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Hi I'm Makayla

I'm from Utah (USA), I come from a small family, and I am currently serving an LDS mission.

About Me

I grew up in a friendly neighborhood, where I made many lasting fiends of all ages. I love the outdoors, and any adventurous activity that I can get my hands on and afford. However, I also love novels, sketching, and movies. In high school, I played in the school band for a little while. I also played on the tennis team for all four years, and grew to love my team, coach, and experience (although we didn't win much). After I graduated from high school, I attended Brigham Young University for one year. College was not easy for me, but it was very rewarding (often the hardest things can be the most rewarding). Before Christmas of 2015, I made the decision to serve a mission. A few months later, I opened my call to Manaus Brazil! I left my family on May 25 2016, and I am currently serving. I could not be more happy to be serving the Lord in this way.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, and I love being a Mormon! The gospel of the LDS church truly offers me a kind of peace, happiness, and direction that I can find nowhere else in the world. However, just because I was born into the church doesn't mean that I didn't have to work hard to know of its truth. A love for the gospel of Jesus Christ comes through sacrifice. This sacrifice includes things such as abstaining from alcohol (keeping the word of wisdom), not having sex until you are married (keeping the law of chastity), trying to be kind, patient, and faithful (like the Savior), attending Sunday meetings, fulfilling callings, and paying tithing (10% of your earnings to the church). Although these things may seem frustrating or senseless, I promise you that they have paramount purpose. The world has its own ideas of what constitutes a successful and joyful life, but God knows best because He created us. As I have made an effort to live as God has instructed us to do through the scriptures, prophets, and personal revelation, I have come to gain a testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is why I'm a Mormon - because I have tried it, and learned for myself that the Gospel is true. I know that God loves all of His children! He has sent us to earth so that we might grow in our character and knowledge, and become like Him. He has lovingly given us so many tools to be successful and have pure joy. Jesus Christ felt all of our feelings of pain, hurt, inadequacy, and fear. He died that we might live after death. He paid for our sins, so that we only need to come unto Him in sincere humility and repent. This allows us to be clean and live with Him, our Heavenly Father, and loved ones again. Keeping His commandments brings the purest joy to be found. These things I know without a shadow of doubt to be true.

How I live my faith

I love participating in ward callings, and other service opportunities. LDS church members often are called to do things that may be new or slightly intimidating to them. However, Heavenly Father knows our talents and our weaknesses. He may call us to do something, through a ward leader, that is based on one of our specific talents that suits us well for that calling. He might also call us to do something that may require us to step out of our comfort zone and grow. When we receive callings like this, it is best to accept them with faith, and look forward to what growth Heavenly Father has in store for us. I have worked with my peers, younger children, and adults in my callings. There are both tricky and wonderful things about all of them. I know that when I have put forth my best effort in each of my callings, I have come closer to Heavenly Father and those with whom I am working. I also live my faith each day by putting my trust in Heavenly Father, and being optimistic about the experiences that He is placing before me. I do this by actively doing what He has asked me to do. This includes attending church each Sunday, reading from the Book of Mormon or Bible, praying with real intent, and striving to keep all of His commandments. Although these things require effort and sometimes sacrifice on our part, we are blessed when we do them. I receive guidance, a witness of their truth, comfort, peace, and growth.