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Hi I'm Michaela

I'm from Jackson Hole, Wyoming: the last and best of the old west. I'm an archeologist, I have OCD, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Wyoming, a place many people don't know exists! I love to play volleyball and be athletic in the wild outdoors. I've been on several teams (some requiring a lot of effort to keep together) and it's really shaped who I am. I still play and watch all the sports teams at my university. I'm currently a college student studying archaeology so that I can learn about people and help others to understand and interact even across culteral borders. I plan on focusing in Mesoamerica, specifically the Maya. I struggle with severe ocd which makes relationships of any kind difficult for me. I've come a long ways and have found a man who is so wonderful and is willing to marry me! Like what? I was severely depressed and suicidal for a year and a half but I survived and am happy now. I've grown strong. It's a challenge everyday, but it makes me, me.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because nothing else brings me more happiness in life. I know who I am because of it, and I know what I am meant to do here and where I am going in both this life and the next. No matter what I am going through in life, I can turn to my Heavenly Father and be carried through it. I know he will never abandon me, no matter what. That brings me the greatest comfort I could ever find in this life. I'm a mormon because I love the feeling of people working for a common cause of good, seeking only to lift others up and never tearing anyone down. We are a church of love and care-giving. Those are the two most important things I think a person can focus their lives on, and they are the center of Jesus' teachings. I know that the church was restablished by Joseph Smith, and that the Book of Mormon is true. I read it, I've asked for confirmation and I've recieved that answer in the form of peace and happiness even among the darkest experiances life can throw at me. I am a Mormon because I love the Lord, and I know He love me. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the way to eternal happiness, and that's what I want to achieve.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by never forgetting my faith no matter where I am or who I'm with. A lot of my friends growing up were not Mormon, but that didn't inhibit our friendships from being strong, we just chose not to do certain activities together or go to the movies on Sunday. I attend my church meetings on Sunday whenever I can because they uplift me and get me ready for the week to come. I plan activities for my ward like broom hockey, playing human Clue, and lots of other fun things. I love to go to the temple, and participate in service whenever it's there. I am honest in everything I do to the best of my ability, and try to never say anything out of anger to anyone, regardless of what they may have done to me. Sometimes people mock me for my faith, but that doesn't mean I have to think any less of them or love them anymore. I try not to judge people, because really we are all the same to God. I love everyone I meet. I dress modesty because I want the way I look to represent who and what I stand for, which is my God and repect for the body he has given me. I pray multiple times during the day, and I do my best to study the scriptures daily so that I can stay close to my Father in heaven and remember the real purposes of life to love and serve others. I do not let my mental illness affect my faith. At many times I felt alone and the only voice I could here were the crazy thoughts in my brain. But deep down I trusted God to help me. I feel guilty about not being perfect in every way. Perfectionism +ocd= one very anxious person. I've had to learn to be patient and to grow slowly instead of being instantly healed. I've learned to her courage and gave trials, which has brought me so close to my heavenly father.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Michaela
Basically, the church in no way condones those who may experiance same-gender attractions and definitly does not 'hate' or persecute such people. We love them no less than we love all people. What the church does stand against is acting upon those feelings that have been stated contrary to the law of God. For information on this issue, I recommend visiting LDS.org and searching for talks given by Elder Dallin H. Oaks about this issue, who offers the most complete and informed yet sensitive explanations on same-gender attraction. Show more Show less