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Hi I'm Joe McKay

Opening the door to Jesus Christ is changing me, I love the process, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was in my early 30's when I met two Mormon missionaries in downtown Boston. I had grown up in and around New York City as the oldest of six children in a faithful Catholic family. Despite my youthful rebelliousness, I continued to wonder about God. But my attempts to explore philosophy and religion only produced more unanswered questions. I strongly believed that all moral values were relative, self-determined and situational. I was convinced that it was impossible to prove any moral ABSOLUTE that is true now and forever. My like minded friends and I would joke, "Believe what you want to believe, as long as it is convenient!" How could these missionaries possibly untie this "Gordian Knot" in my mind and heart? Yet, while exhibiting a rare degree of confidence, compassion, and genuine humility, they suggested a Spiritual Compass that could guide me through the minefield of moral philosophy. They said heaven-sent "personal revelation" would point the way through the mist of partial truths and man-made philosophies that surround us. They introduced me to the Book of Mormon and asserted it was a divinely inspired prophetic record. They said we have a loving Heavenly Father who will confirm its truthfulness and eternal worth, if I studied, pondered, and prayed with sincere intent. They were so right. I discovered eternal truths and supernal blessings that can enrich, empower, and lift our lives. . . if we can just bring ourselves to ask Him with sincere and humble hearts.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love Jesus Christ. I know from head to toe that He atoned for all our wrongdoing and carried the burden of all our pains to purify us when the time comes so that we can return to eternal realms with our Father in Heaven and our loved ones. I am a Mormon because I feel, through the comfort and peace of the Holy Spirit, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has given me the fullness of the Gospel in its purest form available on this earth. I am a Mormon because that Gospel will bless all mankind whether they turn to Christ now or find Him after this life. His Gospel and Church are universal and all embracing, and transcend all sectarian differences. Eventually, we will all be one in Christ. I am am Mormon because Christ is humbling me by teaching me to love all my brothers and sisters.

How I live my faith

During my more than 30 years as an involved member of the Church, I have been asked to serve in many Church assignments (or "callings") which above all have taught me one thing. God Our Father wants us to care about each other, and everyone, everywhere, as His children. He wants us to use our time and talents on earth to grow, progress, learn, and develop greater love and compassion by serving each other, both in the Church and around the world. Through His prophets and local leaders, He asks us to overcome selfishness, and blesses us with heart warming feelings of love when we serve and do our part, both when we are called to do so, and when we care enough to make the effort on our own. Serving in the Church is a great blessing that is teaching me how to care more and demonstrate my faith and gratitude to Jesus Christ.