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Hi I'm Makenna

I'm a student studying Speech and Hearing Sciences; I am a ballroom dancer and soccer fanatic; I love my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the desert of Arizona. My family was never particularly affluent, but my parents worked hard and taught me and my four younger siblings the value of family and determination. I was always a little more of a Daddy's girl, and my hobbies reflect it. I play, referee, and coach soccer; I love riding a quad and shooting. Once I started at a University, I took up Latin/Swing/Ballroom dancing as an elective and was hooked- my dance partner and I started competing last spring! I'm fluent in American Sign Language and am majoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences- my goal is to be a speech pathologist. I plan on using some of my time as a student to travel and overall just have fun experiencing life!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the church, but even those of us born and raised under the shelter of the gospel need to discover for ourselves our own testimony. I began to really gain mine once I started high school- I could see Heavenly Father's influence in my life, the blessings and tender mercies He afforded me and the peace of His spirit when facing trials. It wasn't until I started college and moved out of my parent's home that my testimony solidified. I was afraid and, even though I was 15 minutes from my family, I felt alone in unfamiliar territory. I prayed every day, and over time my prayers were answered. I was comforted by the spirit. I made friends who are still my example of Christ-like service, and while attending Institute I began to truly get to know my Savior. I have a firm testimony in the power of prayer; God wants us to come to Him and is just waiting for us to ask. I know that He knows me and that I am His daughter. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am very involved with my Institute of Religion on campus. I take a scripture based class every semester- currently I'm studying the New Testament. I am also very involved with the Institute choir. We perform at devotionals as well as the Visitor's Center of the temple and occasionally at interfaith events. There's just something about music that shares the gospel better than always speaking it. I have had the opportunity to sign as the choir sings, and it continues to be an amazing experience. In church, I am assigned different girls to teach and check in on every month (visiting teaching). I love serving the community, meeting new people, and being with those that I love!