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Hi I'm Jennifer McKay

I am an opera nerd. I collect rubber ducks. I believe that dreams do come true. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student studying Vocal Performance. I sing, play the piano, and I used to play the clarinet. I love opera and learning about anything. Not only am I passionate about music and learning, but I am also passionate about life. I enjoy stretching myself and pushing myself, making my life the best it can be. I strive to find happiness in everything and sometimes that means being silly and making a fool out of myself. If I feel like dancing or singing or skipping, than that's what I do. Life isn't about who has more to complain about. Life is about finding the good and squeezing every magnificient thing out of it. I love words. I love reading the words of authors old and new. And I enjoy trying to be an author myself. I love learning and the joy that comes from being enlightened. I collect rubber ducks, Madame Alexander dolls, willow tree angels, mugs, and that is way too many collections. I am obsessed with magical things like Harry Potter and Disney. They have taught me that anything is possible and dreams do come true. I am currently a missionary in the MTC, preparing to serve in Santa Rosa, California, Spanish speaking. Both of my parents, all of my brothers, and two of my sisters-in-law have served missions. But I think their most noble missions have been their calling to serve in their families. Nothing is more important than the calling to raise a child of God. I love my family.

Why I am a Mormon

My great grandma joined the church during WWII in Germany. She and her husband later emigrated to America where they stayed strong in the church. Although my family is very strong in the church, that's not why I'm Mormon. I have been taught the principles of the gospel, and as I have been taught, I have tried the words of God. I have prayed, and received answers. I have read my scriptures and been enlightened. I have obeyed commandments and received blessings and happiness beyond belief. I have followed the counsel of the prophet and been blessed for it. I have received priesthood blessings and felt the comfort of my Heavenly Father. I have tried the word, and have been shown the truthfulness of it. I have not had just one experience, but hundreds that have testified that this is the true gospel of Jesus Christ. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I believe it is the only way for us to be truly happy in this life and through eternity. I am at the age where I have faced many life-changing experiences and decisions, and I have found that I have found true comfort in my Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. I have come to know him through prayer and scripture study and I have felt his presence and guidance in my life. Without my Savior, my life would be without life, without purpose, and without happiness. I know he is the light of the world and the only way to be truly happy for ever and ever.

How I live my faith

I attend school at a Mormon University so I go to church with a congregation made up of college students just like me. I serve in my congregation by playing the piano, contributing musical numbers, and helping others research their family history and perform ordinances in the temple. Mostly, I live my faith by strengthening my relationship with God, and his Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, every day.

In whom should we have faith?

Jennifer McKay
Our Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ. We must have faith that he atoned for our sins. As we exercise, even a particle of faith, his atonement can comfort us and relieve us of all of our burdens - sins, fears, worries, everything. When we have faith in Jesus Christ, we have faith that anything is possible, like it says in Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christm which strengtheneth me." Show more Show less

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

Jennifer McKay
We are asked to donate 10% of our income to the church for a couple reasons. It shows our faith in God. If we are willing to give up a large sum of what we have, God will bless us for it. It is a great act of faith to sacrifice what we have in hopes of receiving blessings. Also, God has given us the opportunity to receive a body, come to earth, and learn and grow that we might be like Him someday. He has given us all - our families, our life, our Savior - everything. The least he asks of us is a broken heart, contrite spirit, and willingness to obey his commandments. And one of those commandments is donating 10% of our income to the Church. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Jennifer McKay
The church is growing because the hand of God is pushing it forward. Without a loving Heavenly Father, our Savior Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost, our church could not grow. This is the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the growth of the church is according to the will of God. It grows, not because it is nice or fun (even though it is both), but because it is true. Heavenly Father is reaching out in love to his children on the earth today, that they might all have the fulness of the gospel and enter the gate of eternal happiness. Show more Show less