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Hi I'm Michaela

I'm a student, an aspiring interior designer, and as a convert of the church, I am very happy to say that I am now a Mormon!

About Me

My life includes a love of running, reading, writing, painting, calligraphy, Disneyland, and all things pink! I just finished my first year of college studying interior design, one of my fiercest passions! I am also a big foodie, it's really hard for me to think of any food I absolutely do not like! I love my mom, she is one of my best examples. She's been on her own since I was born, and raised me and my sister with an immense degree of tenacity and strength. Family is so important to me, and I look forward to the day where I will be creating one of my own!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I love God and I love others. I love feeling that I matter, that I am important, and that I have a true purpose in this life. I love knowing that no matter how much the world may mock me or scorn me or discourage me or devalue me, I will always have the knowledge that Jesus Christ, the only perfect person to ever live, saw me as important and as possessing enough worth to be willing to sacrifice His life and to endure all the pains of the Atonement to provide me and all of mankind with the opportunity for a better eternity. I love following the example of my Savior and helping the world to see the true joy that exists in the restored gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the Lord's true church upon the Earth today. I love the blessings of the temple that allow me to draw closer to God and find complete peace. I love all the scriptures that bring brightness into my day-to-day life. I love being a beloved daughter of my Heavenly Father. I truly and deeply love being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

In my student ward at school, I served as a fellowship committee member for our woman's organization, which involved making each and every girl in our congregation feel welcome and loved, as well as a photographer of all of our members and activities, and a bulletin board coordinator that put up announcements and informed everyone of all the ward activities. I adore meeting people, interacting with others, and being a leader, so all of these callings were perfect for me! My current calling is to be a missionary for 18 months in Rome, Italy and to serve and teach the Italian people! I am eagerly anticipating this opportunity I have to share the good news of the restored gospel with the people of Italy. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has brought so much happiness and strength into my life and I feel so blessed to be helping others learn of the Savior and of His love for them.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Michaela
“We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel” (Articles of Faith 1:3). Our choice to be baptized shows our Heavenly Father that we love Him and want to be a representative of our Savior by loving others and by following His will for our life here on Earth. Baptism is a cleansing of all of our sins by full immersion in water, and only when the ordinance is performed by one having the proper priesthood authority, which is the power of God. Christ showed us that baptism is necessary for salvation and that it must be done in this way when He was baptized by John the Baptist (Mosiah 18:8-10). We believe that the age when people become accountable is age 8, which is why we do not baptize any children younger than that age. Children are "alive in Christ" and have no need to be baptized until they reach this age where they know the difference between right and wrong. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Michaela
Studying these sacred scriptures brings us closer to our Father in Heaven, for they are His words to us to guide us through this life and to bring us hope, direction, and joy. They help us to more fully understand the Lord's will and way for mankind as we diligently search and study the words they contain. Alongside prayer, scripture study allows us to receive answers to questions we encounter in our lives, and allows us to know of a surety that Jesus Christ lives, that He and our Heavenly Father loves us, and that there is a plan and a purpose for our lives. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Michaela
In the Bible we read about all of the many prophets like Moses, Noah, Abraham, and others that the Lord communicated with to guide them on teaching His gospel and directing His church. That may have been a long time ago, and many things on Earth have changed since then, but one thing that has not changed is the need we have for God's guidance in this confusing world. God loves us just as much as He loved those in ancient times, so it is only natural that He would want us to receive the same direction of prophets on the Earth that He has ordained to teach and lead His children. Our modern-day prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, acts as a prophet today, just as Moses, Noah, and Abraham did in the Bible, and helps us to more fully know the Lord's will for our world today. Show more Show less