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Hi I'm Bryce Mackay

I grew up in Bellevue, WA and am an attorney in Wenatchee, WA with my wife and 3 kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After serving a 2-year mission in Denver, CO, I went off to BYU and met my beautiful wife. We were married on December 15, 2005 in the Mount Timpanogas LDS Temple in American Fork, UT. Two weeks after my wife gave birth to our first son, in 2007, I graduated from BYU and dragged my poor little family to Washington state to attend Gonzaga University School of Law. My Dad is a lawyer, and despite vowing never to do the same thing, I felt strongly inspired to pursue a legal career. Although it was challenging, we managed to graduate law school, have our second child, and make some of the best friends we've ever had in 3 short years in Spokane, WA. Despite always wanting to move back to Seattle, my wife and I decided to take a job where we felt the Lord wanted us to go: in a small town in Central Washington. Neither of us had ever lived in a small town, and were pessimistic that we would ever want to. That pessimism has quickly faded, as we have fallen in love with an area that seems bigger and bigger to us by the week. Living within a mile of church and work is pretty easy to get used to :). At any rate, we know that we're here for a reason, and look forward to raising our family in such a beautiful place. I also love most sports, comedies, and am trying to be more "outdoorsy" (my city-boy roots run deep). Most of all, I just love hanging out with my family...they're the best.

Why I am a Mormon

Trying to answer the question of why I am a Mormon is more difficult than I thought. It's hard to try and express what you feel in your heart. One thing I do know is that God has always spoken to me through my heart and through feelings that I know are real. Although I've been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my whole life, I still feel like I am a convert to the Church. I can't pin-point one experience, but several moments helped shape my own testimony that the Church was everything it claims to be. However, probably the most influential experience I had was when I was 19 years old and I decided to sit down and start reading the Book of Mormon for the first time. I figured after all those years of learning about it at church, it was time. It wasn't long after I started reading that I began to recognize a few things: 1) I felt at peace when I read, almost joyful, 2) I didn't want to put the book down (and I hated reading!!), 3) it made me want to be a better person, and 4) I felt closer to my Savior than I ever had before. Reading the Book of Mormon changed my life, and the feelings I felt as I read gave me a knowledge that the book was the word of God. Most of all, I just want people to know that I know that God lives and loves us. I confess, I have never seen God or Jesus Christ, but I have no doubt that they are real, physical beings who love us more than we can comprehend. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is exactly that: Jesus Christ's true church on the earth today. I know that we are lead by a prophet of God, and 12 apostles, just like when Christ walked the earth. I know that the Book of Mormon is true scripture. I also know that the Bible is the word of God. I know that these things are true independent of any other person, because God has taught me these things personally. I know that God answers prayers and teaches us truth, and that anyone can learn these same truths for themself through Him.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as a youth advisor for the 12-13 year old boys in our local ward (our individual congregations are called "wards"). With this assignment I have also been asked to be the local scout leader for the same boys. I also teach the boys' Sunday school class and attend and help organize our weekly youth activities. One thing I've come to learn over the years is that the Lord gives us certain callings/assignments to challenge us and to help us grow. This has been especially true for me recently serving in the Scouts. I was a failure of a scout as a youth and have never been much of an outdoorsman. Serving in the Scouts has forced me to step way out of my comfort zone by going on campouts, trying to understand basic wilderness survival skills, going on hikes, etc. Being that I am not skilled in any of those areas, I have had to work hard to figure out how to apply certain outdoor skills in order to 1) be able to teach the boys the same skills, and 2) make sure that I don't seriously injure myself. The wonderful thing about these callings, which are entirely volunteer, is that whenever I need help and take the time to get on my knees and ask the Lord for help, He always lifts me up and gives me the strength and/or answer that I need to be successful in what I'm trying to do. In addition, I've been blessed by being surrounded by wonderful youth whose examples of faith, virtue, and kindness have greatly strengthened my own faith. In addition to serving in the Church, I do my best to be a good husband and father, a good employee and colleague, and a good friend. My ultimate hope is that I can make strides each day to become more like the Savior and follow His example. I tend to fail miserably at this most of the time, but through His grace I am able to regroup and keep trying. I am grateful for Jesus Christ and the sacrifice that He made for me, which allows me to repent of my mistakes, make changes in my life, and improve step by step.