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Hi I'm Mackay

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a student studying math. My long term goal is to earn a PhD and become a professor. I love working out for functional strength, American folkstyle (collegiate) wrestling, and am becoming interested in reality-based self-defense and martial arts. I am also a backyard beekeeper and love the outdoors in general. My wife and I have two children and love being with and doing stuff with them.

Why I am a Mormon

At first, I was a Mormon because I was born one. But as I grew older, this changed as I had my own personal experiences with God. Perhaps the most independent of these was when I moved away from home to attend college. I was preparing to serve a mission, but needed to know for myself if Joseph Smith was an actual prophet or not. I decided to test the scripture that says: ask and ye shall receive. So I asked God if Joseph Smith was a true prophet. I didn't get any answer at first. But I kept praying. The following Sunday, one of the lessons was on the life of Joseph Smith. I had had lessons and heard talks like this before, but during this particular lesson, the power of God confirmed to me in a personal, and thus not fully verbally expressible way, that Joseph Smith was a real prophet of God. That really changed things for me and became one of the foundations for my Church membership afterward. Since then, I have had numerous other experiences with God that have confirmed other truths found in the Church, and that is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Jesus said: Come, follow me. So I try my very best to do that. This centers my daily faith around prayer and God's word in scripture. Prayer starts and ends each one of my days. I love it because it gives me a chance to talk with God, receive His input, evaluate myself, and change. When I read the scriptures and what the living Apostles teach, I try to ask myself: am I doing that? If I'm not, I try to start. If I am, I try to do it better. Now for the how I do it: the grace of Christ. It is this power that allows the great undertaking of following Jesus and which enables all the truly great things in my life.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Grace is the power by which Jesus cleanses people from sin. It is this power that allows people to change their lives for the better in the big and small things. The Book of Mormon states: it is only in and through the grace of God that ye are saved. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

We do not. We revere Joseph Smith as a an Apostle like Peter and Paul in the New Testament. The Book of Mormon tells the Mormon doctrine of worship: we worship the Father in Christ's name. Everything we do is to follow the example of Jesus Christ so that we can return to Heavenly Father just like Christ did. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

The Book of Mormon answers these questions well: "He shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning...and there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and though the name of Christ." For me, to the degree that Jesus Christ is not part of living my religion, my religion is pointless. Success in religion, and anything else for that matter, is determined by how closely that endeavor conforms to Christ's teachings and life. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

There are two things that must be understood first in order to answer these questions. 1 Despite what society says or what an individual may conclude, good and evil exist. A Book of Mormon prophet put it this way “there is an opposition in all things.” 2 Furthermore, God created us and has given all people the ability to know good from evil and choose good. Now the main question can be answered. No one, except Jesus, has ever chosen good in every situation. This is why the Apostle Paul said, “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” This is not trivial. It is a breach of the requirement on which God gives us life. And since God is completely just, He must enforce the consequence of our breach – physical and spiritual death. However, God is also completely loving. So, He sent Jesus Christ, to live a sinless life, suffer the penalty of our sins, and overcome death through the Resurrection. This is the Atonement, and Jesus did it all willingly. We receive the benefits of the Atonement - eternal life and joy - when we follow His example in all things. Show more Show less