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Hi I'm Michael Frederickson

I'm currently serving a mission in the Family History Mission in Salt Lake. I completed a year at BYU-Idaho before my service.

About Me

I was born and practically raised in Northern Virginia. Although humid, Virginia has been a great place to live. I attended college at BYU-Idaho for a year before I came on a mission. I love singing and music. I've been involved in choirs since elementary school, and I've been taking private voice lessons for the same amount of time. When I was three, I was diagnosed by doctors with high functioning Autism, and it was a pretty dark time in my family, thankfully we've been able to endure through that trial. Doctors did not think I'd be able to speak at all. But the Lord had other plans for me so that I would be able to talk, but I did not fully begin talking until I was about 4 or 5. Despite this mental challenge, I was able to complete school, take regular classes, and then I even took an AP (advanced placement!) class in high school. I've been able to become more social and improve those skills throughout high school and into college. I'm currently serving in the Family and Church History Headquarters Mission in Salt Lake City, Utah. My mom is currently working as an elementary school instructional assistant, working with 4th graders, and my dad recently got a new job. I'm the 2nd oldest of 4 boys. I'm very grateful for the trials I've gone through in this life, it's definitely made me a stronger person. I'm also glad that our family has lots of family nearby, so we're able to have regular lunch outings on Saturday, as well as regular family dinners on Sundays.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I love to learn about this Gospel. The Gospel has been able to bless my life in so many different ways. I have a testimony on the Book of Mormon. One day, as I was reading a scripture in 1 Nephi, I appreciated the Book of Mormon much more than I've had prior. I also testify that missionary work, temple work, and family history work are important. In my mission, we have the opportunity to have "Elijah Moments" on experiences that we'll never forget as we are engaged in this important work. I'm extremely grateful to be serving a mission.

How I live my faith

I'm currently serving as a missionary in the Family and Church History Headquarters Mission, located in Salt Lake City, Utah. My current calling is the Young Elder Music Coordinator and Young Elder Music Director, and my responsibilities are to choose and direct the hymns at Young Elder Priesthood Meetings on Sundays, as well as monthly Young Elder firesides. I also participate in our mission's Elijah Choir, as well as our Branch Choir. Prior to serving, I served as a music director for our YSA ward at BYU-Idaho for our men's organization, as well as a ward missionary back in my home ward. While I was a youth, I also served as a representative for a youth conference (that is a 3-4 day camp where the members ages 14-18 have their testimonies strengthened!), which was also a very good calling to me.