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Hi I'm Michaela Nelson

I grew up in Idaho; I am a missionary in the Texas Fort Worth Mission, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a born and raised country girl who loves to be in the beautiful Idaho mountains. I love all of the seasons of the year, and when it snows I am totally in for having some fun in the sun. Family is so important to me, and I am so grateful for the knowledge that I have of knowing that I can be with my family for eternity. I think that there is nothing better than to be with my family making memories that will last a life time. I also like to be mischievous and experiment my scientific side by baking cookies and cooking dinner and testing out my homemaking skills when I can! In my life right now, I have chosen to serve a mission for 18 months for the Church in sharing my testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the people in Texas. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has made me who I am today, which I am grateful for, and I will defend it's truths with all my heart.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon family and community so all my life I have learned the principles and doctrine of the Gospel, but that doesn't necessarily classify the WHY to why I am a Mormon. I'm a Mormon because I know the Church is true. I came to know for myself-by the power of the Holy Ghost- that the church is true. I know that God lives and that His son, Jesus Christ, was crucified for all mankind so that everyone may be saved in the last days. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet,called of God, and that he saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. It is the word of God, and I will defend the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon with my life. I love the gospel, and I love the Lord. I want to teach others the same things that I have been learning for years now because the gospel isn't just for me; it is for everyone who will listen and accept the gospel for themselves. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true church here on earth today, and I know this is true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being me! From growing up in the church I have been able to learn the truthfulness of the doctrine that is taught, and then I apply the principles that I've learned by living it. Even when I think that nobody is looking I live the gospel and I show people what I believe. For me that is the best way that I can share my faith and my beliefs with someone is by simply being me and letting them ask me how I became the person that I am today.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Michaela Nelson
Not everyone is able to serve especially if they have some disability, but all those who are willing and able are to serve missions. Young men can serve when they are 18 years old, and young women can serve when they are 19. Also senior couples can serve when they have retired if they would like to. A missionary is a representative of the Church as well as a representative of God. It is completely voluntary to serve a mission, and missionaries do not get paid for serving a mission. They actually have to pay to serve a mission, but serving a mission is a great blessing to those who serve and their families. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Michaela Nelson
Yes it is true that Christ came to America after He was crucified. You can read about this in the Book of Mormon in 3 Nephi chapters 11-28. (pages 427- 463) Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Michaela Nelson
A testimony is a statement of belief that one gives when they truly believe and know that something is true. How you gain a testimony is through a spiritual witness of the Holy Ghost, who testifies of truth. When someone shares their testimony, they are sharing things that they have come to know for themselves is true. An example would be knowing that Heavenly Father lives and that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world, or that Joseph Smith restored Christ's church, which was established on the earth when Christ himself was here. A testimony can be very simple, but they are very powerful and others can feel, through the power of the Holy Ghost, that what you testify of is true. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Michaela Nelson
Being a Mormon is like being a regular human being. There is nothing that is secret about being a mormon. As a member of the Church I have learned, from experience, some of the blessings of daily scripture study and prayer. I have found a lot of joy in my life as I strive to do the things that the Savior would want me to do. Family is so important to me, and the church strongly supports families because they are essential for God's Plan of Happiness for us. As a member I have the desire to help of people to come to know Christ like I know Him so that is why I am serving a mission. It gives me the opportunity to invite others to come unto Christ, and I am able to serve other people. As a Mormon I have found happiness in living the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and that's what being a mormon is like. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Michaela Nelson
We believe that the purpose in life is to prepare to meet God. We came to earth to gain a body, and to be tried and tested. The reason for this is because God has a plan for us so that we can live with Him for eternity, and the first step to becoming like God is to come to earth and experience the things that help us grow in life. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Michaela Nelson
The Law of Chastity is a commandment given from God that men and women stay abstinent from sexual relationships before they are married. When they are married they stay faithful to their spouse and only have a sexual relationship with them. The power to create children is sacred and should not be misused for pleasure. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Michaela Nelson
No, Mormons do not practice polygamy. The only way we would was if God commanded us to like He commanded Abraham, Moses, Jacob, and other prophets that you can read about in the Bible who had more than one wife. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Michaela Nelson
That 10% that we pay from our income is tithing money. When you read in the Old Testament, you will find that people made sacrifices, and they would normally use an animal if they had one. Then again there is the story of the Widow's Mite in the New Testament where a poor widow gave all that she had for tithing money. The principle taught in the Bible is the same as the 10% that we pay from our income. It's not all about giving as much money as you can to the church. It's the symbolism of giving back to the Lord for everything that He has given us. By modern day revelation that was given to us by a prophet of the Lord we were told that we should give 10% for tithing, and just like obeying a commandment that the Lord has given we obey the commandment to pay our tithing. It's not a matter of gaining recognition in the church that we pay. We do it out of love for the Lord and having faith that as we obey this commandment He has set we will be blessed. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Michaela Nelson
It's not healthy for your body to drink coffee, tea, or alcohol or taking in illegal drugs, and smoking. There is scientific proof that it's not good for you. We learn in the church that God gave us our bodies as a gift, and taking part in any of those substances is defiling that body. We try to live healthy lives so that we can keep our bodies and minds healthy. We call it living the Word of Wisdom. It's a commandment from the Lord that was given to Joseph Smith by revelation in 1833. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Michaela Nelson
Great Question! There is a couple of options. First, you can go to the main page on mormon.org and click on "visit" then click on "Meet with Missionaries." Then a couple of missionaries from the church will get into contact with you as soon as possible. Second, if you know someone who is a member of the church just ask them. They would be more than willing to talk with you more about the church, and also they can set up a time for you to meet with the missionaries. And third, if you see some missionaries walking around with a nametag that says "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints" you can ask them and they would love to set a time to meet with you and share more about our beliefs with you. Show more Show less