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Hi I'm McKenna

I'm a mom. I'm learning to embrace autism. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a book nerd. Sometimes just a nerd, but don't tell my kids I said so. Six years ago, our oldest son was diagnosed with autism. I thought the news would cripple me, but autism and I are slowly coming to respect one another. Our son is non-verbal, but he's teaching me the beauty of language not spoken. Don't worry, our other two children make sure our world is anything but silent.

Why I am a Mormon

My father traveled for work while I was growing up, sometimes being away from home for two months at a time. We went with him when we could. I saw so much of the country that was beautiful and good, fun and exciting, unique and diverse. Somehow, all of that taught me to appreciate the power of home. As much fun as I had seeing the country, my favorite part of any trip was coming back to the safety and strength of my home and family. All the things I saw and did while traveling...beaches and mountains, amusement parks and malls, museums and monuments...none of them brought me the feelings of security, peace and happiness that I got just sitting over the dinner table and laughing with my family. The foundation for our home life was built upon the teachings of the Savior, taught in His church. Being Mormons made us happy. Now I have children of my own, and my husband and I try to fill their childhood with similar memories of mountains and monuments and fun. But we know that none of that can replace the safety and security we can give them by keeping our family strong. We rely on the teachings of the Savior to do that and, in turn, my family and I are happy still. That is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I love attending my church. We moved away from our extended family, but our friends at church have been a second family to us. They have welcomed my son with open arms, learning all they can about autism and always working to make sure he feels happy when he's there. I am a teacher in my church. I love preparing lessons and learning from the experiences of those I teach.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

McKenna
I love being a woman in my church. I speak in church. I teach in church. I serve those around me with gifts that are specific to me. The men exercise the priesthood to do what the Lord has asked of them. And as a woman, I fulfill a sacred and important role in the church using gifts that are no less important. The Lord has given us different responsibilities Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

McKenna
My children are ever asking my questions, some silly and some serious How does that car work? What is that dog thinking? What do these words mean? What if my friends are really aliens? If I can stop and answer so many questions like these, how much more will a loving Father in Heaven answer His children when they ask Him the things from their hearts? "For every one that asketh receiveth and he that seeketh findeth and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?" Matthew 78-11 Our Heavenly Father loves us...loves all His children. Ask Him. And if your question and intent are sincere, He will "give good things to them that ask him". Show more Show less