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Hi I'm McKenzie

I love rockhounding with my husband and rocking my two little boys to sleep. I'm an amateur photographer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up at the base of a volcano…I guess it was inevitable that I would study them later. An amazing teacher in my high school Geology class really pointed me in that direction too. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Earth Science Education and have consequently had the opportunity to introduce my own students to the wonder of how our world works. However, life has a way of switching gears on us. My last year of college I met the love of my life. We were married and a week after graduating I gave birth to our first child. We have two little boys now and I stay at home and play in the dirt and rocks with them. They are my best students yet! My husband is still a student and money is tight. My desire to help with income, while still being at home, led to my new favorite hobby—amateur photography. This science teacher has now become a business woman. I've been running a small photography business now for over a year. I love being a wife and mother. Its chaotic and somtimes I feel my patience tested to the max. However, there are moments when we're laughing at the dinner table or reading bedtime stories when I feel that I have a piece of heaven on earth, and that makes it all worth it.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents taught me the gospel of Jesus Christ from birth. At eight years of age I was given the opportunity to be baptized by my father. I still remember when he lowered me into the water. I felt something wonderful inside me. A warmth I can still recall now as an adult. I knew that I had done the right thing and that was a foundation block of my faith. As a child, when I had questions I turned to my parents. They drected me to prayer and to the scriptures. Once when I had done something wrong I asked my mother how I could repent. She instructed me to search the scriptures and pray. I read a passage in the Book of Mormon on repentance that touched me heart. It was as if the prophet who had written the words, had done so with me in mind. I prayed to know if the things I had read were true and if I could be forgiven. I felt that same warmth in my heart as I felt on the day I was baptized. I knew that God loved me and felt that through Christ I had become clean. These experiences were followed by many similar ones, all reminding me of what I have already felt over and over. I am a mormon because as I have lived the teaching found in the Church of Jesus Christ I have truly come to know my Savior. I have felt the reality of his power to forgive sin and also to change my heart and make me a better person. I have felt the spirit teach me and guide me when faced with hard decisions or trials. I have felt peace and comfort in times of testing. I have seen this same effect take place in the lives of my loved ones. I serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Argentina and saw the same miracle take place in the lives of others who lived in a different part of the world with a completely different culture. I'm a mormon because it makes me happy, but even more so because it makes me fill full. I fill like my life has purpose. Even the hard and unhappy parts of my life become sacred and meaningful with the gospel.

How I live my faith

After Peter's trials of faith and conversion he was told by the Savior: "feed my sheep". I feel my own faith strengthened as I teach others and serve. Currently I teach the youth in our church on Sunday. We discuss the teachings of our modern day prophets and share our own experiences to stengthen one another's faith. I try to do my part to visit and teach woman in the ward, to help support and strengthen others who are trying to follow Jesus Christ. I pray to know who is in need of my help and how to best serve them. I try and live the way God has asked me to and I hope that others will see my exampe and want to know more about my faith. I try and create an environment in my home that invites the spirit--for the benefit of my family and for any who might visit.