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Hi I'm Mckay

I grew up in a small community and I'm a musican, outdoorsman and Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of three boys and my childhood was not that different from anyone elses. I grew up loving the outdoors going camping and playing sports. I loved cartoons and movies as most kids do. As I got older I started to get more into music. I had started to play the piano at 6 and by the time I was in elementary school I wanted to play saxophone. I learned to play the alto sax in elementary school and in middle school I swiched to the bari sax. I have kept up with that since then. I participated in marching, symphonic and jazz bands in high school. I have learned to love music, whether its listening or playing. I attended BYU and studied Biochemistry. I am more interested in math and science than I am in english or history. I am also a reader. I have been an avid reader from a young age and have found that I enjoy most fantasy, mystery, and science fiction books. I am now serving a full time mission in the New Mexico Farmington Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the Church but that is not why I am a Mormon. I was taught about Christ for as long as I can remember and it is not the teachings that have kept me a member. I'm Mormon because I know its true. I have had many experiences where the Holy Ghost, or the Spirit of the Lord, has testified to me that the Chruch, the teachings of the Book of Mormon, and the teachings of modern day prophets are true. Because of the feelings that are present when I study and read, and from the blessing I receive from living the teachings,I know its true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith just as any follower of any faith lives their's. I simply follow what is taught and do what causes good in my live. The LDS Church teaches that reading from the scriptures will bring one closer to Jesus Christ and bring blessings from God, so I read from the scriptures every day and I recieve those blessing and I am closer to Jesus Christ. The LDS Church also teaches not to smoke, drink, or do illegal drugs and that God promises to bless us with health and strength if we don't. I want the health and strength and the blessings of being obedient to God's commandments so I do not smoke, drink, or do illegal drugs. Even simpler than what I have said already, is that I follow the teaching of Jesus Christ that have been given to us through ancient and modern day prophets.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Mckay
The simplest answer to why we do baptism for the dead is because it was originally done in the Church Christ set up while he was on the Earth as read in 1 Corinthians 15:29. We also read in Malachi 3:6 that the Lord does not change, which means that his Church would not change either. Since the LDS Church was restored we have everything that was practiced in the Church Christ set up while he was here on the Earth and since he instituted baptisms for the dead, we perform them to this day. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Mckay
The missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints proselyte because Jesus Christ taught, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations" (Matthew28:19). As His church, we do what Christ taught. It is a members duty to share what they know about Christ with others. Whether they do that by serving as a missionary, inviting you to meet with a missionary, or giving you a Book of Mormon, they are simply doing what Christ as asked them to do. If you encounter missionaries, please be polite to them as they are only doing the Lord's will . Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Mckay
Absolutely Mormons believe in grace. Mormons believe in the Bible and the Bible teaches that we are saved through grace ( see Acts 15:11, Ephesians 2:5). The Book of Mormon also teaches that as well. In 2 Nephi 31:19 it teaches that we must "[rely] wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save" and in 2 Nephi 10:24 we learn "that it is only in and through the grace of God that ye are saved." Jesus Christ is the only way that we can live with God again. The common confusion that Mormons do not believe that we are saved by the grace of our Savior, Jesus Christ, probably comes from a verse in the Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 25:23, which says that "we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do." Many people says this denies the grace of Jesus Christ because we have to work for it, however, the Bible teaches the same principle. In Ephesians 2:8 its states that "by grace are ye saved through faith." It also says that "we have access by faith into this grace" in Romans 5:2. So grace is given to us when we exercise faith. And James 2:17 teaches us that "faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone." So according to the Bible, we have to work to show our faith and by our faith, we receive the grace of Christ. From those verses, the Book of Mormon teaches nothing different than the Bible on the doctrine of grace. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Mckay
I wholeheartedly believe that there is a living prophet today. His name is Thomas S. Monson. The Bible teaches that the Lord does nothing until he reveals His secrets to prophets (see Amos 3:7). Nothing! He does not do anything unless he has a prophet. The Bible also teaches that the Lord does not change (see Malachi 3:6) and that He "is the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever" (Hebrews 13:8). So if the Lord is not going to change, why would He stop choosing prophets for His children. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Mckay
Mormons are definitely Christians. The definition of a Christian is someone who believes in Jesus Christ and His teachings. The official name of the Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. His name is our Church name, why would we not be Christian? Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Mckay
The biggest difference between temples and church buildings is their purpose. Our church buildings are dedicated to be a public place of worship. In the building, we can study, pray, partake of the sacrament, and learn more about Jesus Christ. The temple, on the other hand, is dedicated as the House of the Lord just as it was in Biblical times (see 1 Kings 6:1). The temple is a place for sacred ordinances that are necessary for salvation. Those ordinances and the temple itself are reserved for members who are living all of Gods commandments and are worthy to enter. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Mckay
As a Church, we celebrate the birth of Christ and His suffering, death, and resurrection, or Christmas and Easter. These are two of the most significant days in the history of the world because of the spiritual importance of the events that took place. Members also celebrate the regional and national holidays of the country we live in. So as a member in the United States I would celebrate Independence Day and other similar holidays associated with the nation. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Mckay
Wards and Branches refer to the local congregations of the Church. The Church breaks up the congregations by geography so wards are normal sized congregations and branches are much smaller ones. Wards and branches are then organized ibnto groups to form a stake. The wards and branches are meant to be a community or a family that helps and supports one another. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Mckay
The Church has a strong stance against homosexual relationships which many people do not approve of and, many times, misunderstand. The Church does not hate or dislike people who consider themselves gay or lesbian nor should its members. Those who feel same sex attraction are not condemned by the Church or by God, however acting on those attractions is a sin in the eyes of God. The practice of homosexual relations, not feelings, has been condemned by God since the times of the Old Testament. In the Law of Moses it states, "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them." This is the Law Moses and since Jesus Christ fullfilled this law, the Church is not going to put gays or lesbians to death. However, the concept and idea is still the same. It is a very serious sin. Paul, the New Testament Apostle, condemns the practice of homosexuality as well (see Romans 1:24-32 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10). The basis of the idea of homosexuality is obvious to anyone who is familiar with the Bible. The idea is not a new idea introduced by the Church, but is an eternal principle from our God. Show more Show less