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Hi I'm Michaela Proctor

I'm a BYU student. I'm a humanitarian. I'm an adventurer. I love music and writing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a dedicated learner and dreamer. I grew up in Virginia where I was surrounded by history with every step I took and I loved coming to know the history of where I lived. My parents took me to many places around the world and my perspective was enriched with peoples and cultures from all walks of life. As I was going into my junior year of high school, my family moved to Utah, leaving behind all things familiar to my heart. It was a difficult change but I felt that it was right. I was blessed to meet the most amazing people of my whole life and to have the opportunity to lead a group of high schoolers to Kenya to build a school in a rural village. Now I am attending Brigham Young University where I have brought my love of the world and love of service. I continue to learn new things each day, whether in or out of the classroom, and dream of beautiful things for the future.

Why I am a Mormon

My family has been members of this Church for many generations, but that is not the sole reason for why I am a Mormon. There isn't one, life-changing moment I can pinpoint that gave me a testimony, but by doing small and simple things everyday I have felt a greater joy and peace in my life. I feel a special power when I read the Book of Mormon and the Spirit testifies to me as I read it that it is true. I'm a Mormon because there is nothing like this gospel and this Church on the Earth. There is nothing that will give you more peace of heart in troubling times than feeling the Spirit and there is nothing that gives me more confidence than knowing I have a Heavenly Father on my team. When I feel alone, I have the absolute knowledge that the God of the Universe is there and that He knows and loves me personally.

How I live my faith

The Savior has told us to love one another. As I go through life, with its trials and blessings, I strive to help others feel loved. My favorite way to serve is to write a letter or note of love and encouragement to anyone I feel needs it. There is power in simple words and kind smiles. Every once in a while people just need to be reminded of their divine identities. I am preparing to serve a full time mission for the Church and cannot wait to spread light and truth to wherever I am called. Though it is an optional thing for sisters to go on a mission, I feel that it is a small sacrifice to give back for my Savior's atoning sacrifice He gave for me. Because I have been given much, I too must give.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Michaela Proctor
The Lord has called men to hold His power on the Earth but that does not mean that women are excluded from the blessing of the priesthood. It is like a couple walking in the rain--the man holds the umbrella (the priesthood) and they are both protected from the rain. The man is not greater than the woman for holding the umbrella. They both get the blessings of the umbrella. Women are strong leaders in the Church all over the world. Women are over the Relief Society, an organization with the purpose to serve and lift individuals and families, the Young Women, and Primary. Men and women are co-equals in the leadership and forwarding of the Church, not with the same job, but with different and equally important jobs. Show more Show less