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Hi I'm Craig Mackay

I'm an artist. I love backpacking and fishing. I'm the father of 3 boys. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in California to great parents. My Mom and Dad had my oldest brother and then two sets of twins, all within three years. I am the oldest of the first set of twins (by 9 minutes, but who's counting?) . I now work in the Los Angeles area as an artist and when I can make the time for it, I love to go backpacking and fishing in the eastern Sierra mountains with my dad and brothers and can't wait to take my boys with me when they're older. My wife and I have 3 amazing boys ages 9, 5, and almost 2 with a baby on the way. While we're hoping for a girl this time, I would be happy to have another boy join our growing soccer team.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church, but the reason I continue to practice my faith is because of the many spiritual experiences I've had throughout my life. In and through these experiences I've gained a love for Jesus Christ and his gospel. When I was around 17 years old, I was thinking a lot about going on 2-year mission for my church. I had grown up hearing my father tell stories of his mission to Germany in the 1960's and had spent time around missionaries so I was feeling the keen responsibility to serve as I inched closer to the age of 19 when it was expected (by my church leaders, family, and myself) that I would leave home for 2 years to share my testimony and witness of the truthfulness of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to strangers in an unknown location. I had always known that my parents believed, but I felt that I needed to know for myself if what I had been taught as a child was true. I had been reading the Book of Mormon intently one night and decided to test Moroni's promise: "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. (Moroni 10:4)". I got down on my knees and began to pray fervently to know if Joseph Smith was really a prophet and if the Book of Mormon was true. I received an impression that I already knew these things clearly in my mind and that they just made sense to me. I then asked my Heavenly Father directly if he was really there and if he was did he love me? The instant I asked, I felt as if my entire body had been filled with light. I felt with razor-sharp clarity that my Heavenly Father knew me personally and loved me. I'll never forget that experience and I look back on it as one of the defining moments of my life.

How I live my faith

Over the years I've worked with youth and adult members in various capacities. I've taught Sunday School, worked with our congregation's Boy Scouts, and for a time helped with planning our local church activities. Additionally, I take time each month to "Home Teach" or visit a few families I've been assigned to by my leaders in their homes to share a spiritual message with them, get to know them better, and assist their family in any way I can.