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Hi I'm Mykell

I'm a graduate of Brigham Young University working at Fidelity; I'm preparing to be married in August of 2013; and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I graduated in April of 2016 from BYU, Provo, with a major in Business Management and a Finance emphasis and a HUGE number of art classes under my belt. Besides business, I really love to read and write young adult fiction novels, and it's my goal to one day be published. I also love art, and plan to illustrate my own books. I play a little bit of the piano, and am teaching myself how to play the clarinet, flute, and the melodica. I am fairly fluent in Portuguese, and I'm re-teaching myself Japanese after having two years in high school. I consider myself fairly athletic, and I love activities like soccer and capture the flag. My biggest problem at the moment is finding the time I need for the wide array of interests that I have. Due to my dad's pro engineering skills, my family has moved from Utah, to California, to Illinois, to Indiana, and now we're in Virginia. I have personally spent an additional 18 months in Porto Alegre, Brazil. My greatest blessing in my life has been my family. My three younger siblings are amazing! My parents have always tries their best to raise us the best they could, and I can attest to the fact that they have done a wonderful job. As I've grown older, I've seen more and more of their flaws, but they have always made it clear to us children that they want to see us become twice the men and women they ever were. Being away from home, it's my one regret that I didn't spend more time with my family while I was with them.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents and their parents, and even their parents before that have all been members of the LDS Church. Despite this, my parents and all of our relatives have made it a point to let their children read the Book of Mormon and ask God for themselves if the church is true. I grew up for the first five years of my life believing what my parents taught me about the gospel, and I learned about the Holy Ghost, whose job it is to comfort and inspire the minds of those who feel his influence. I had learned that the Holy Ghost came to your heart and soul and made you feel inside yourself whether something is true or not. One day, I was in the grocery store with my mom when I was about five years old. An old lady passed us in the isle, driving one of those motorized shopping carts, and I noticed after she had left the isle that she had dropped her shopping list. Picking it up, I told my mom I was going to go give it back to her, and then sped off and found her in the next isle. I handed her the shopping list, accepted her thanks, and then hurried back. I felt such an overpowering warmth from that simple act of service, that I rushed back to my mom, knowing that what I was feeling was the Holy Ghost. It's such a simple thing that happened that day, but since then, I have felt the Holy Ghost so powerfully at times that my mortal frame could not hold it in and I have been brought to tears at the knowledge that the Holy Ghost has brought me that this is the true church. I have read the Book of Mormon and I have read the Bible. Both are true, and the Book of Mormon serves to confirm the words of the Bible while the Bible serves to confirm the words of the Book of Mormon. I know that the Holy Ghost--the Spirit of God--can come to anyone. Everyone can know for themselves whether the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true through faith, a pure heart, and prayer. God loves his children and wants them to know for themselves.

How I live my faith

I've been given many assignments in the church since I was old enough to hold responsibilities at age 12. I was first asked to be the secretary for the group of young women, and then became president for the next five years, helping to plan the activities for the young women and making sure that everyone felt loved and included. When I went to college, I was asked to be a ward (or local) missionary. I taught the weekly Sunday School class meant for the young men and women who were preparing to go out on missions around the world. I was to teach them the Christian principles and about love and service--all required for missionary work. I was then asked to be a youth committee member, and I had to plan very large-scale activities like the Valentine's Day dance, Halloween party, and other fun activities for 200-500 youth in the area. It was a lot of work, but it really helped to bring our church youth together and find friends who held their same beliefs. Lots of fun! The next year, I was asked to greet those who came to church each week. I made the programs for each week's meetings and handed them out to those who came into the building. I really love working with people and made so many friends! Now I am going to Brazil for 18 months to act as a full-time missionary. I feel that everything I have done has taught me to love those that I've met, and I really want to teach others about the one thing that I love more than anything else: the gospel!