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Hi I'm McKay

I've lived on both sides of the US, I'm the oldest of 5 kids, In-N-Out burgers are a way of life, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm from Northern California, the Bay Area part of the state. I love to play sports, particularly basketball and volleyball. I enjoy spending time with others, especially when there's something fun to do! I am an avid reader, and also enjoy keeping up on world news- just knowing what's going on. I also love being a big brother; you definitely learn a lot about yourself from your little siblings! I'm into photography, and did a photography internship for a disaster relief NPO in 2009. I spent a year at college, but now am serving a mission in North Carolina, speaking Spanish! (or trying my best to.) Some of my other hobbies/semi-delinquent activities include: cliffdiving, track and field, movies and videogames, paintballing, fishing, skydiving(one day soon, I hope), music, and science. I am planning to go into the field of medicine somehow; maybe as an oncologist or on the research side, I don't know. I hope one day to have a family of my own-with a dog, too!

Why I am a Mormon

Well, I was born into the church; my mom and dad and much of my extended family are all members as well. But being born Mormon doesn't "make" you Mormon- that comes from personal experience. I guess the answer to the question would be that over my lifetime, I have constantly seen and experienced and felt the Gospel of Jesus Christ at work in my family, my friends, and my church. Really, the reason I am a Mormon is because of the assurances and the blessings it brings me. Common trials and problems in life have been avoided, softened, or completely overcome because of the knowledge I have: such as who I really am, what I am supposed to do with my time here, and what will (or can) happen to me. I am a Mormon because it is good. I have constantly "tasted" the fruits of this church, if you will, and "By their fruits ye shall know them." I know that this church is true, and it is a knowledge that continues to grow and bless my life day by day.

How I live my faith

Right now, the most visible way I live my faith is as a missionary. While I am a missionary, I devote my time (for 2 years) to spreading the gospel- talking to as many people as I can, and trying to offer as many people as I can to learn about our church, our beliefs, and the Book of Mormon too. If you ever see two guys in white shirts and ties, probably riding bicycles- that's me, only in North Carolina:) I'll only be a missionary full-time for 2 years, but after that, I hope to continue to share the gospel with my friends and family, and most importantly by how I live it. To me, you can see someone's faith through their family, their attitude, their friends, how they behave themselves in public or in private- a faith is something that shines through your whole life. So, that's what I am striving to do right now: live my faith!

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A "testimony" that your Mormon friend talks about isn't something he/she gave in front of a jury and judge, or anything like that. Instead, a testimony is a declaration of beliefs and doctrines that someone believes. For example, I believe in the existence of God and Jesus Christ. I know that they love us, and that if we follow their commandments, we will be happy. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that the Bible is the word of God as well. That's a part of my testimony. A testimony doesn't have to be anything fancy, or eloquent, or a certain amount of things said. A real testimony is something directly from the heart- what someone really feels and believes. Testimonies are something significant for all people - it's kind of a summary of what you really are or what you really believe in this world. Show more Show less