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Hi I'm Holly McDonald

I professionally photograph Arabian horses all over the World, I am a wife, a mother of four, I love to travel and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I live in Scottsdale, AZ on an Arabian horse training facility with my husband and four children. Over the last few years I realized a talent for photography which has turned into my career. I specialize in photographing Arabians. However, it has evolved into all kinds of photography from horses to weddings. This has provided me many opportunities to travel the World to photograph all kinds of subjects. I love the outdoors and seeing all the beauty around me. I also love to paint, decorate, go to art galleries, the ballet, theater, symphony and watch movies. I have always wanted to learn to play the piano. The piano has always been a life long dream so I decided to buy my first piano. I hope by this time next year I will be as good playing the piano as I am with my camera. I married young and my children quickly came so a college degree was out of my grasp. I thought I would never have a 'career' other than helping my husband with his successful business; but no identity of my own. The Lord showed me that if we act on our abilities and talents there is much he has to offer us, no matter what. We just have to act. I live for my kids and wish there was more time in the day to just relax and hang out with them. They are getting so big and I can not believe how fast time flys us by. My moto is; Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away. I pray I will have lots of moments that take my breath away!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born LDS. From infancy, I had a strong testimony of the gospel. It is EVERYTHING to me. My grandfather was the Stake Patriarch and I spent a lot of time growing up in his home where the spirit always thrived and conversation of the Church was always present. When I was 12 my parents divorced. One night I was crying so hard, I felt the Savior wrap his arms around me and he rock me. I could never deny Him! Later in my twenties I felt a couple other strong moments of the Spirit testifying powerful truth. On a snowy day my husband and I visited Palmyra and the Sacred Grove. No one was there but us so the missionaries allowed us to go upstairs to the bedroom of Joseph Smith. As I walked up the stairs my body was shaking, not from the old floor boards but from the strong spirit I felt walking to his room. As I stood there contemplating: this is where Joseph was visited by an Angel of God, given instruction and that I was breathing in the same space. I shook as tears filled my eyes realizing with power again the Church is TRUE! Another was when my husband and I visited friends in England. They are Catholic and wanted us to come to their church and meet their family. As we arrived I was so impressed by the beauty and age of the church. The paintings and architecture was simply amazing. However, I was suprised to feel a sense of emptiness that I never felt in church before. We decided after to find the local LDS church to try and catch the sacrament. When we finally drove up I was shocked that it wasn't a typical meeting house. It was a old converted business building, not church like from the outside at all. When I went inside and looked at the bulletin board and saw a picture of the prophet, the Spirit filled my sole and testified again that this is where I belong, this is where EVERYONE belongs, this is the TRUE gospel. Tears streamed down my face. It matters not the building where truth is taught, just that it is taught. I'm a Mormon because it is the only truth!

How I live my faith

I live my faith very publicly. In my business everyone knows I am a Mormon. I work with many people of many faiths all over the world. They all know and respect my morals and ethics. Once a client who is Muslim didn't know I was Mormon, but through conversation he instigated, wanted to talk about my way of dress, quickly he learned of my Faith. He was impressed that I was not only the most covered lady around but said that I was the most classy looking lady around. Modesty... I will always protect my body and to know just how much people look at what people are wearing makes me feel happy to keep my body protected. Instead of trying to fit in with the crowd that is so overwhelming nowadays with drinking to mingle, everyone accepts my values and actually respect me for never living a double standard and they even protect me and are very curtious of making sure there are always non alcoholic drinks around for me. I am who I am and I never hide it. In my daily living I listen for ways to show and talk about what I think and feel. If I ever overhear conversations talked about in ignorance, I politely correct the information with a smile. I am happy that because of the way I live, a client started to ask questions. I asked if she would like me to send her a Book of Mormon. When she replied with a yes, I went straight to the Deseret Book, got her a quad in her favorite color, had her name engraved on them and shipped them right over. She was baptized quickly thereafter by my husband and a year later she went through the Temple. It is for this reason I will always live my Faith out loud! One never knows who is watching and our Savior is depending on all of us to Live out loud and to stand for truth and righteousness... Always! (:

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Holly McDonald
The Mormon Lifestyle is the most safe and secure lifestyle to be lived. It keeps me completely happy. Living simple truths that the Lord has given keep my life in perspective, safe and protected. When I read the scriptures and pray I am in tune with the Spirit. This allows me to make right choices more often and keeps me away from the things in life that would cause me harm. It allows me to be of service to others with an attitude of appreciation, respect and joy for my fellow members of society and for myself. Show more Show less