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Hi I'm McKenzie Sue Christensen

I am a graphic designer, I love checking things off my bucket list, I love playing the piano, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 21 years old and currently attending Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Home is very important to me and throughout my life, I have called Washington, Utah, Israel, and New York my home. I lived in Jerusalem over the summer of 2012 and the Holy Land is very special to me. I am the middle of 5 siblings and was raised on a small farm town that is dear to my heart as well. I love my family and I grew up with lots of cousins and relatives nearby. I love checking things off my way to long bucket list and am trying to enjoy life to the fullest!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church and I am so blessed to have it in my life. Without it, I don't know where I would be or who I would be. This gospel makes me so happy, I know that after I die I get to be with my family, my spouse and children, and my Heavenly Father again forever, how can I NOT be happy knowing that! Having this knowledge makes it easier when times are hard because I know I am never alone. The Book of Mormon is so powerful and it has influenced my life for good so many times, I know it is from God. This gospel makes me who I am, I am not just a part of this church, but it is a part of me.

How I live my faith

I am currently at BYU getting a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Communication as a graphic designer. I plan on using this skill to help everyone in the world know how important my religion is to me. I try my best to go to the temple every week, it so peaceful and I can always feel the spirit there. I play the piano in sacrament or devotionals so that the music I play can bring the spirit to the meeting. I try my best to be a disciple of Christ and live this gospel and make my Father in Heaven proud of me and shine Christ's light through my words and deeds.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

McKenzie Sue Christensen
As I lived in the Holy Land for 3 and a half months, we studied the Bible, both the Old Testament and the New Testament, as we got to see and experience the places in it. We studied the writings of the prophets of the ancient Israelites that foretold the coming of our Savior, and then read, discussed, and studied the New Testament as we traveled to Galilee and Nazareth and the wonderful places of Christ's life. As Mormons, we believe in the Bible because it testifies of Jesus Christ and influences many people to follow Him. We believe in Jesus Christ and want to help others follow Him as well. The Bible is very dear to me as I've been to the Holy Land and we know of its truth and testimony of the divinity of Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

McKenzie Sue Christensen
Our church services starts with what we call sacrament meeting. It is held in our chapels on Sunday and lasts a little over an hour. Each week during that service, we partake of the sacrament — or communion, similar to the sacrament that Jesus performed, where we eat bread and water in similitude to the body and blood that the Savior shed for us. We do not have professional paid pastors that speak to us, instead we ask people from the congregation to speak on a certain topic. Visitors are always welcome to attend. We sing hymns, open and close with a prayer, hear from speakers, and will have musical numbers that all preach of Christ. After sacrament meeting, there are Sunday School classes for each age group, beginning with 12 year olds. There is also a nursery provided for young children (18 month - 3 years) as well as a Primary for 3-11 year olds. This makes is easier to teach about Christ in their age-appropriate settings. This is where we talk about scripture and find inspiration and application for our own lives. After this meeting, we then split into meetings where the women meet and the men meet. Young Women consists of 12-17 year olds, women over 18 years meet in Relief Society, and men split up into different Priesthood meetings depending on their age as well. We hear from other members of the congregation and discuss doctrine and principles of Christ's Gospel. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

McKenzie Sue Christensen
Yes, yes, and an absolute yes! I love the Bible, I love the stories of Jesus, of the Apostles, and of all the ancient prophets in the Old Testament. I lived in Jerusalem for 4 months and hold it dear to my heart because I got to visit places the Savior had visited during His time on earth and learn more about His life and how I can become more like Him. The Bible has so much history, doctrine, sermons, and testimonies of Christ. It makes me sad when people think we do not believe in the Bible or believe in Christ. We know the Bible is the word of God and were written by men who were inspired by the Holy Spirit to write it down for generations to come. Through that same process we have additional Holy Scripture, like the Book of Mormon, we we believe supports and compliments the Bible. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

McKenzie Sue Christensen
Oh my goodness, wherever I look around tells me there is a God! I find Him in the beautiful nature and unique world we live in. The night sky with the moon and billions of stars tell me there is more out there than just little ol' me. The science behind our bodies, how they are built and work the way they do can not be just a coincidence, it is the most grand design! Just looking at the miracle of a tiny new baby tells me there has to be a God. The beautiful and complex creations all around me could not come from pure chance. If we were not just sprouted from evolution, then there must be a reason or purpose for our existence and that reason leads us to a Divine and Heavenly Being. It's so amazing, isn't it!? Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

McKenzie Sue Christensen
The Book of Mormon is another testament that Jesus Christ really lived and was our Redeemer and Savior. It contains writings of ancient prophets just like the Bible. The Book of Mormon dates back to 600 BC when God commanded a prophet Lehi to leave Jerusalem before it was destroyed and sieged by the Babylonians in 587 BC. The Lord led Lehi and his family to the Americas, and the rest of the Book of Mormon is from his descendants and the great civilization that came from him. It is a collection of writings from their prophets and record keepers. The book is named after Mormon, who is one of the last of these ancient prophets and compiled all the writings together. These prophets knew of the mission of Jesus Christ. There is records that He appeared, after His Resurrection, to these people in America. It is such an amazing book that has teachings of Jesus Christ, and it testifies of His Atonement and doctrine. It is not a replacement of the Bible in any way, it only supports and verifies the Bible. I always find myself motivated to be better and more like Christ after reading from the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

McKenzie Sue Christensen
No one can explain himself better than Joseph Smith himself. You can read the story of the First Vision in his own words here: https://www.lds.org/scriptures/pgp/js-h Just to give you a summary, during his early childhood, there were many Christian churches rising in the New York area where he lived and he wanted to know which one he was supposed to attend. He came across the scripture in James 1:5, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God" and so that's exactly what he decided to do. He went to a quiet grove near his home and fervently prayed for an answer. There, he saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. He was told to attend none and he later was visited by other heavenly messengers who prepared him to restore the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

McKenzie Sue Christensen
Jesus taught that baptism is essential for salvation. But many people have died without knowing the gospel or are baptized without proper authority. We don't think these people are stuck though! God is merciful, He wants everyone to have a chance to accept the Gospel. So we perform proxy baptism in behalf for those who die (especially our own ancestors). This is not automatically giving them membership into the Church, but now they have a chance to accept or decline what has been done in their behalf. We want no one to be left behind! Show more Show less