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Hi I'm Mischa

I was raised in Alaska. I'm currently a missionary in Japan, Tokyo. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived in Alaska from age two to twenty-one, and it will always have a special place in my heart. I love the mountains, and the night sky. I am number seven in a family of thirteen. All of my siblings younger than me were adopted from various countries from China to Ethiopia. I love all kinds of metalwork, especially bladesmithing. I've been practicing this craft for several years, and I love it. I'm especially interested in the Japanese swordsmithing techniques. I want to know more about the deeper science and chemistry principles involved in it, so I'm planning on pursuing a career in metallurgical engineering. I also love drawing, and figure skating. I love playing piano, and I've been told that I'm amazing at it. I enjoy singing while I play piano. I play mostly LDS music (such as EFY songs), but I also play a lot of sappy love songs. Another big detail is I suffer from severe depression. I have had it for almost half my life now. I also have severe anxiety. Loud noises and crowded spaces are near impossible to endure at times. I often wonder 'why me', and almost as often I can't come up with an answer. But One thing I know without a doubt is that God is aware of me and my struggles. I know He will never require more of me than I can give. There have been countless times when I thought I couldn't handle any more, and I thought I was about to break. However every time God intervened. He sent help. God would not let me break. I know that He never will.

Why I am a Mormon

Honestly I never doubted the church. From a very young age I was certain it was true. Even as a small child it just made so much sense. I've always had a testimony, but starting when I was around fourteen it started to grow, and it's been growing and developing ever since.

How I live my faith

I am serving a mission in Japan for two years, sharing my beliefs and faith with the people here. Living and serving in Tokyo with severe depression, and anxiety is indescribably hard, and I'm often at a loss for how to handle my challenges, but with the Lords help I am doing it. I'm not always sure why I was given these challenges in this life, but I have come to realize one of the reasons. Because I have these challenges I can more easily understand and help others with the same or similar challenges. I have come to realize that one of my callings in this life is to understand and empathize with others that are struggling, or hurting, or afraid, and to help them, and to heal them. I have great challenges, but I also have great gifts, some of which are direct results of those same challenges. A very significant moment was when I realized that I wouldn't give up any of my gifts for anything; not even to get rid of any if my challenges. I realized that I'm willing to accept the challenges with the gifts, and that the person I am is the person God wants me to be. Currently I am assigned to a part of Tokyo called Adachi. Compared to America the ward here is small, but they're like on big family. There are a few gaikokujin (or foreigners), but the bulk of the ward is Japanese. Some people serve missions cause it's an expectation as a church member, but it's important to know that it really is an expectation from God, not other members. I went cause I knew it was right. The single biggest reason however is that somewhere out there is a righteous daughter of God that God intended me to marry, and I know that that young lady wants to marry a young man that has served a mission to the best of his ability. Not only that; she deserves such a young man. I am doing my best to become that young man, though at times I doubt that I'm doing it well.