What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Mikayla Nizhoni Esquerra

I'm an athlete. I'm a traditional dancer. I'm just plain dorky. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Well I love to play sports. It has always been a huge part in my life and I can't pick a favorite because I love them all! (like tennis, softball, volleyball, etc.) I also love to read fiction. Honestly if I had a whole day to do anything it would probably be one of these things with some traditional dancing on the side. ( like Salsa dancing, Native American Hoop Dance, or Hula). But the one other big hobby of mine, that is truly dear to my heart, is to sing my heart out in the car. Because I'm a tenor solo, meaning ten or so feet away and so low you can't hear me. (If ya missed the joke just say the last sentence out loud)

Why I am a Mormon

It's funny how many times I have been asked this and in so many different ways.But each time I have to say I never really had a good reason until my high school social studies teacher asked the class, on the first day of school, a question regarding the afterlife.He refused to continue talking until someone answered his question. Being a silly sophomoric Sophomore and after what felt like an hour of silence, I told him what I have always been taught growing up. About how there is an afterlife and basically just a quick run down of the Plan of Salvation. He asked me immediately after if I was Mormon and then after that day he never let a day go by without asking me for my "Mormon" opinion.(He never called it that but every question always hit some standard of the church).From current wars to historical events he would find some aspect that made me have to take a stand on what exactly I thought I believed in.I have never had an experience like this before.But after that first week of school it became evident that I had to decide where I stood and make my stance or to drop the class and say that it was just to hard. I'm stubborn, well at least everyone has told me twice over so I stayed in the class.But this class made me question everything that I thought that I believed. There were some days that I had no idea how to answer and I would return home frustrated with the world and would dread returning to school the next day. But after about a month of wanting to just scream at the top of my lungs, I finally sat down and just prayed about everything. I prayed about being scared of being called out in class about something I had no idea of and looking the complete fool and of how I didn't know if what I was actually saying was true. After about 5 minutes after my prayer, when all my frustration was out, I had a slow warmth fill me and I got my answer. I knew then just like I know now that this gospel is completely true. And if it is true than why not be a Mormon?

How I live my faith

Right now I am actually choosing to live my faith by serving a LDS mission. I chose to live my faith by actively going out everyday and living the quote, "A missionary is someone that leaves his or her family for two years (or 18 months) in order to bring families together for for all eternity." I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!