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Hi I'm Mac

I grew up in Idaho. I'm in the middle of four brothers.I'm a die-hard fan of Iron Man, Ninja Turtles, and LOTR. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love hiking and camping in the mountains of Idaho. I also love to run. I have ran several half-marathons and am beginning to build up to do a full one.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family, so going to church was always just the way I did it. Many other people have grown up like this, just going through the motions, and they tend to have a big lightbulb moment, when they realize that church is something they want to do for themselves, not just because their parents want them to. I never had that. There was no single big lightbulb moment for me. My life has simply been small lightbulb moment after small lightbulb moment. Yes there are definitely some that were bigger than others, but it is impossible for me to isolate a single instant. This is God's church. I know it. I always have.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by just being the type of person that Jesus Christ would want me to be, which is really the best me I can be. Being a follower of Christ is more than what you do, it is who you are. I am not perfect. But I am sure trying. I try to love as He did, and be an example of Him at all times in all things and in all places. I am currently serving a two year, full-time mission. Many people think it's weird to give up two entire years of my life devoted to my church, paying my own way, but when I see how much of a hand God has had in my life, and the joy living His gospel brings, I would feel selfish if I didn't do everything in my power to share that with anyone and everyone I can.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Mac
A testimony, to put simply, is a statement of truth. Particularly when Mormons speak of our testimonies it is spiritual truth. Such as Jesus Christ really is the Savior of the world, that God is truly our Heavenly Father, and He loves us. This spiritual knowledge comes from God, through study and prayer. An excellent example of this is found in the Bible, in Matthew chapter 16 verses 13-17. During Jesus's earthly ministry, He asked His Apostles (the 12 who were closest to Him) who the Jews thought He was. Most of the Jews, who had seen His miracles and heard His teachings, simply believed He was another prophet, nothing more. But then Jesus asked Peter who He was. Peter answered with his testimony, that Jesus was the Christ, or in other words, the Son of God and the promised Messiah, who would pay for the sins of the world. Jesus goes on to tell Peter that he is blessed for knowing that, and that the world hadn't told Peter this, but the knowledge came from God in Heaven. It is the same way with us. We can read the teachings in the Holy Bible, and in the Book of Mormon, but for us to know that they are true, we need to take it to God and ask Him in prayer. That is how I know that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior. That's how I know that God loves each of us. I have prayed to know for myself and God has answered me, and He will answer anyone who asks with Faith in Jesus Christ and real intent. Show more Show less