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Hi I'm Makaela

I love to be surrounded by friends and family. I'm going to school to become a Social Worker. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to go paddle boarding, river rafting, skimboarding, and long boarding (I’m just a hobbyist, but I love practicing!). I also enjoy watching movies, playing Mario Kart (on the Wii), reading, drawing, listening to music, and traveling. I was recently able to go to Cape Verde, a cluster of islands off the coast of Africa, and do some humanitarian work. Being able to serve the people there made that one of the best trips I’ve been on! When I get home from my mission in Argentina, I will continue to go to college with the intent of becoming a social worker. I feel most accomplished when I can help those around me. And I absolutely love to be around the people I love!

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to grow up in a home where my parents were strong believers in the church. However, I didn’t always know for myself that this church is true. I don’t have a specific experience or point in time when I suddenly knew the church was true, and I’ve never lived without the gospel. Rather, my faith has been built on several experiences that I’ve had, and the constant peace that I feel as I continue to live the teachings of this church. I promise that this way of living life brings true happiness and joy. That doesn't mean that my life is perfect. Life is still very hard. But because of the truths I have learned and applied, there is purpose and hope in everything that happens. I know that the Book of Mormon is true, and that there is a God, and He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. I know that Joseph Smith was a servant of the Lord, and that God speaks to us today through the men He has called to speak for Him. and I know that Jesus Christ lives; and because He lives, and He knows us personally, we never have to be alone unless we choose to be. Christ's life and Atonement is so much more than dying on the cross. And I am so grateful for the knowledge I have of Him. I know that God loves us more than we can comprehend, and that He has a plan for us. Even though I might not understand why something is done the way it is in this church, or what a scripture is trying to say, I cannot deny the knowledge that I have received. Because of this gospel, I feel comforted in knowing that my life has a purpose, and that God cares about me personally, and knows what I need in order to succeed. Because of this gospel, I know that I will be able to see my family even after this life comes to its end. I know that God loves each and every one of us. And I am proud to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

When I went to high school, I was a member of the National Honors Society. We did service projects for the community monthly. One November, our group collected and delivered enough food for around 50 Thanksgiving dinners, complete with a turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc., for families who would not have otherwise had a holiday dinner at all. I have also helped to plan and prepare several activities and camps for groups of 12-200 youth, as well as lead, guided, and comforted smaller groups of teenaged women. There have also been odd tasks that I’ve helped out with. For example, cleaning and maintaining our church building, helping out with the archery range at a scout camp, and tending children for free while their parents went on dates, participated in an activity, or attended meetings.