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Hi I'm Michael Parks

I am an Oklahoma girl serving a full time mission in California! I love dancing, swimming and being with my family! I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a full time missionary for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I Love it! I have 3 younger sisters and a little brother. I am a homebodie- nothing beats a day with the family! Before my mission I was going to school and completed my 1st year. I want to be a "Marriage Warrior" and help struggling families and marriages survive in this crazy world. My minor is dance, I hope to specifically study Ballroom. I love to swing dance! I have done east coast for 4 years and ballet for 5 (ish), with various other styles mixed in there throughout that time. Ill dance just about anything with a partner and love to learn new moves. I also love to explore the outside world, on horseback or on foot. I love rock climbing and repelling, swimming in lakes, ponds and the ocean when we travel to one. After my mission I'll get back to all of that, until then though I am blessed to be serving the Lord for a full 18 months. We invite others to come into Christ through faith in Christ and His atonement, repentance, baptism and reciving the gift of the Holy Ghost. There is nothing I'd rather be doing!

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because its true. Because through the principals and teachings of the church, I am closer to my Father in heaven. I know who I am and I know who I can become. This knowledge gives me power and strength to face the challenges we have in this life. One of the greatest blessings of the resorted gospel is that families can be together forever. Being Mormon does not mean we do not have the same trials that other families do. We have faced death, divorce, sickness, consequences of our choices and other such situations. But through it all, I have had a sense of pease and happiness in knowing that my family can be together forever. That there is a purpose for everything and that through it all, we have a loving Heavenly Father who can help us through everything. This pease comes from having a testimony of my savior Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being the best I can. Trying to walk the walk and not just talk the talk. As a full time missionary we talk to and reach out to people not of our faith as well as those who are. My goal is to serve as Christ would serve, love as He would love and help others find the joy that the Gospel has brought into my life. The gospel has helped me to gain a perspective on life that helps me when trials and troubles come; when I see others going through similar things, I try and share with them the parts of this truth that helped me.