostly any kind of physical activity that makes me sweat and get tired. My family and I are big time boaters and we used to go out to the lake every weekend to ski and wake-board. I recently got back from an LDS mission in Argentina, which I loved because I was not only able to help other people learn about the Savior, but I feel like I really got to learn another culture. I am always down for an adventure; especially if the adventure involves me going to another country and learning something new :) I I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but to be honest I never enjoyed going to church and most of the activities. It took me a long time to realize how important God is in my life. I think that happens to a lot of kids in the church and I want to find a way to help kids learn on their own what God truly wants for them.
Why I am a Mormon
As stated in the "About Me" section, I never really enjoyed going to church. I knew that it was important to believe in Jesus and in God, but I never really knew what that stuff meant. I never really cared for what was being taught at church and quite frankly the only reasons that I allowed my parents to force me to church activities was due to the fact that there are normally refreshments :) haha As I got into high school I ended up doing somethings that I probably shouldn't have done and eventually I felt like I had no purpose in life. I made the decision that I need to get out of my house, so I could live away from my family. To be honest, I was kind of lazy and only applied to local universities and BYU (a Mormon school). I was not expecting to be accepted by BYU, but when I was, I was amazed at how cheap tuition was, so I figured that if I can leave my house and live for really cheap, it would be great! How right I was! haha When I got to Provo, it was funny to see lots of Mormons and the stereotypical things that people normally judge us for. I found the rules established to be ridiculous and I hardly supported them. I was fortunate to be placed in an apartment with five other great guys and through their example, I realized that it is cool to be nice. It's cool to be helpful and it's cool to become more like Jesus. Soon enough I found myself reading the Book of Mormon and I chose to try out the promise that it holds. I read. I prayed. I got an answer. The Book is true. I had changed so much in such little time, that I almost felt awkward and I wasn't totally sure how I should act. I came to the conclusion that if God was so nice to me, I should try helping Him. I ended up serving an LDS mission in Salta Argentina, where I learned even more about God's plan and how important Jesus is. My knowledge and love for God grows everyday I study the scriptures and pray. I know it's sometimes hard to live the way Christ taught, but it brings true happiness! :)
How I live my faith
I'm currently living in Provo, where there are many Mormon students, so activities are a little different here than in most parts of the world. I was asked to work in a service committee this semester and it was a blast. We had to brainstorm ideas and do service projects. In the church we also visit local members to see how they are doing and to see if there is anything that we can do to help them. It always feels good helping people around you. More than anything, I think it's important to help and serve everyone, not just those who are in the same church as you, but rather everyone in the community. The teachings of Christ help me stay motivated and happy to offer a helping hand.