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Hi I'm Michelle

I'm a current BYU student, aspiring artist, and hopeful humanitarian. I'm a 1/2 Argentine soon-to-be missionary & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Michelle Skonnard and I am a college student at Brigham Young University. I grew up in a family full of Argentine tradition and cultural diversity. I danced my way through elementary, jr. high, and high school, actively engaged in ballet classes, competition teams, and high school dance companies. I'm inspired by the arts, but have recently shifted to study art and graphic design in college. I love making things and telling stories. I hope to inspire people through my artwork, videography, and photography. One of the things that defines me the most is my passion for cultures around the world. I've traveled to Kenya, Africa, and Santa Cruz, Bolivia on humanitarian expeditions that changed my perspective on life. The people there will always hold a place in my heart because of their kindness and humility. I hope to be actively engaged in my own humanitarian efforts around the world in the future. Going to these places and serving helps me to realize that we are all children of god, no matter where we live or what our circumstances are. I've been called to serve in the Cuernavaca, Mexico mission, and I report to the Mexico MTC on February 18th, 2015. I'm so excited for this opportunity to serve differently than I have in the past by bringing people to Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because of the peace and hope the gospel brings into my life. Whenever I am feeling down or troubled, I am always comforted to know that my Savior knows my challenges and has gone through them for me. I don't have to suffer alone, because Christ suffered for all of our sins. He knows how we feel every day and loves us despite our flaws. I am so grateful for that. For the fact that we have second chances, hope, and the knowledge of a Savior who loves us more than we will ever comprehend. The second reason I'm a Mormon is because of the Love of God. He loves all of his children despite the color of their skin, the language they speak, the circumstances they come from, or the mistakes they have made. Heavenly Father loves us all, and because of that we can all return to live with him. From the middle of Kenya, Africa, to my home here in Utah; I have felt the love our Father has for his children. That love can encircle us individually, and as a community as we live the gospel. We are all the same in his eyes. I'm also grateful for the constant companionship we can receive as members of the church. When I was 16, I had an eating disorder that really influenced my life. I know that Christ carried me through that trial, because I wouldn't have made it through alone. Because of his infinite Atonement, he knows how each of us feel. If we come unto Him; he can lift our burdens, give us hope, and help us endure to the end. There is no mistake that is beyond his reach and he will always plead for us to reach out and take his hand. I know that my Heavenly Father and Savior love me and know that the gospel has been restored to its fullness through the Prophet Joseph Smith. I know that the living Prophet Thomas S. Monson is an inspired representative of Christ, and that we too can represent Christ as missionaries. I know that as we live the gospel, we can prepare the way to return to live with our Heavenly Father in His kingdom as glorified and perfected beings.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being a friend. I relate to people easily and help others to get through challenges and trials. I love learning from others and their examples. I try to be Christlike in my example so that the light of Christ will shine through my life. I love smiling, which is one of the ways I share the gospel best. I am no where near perfect, but continually striving to be my best. I've participated in church callings in Young Women's and currently serve as the Relief Society first counselor in my YSA BYU ward. I know that I've gone through certain trials in my life for a reason, and I've been able to help others with similar trials through friendships and church callings. Teaching others about the gospel and Christ's love for us through personal experience has helped me come closer to my Savior. Currently I am living my faith by preparing for a full-time mission in Cuernavaca, Mexico. I'm excited to share how the gospel has blessed my life and how it can bless the lives of others. I know that Heavenly Father will help me bring others to Christ and the truth of his gospel. Although I am surrounded by Mormons at BYU, I try to make a difference in small ways. I know that through personal study, prayer, and repentance, we can all come to know of the love Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have for us. I believe that small acts of service can go a long way and make a difference in the lives of others. Whether it be a humanitarian effort, or helping a friend in need; I can be disciple of Christ.