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Hi I'm McKinley

I'm a Mormon, Mom, and Fashionista

About Me

 I am a mom, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, granddaughter, friend, and neighbor. I went to school at FIDM the fashion institute of design and merchandise and became an assistant designer for well known bridal manufacture. I love to paint, sketch, draw, make crafts, knit, ski, blog, sew, play lacrosse, body board, dance, and be a mom.

Why I am a Mormon

 I was born and raised LDS but with loving parents who allowed me to choose if this was truly the religion that I wanted to practice. When I was a Senior in high school I wasn't sure if I was ready to head off for college knowing what I believed was true. I spent one night in my room pondering what I believe. I had an overwhelming feeling that this was correct, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the true and restored gospel. From that moment on, my life has been blessed with the power of prayer, love and personal relationship with my Savior Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father, and the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. I am Mormon because I know that this gospel is not flawed, there are no holes or gaps. That it is exactly the way God has designed his church to be. I am Mormon because I know in my heart that this is the best thing in my life, that with out it I would not be who I am today and would not have my amazing husband and child. I am Mormon because I would not have it any other way!

How I live my faith

I volunteer to watch the young children during church so their parents can attend Sunday School. I also like to attend the temple once a month with my husband.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

One thing that is always astonishing to me is the human body. The human anatomy is phenomenal. The way that every cell knows how to do it's job. The way the body heals, genetics and the way it constructs our body and it's cells, and the miracle of life. With out a divine intelligence how is any of this possible? Our bodies have been a wonder to man since the beginning of time, and the only thing that makes any sense is the sure fact that we were designed in the image of God. Just by pondering these details and other details of the earth cements my testimony that God does live and has created everything I can physically see. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

This is a common question I get from Non-denominational Christians. No we do not worship Joseph Smith. He helped restore The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Because he was persecuted and murdered for religious reasons we honor his diligence, courage, bravery, love and example, and through teachings we acknowledge all that he suffered, taught and did. We worship God and have a personal relationship with him and our Savior, Jesus Christ. We begin our prayers with God's name and seal our prayers in our Savior's name. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

I think that this can be hard to understand especially at a young age. From my personal experience I learned how permanent things are to the body. When I was 20 I fell down a flight of stairs and severe broke my left hand leaving me with surgery and many months of physical therapy and to this day I do not have full range of motion in my left hand. Of course this was an accident and nothing more then I could have prevented, but it bare whiteness to me of all the reasons we need to care for our bodies. Since this case was an accident it puts in perceptive of why we need to care for our bodies like we would something sacred. When altering our bodies we are changing something permanently about the natural structure whether that be a piercing or tattoo or drinking and smoking, it is altering the body with chemicals and/or the break down of cells. In the Bible temples were a place of worship and held a very sacred meaning. Our bodies are a gift from God, and it is such a blessing and a beautiful gift to be able to have a healthy functioning body. There for we should be doing everything in our power to keep our bodies on the path of the most excellent health and not to break down the tissue of skin and muscles to become permanent change. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

By having the members of the Church donate 10% it can help everything from aid of natural disasters, to building churches and temples, to helping members in each ward. Because everyone who contributes to the church (i.e. Prophet, Bishops, Sunday school teachers ect.) does their work voluntarily the money that is donated is used for everyone in every situation instead of a job position. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

I love talking about this because I had a wonderful Sunday school teacher who explained it perfectly. We do believe we are saved by grace, but not by grace alone. We must do all that we possibly can do and then we can be saved by His grace. We have our free agency, we must make the right decisions first, because faith alone can not save us from our auctions. In order to be saved by grace we need to keep the commandments that God has given us, this also refers to the covenants that are made in the temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But we must first have a testimony of God, Christ and be baptized with a true conversion in to the LDS church, then once going through the temple and receiving our endowment and making covenants and keeping them, we can be saved by grace. Do you see how this works... by keeping the commandments, covenants and attending the temple and church regularly it holds us accountable of our actions, because we are constantly doing all that we can do, because we are constantly striving to have a relationship with Heavenly Father and with Christ, and because we are alining our selves with the right decisions. Because we have done all that we can we can and will be saved by His grace. It is a wonderful and amazing blessing, but it is expected of us to be responsible of all our actions and we need to be actively involved of constantly making the right decisions. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

I truly believe our bodies are a divine blessing and gift. That God has granted us with health, intelligence and beauty and it is our responsibility to care for our bodies on this earth with the best care possible. Most chemicals such as illegal drugs and tobacco can leave our body with an addiction and keep us away from having our own personal will, not to mention the painful damage it can to do our organs/body. I know that coffee and tea can serve wonderful benefits to the body, but the word of wisdom has asked us to not partake of these. I began to think that we are not the only religion that believes in a dietary law, my dad who was born and raised Jewish before joining the Church, did not eat anything with a hove or certain things were to be kosher. I then realized why it is important for me to keep the word of wisdom, it too show sacrifice in every single day. We believe in the law of sacrifice, and these may not seem to be important in the large scheme of things but it shows to everyone around me, including my Father in Heaven that I am willing to do even the smallest thing in life and to care for my body. It is a small sacrifice to make everyday and it helps remind me of my testimony when I choose to not drink alcohol, tobacco, coffee, teas, and illegal substances. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Absolutely not. My husband is Filipino and joined the Church when he was 16. Show more Show less