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Hi I'm Mac

I'm a convert of 40+ years with a wife I love and children we are proud of. MPA from BYU. I enjoy outdoor and service activities.

About Me

My working career has centered on health care management. Young adult converts ourselves, we raised our two children in the Church and they are now grown, married and having families of their own.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because as a young teen I received a spiritual witness of the truthfulness of the Restored Gospel, such that five years later I joined the Church while in college. Now, some 40 years later, I often wake up before the alarm with immense gratitude and joy for God’s blessings, despite the many trials life offers. I John 4:19 says, "We love him, because he first loved us." My conversion experience is how God showed His love for me. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I take advantage of many opportunities to serve others by helping those who can't do things for themselves, teaching classes on Sundays and being a good neighbor.

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

Mac
The Atonement of Jesus Christ consists of all the things He did to bring us together in one with Him and the Father (John 21:25). This purpose is summed up in His Intercessory Prayer as recorded in the Gospel of St. John, Chapter 17. His Atonement has infinite and eternal ramifications for all the children of God (Alma 34:8-17). Of all the things He did to save us from sin and death, our attention is readily drawn to His sacrifice in the Garden of Gethsemane, where He took upon Himself and suffered all the pains of all the sins of all humanity, in full, so that we would not have to suffer them if we repent. He likewise willingly suffered death upon the cross so that we would be resurrected through His victory over death in our behalf. It was necessary for Jesus to perform the Atonement in our behalf because only God can overcome death and hell in all their forms. We cannot do this ourselves. All of us sin and thereby lose the power to repent, become worthy and further improve our standing before God. All of us die and thereby cannot stand before Jesus to be judged and return to the Father. His Atonement removes the impediment of death by the power of the resurrection and the gift of immortality. His Atonement also opens the way for our repentance, baptism and receipt of the Holy Ghost so we can be judged worthy to return to the Father's presence. Show more Show less