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Hi I'm McKenna

I love life, I love to laugh, I'm a Missionary, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a city girl living in a small town, but I love both with all my heart. I was born in Honolulu, HI, spent my childhood in Sourthern California and then moved to Utah when I was 11. I live in a little town in Northern Utah with a population of about 800 people. It was hard to move, but it has been an incredible blessing in my life.:) Summer is by far my favorite season! The hotter, the better and who doesn't love a great tan, am I right? I also love the water. Pretty much any type, but my favorite is definitely the ocean. I can spend hours out in the water just jumping the waves and riding the big ones back to shore. A goal of mine is to learn to surf! And all that pretty much explains why my favorite job I've ever had is life guarding! It doesn't get much better than that. I have been called to serve in the Russia Rostov-na-Donu Mission and I'll be leaving in April! I'm so excited!!! It's going to be a challenge, but I love a challenge and with our Father in heaven's help, I'll be just fine. I love my family and my friends with all my heart and I would do anything for them. I love Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ and the spirit I get from having their teachings in my life. I don't know where I'd be without this gospel, but I do know that this church has lead me to the very BEST place for me to be. Physically, emotionally, mentally, and above all, spiritually.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the joy and overwhelming love the gospel has brought to my life. When I was a kid, my father had been inactive for most of his life and my mom swore that she would never join the church. We had a great life! Nothing really to complain about and we were really happy. I'm convinced we were as happy as you could get without the gospel in your home. But that's just it. There was something missing and we didn't notice for a long time. We had been raised with a basic belief in God, but that's as far as we were. For whatever reason, my parents felt the need to start looking into different churches, to find the one that best suited us. Little did they know that you don't just go find a church that matches your lifestyle. The church finds you and you match your lifestyle to it! It's a wonderful thing really. Not that it's easy by any means. But it's definitely worth it! Long story short, we took the missionary lessons, changed our life style and my mother and I were baptized the same day. What a life altering day. Our home was filled with more happiness and light than ever before. Since then, we've had our share of trials and difficulties, but with the knowledge the gospel gives us, we make it through. I have never looked back and I can only imagine the things Heavenly Father has in store for me!:)

How I live my faith

I am currently a leader in the Young Women's program for girls ages 12-18 in my ward! Along with the other women called to the YW program, I help teaching lessons and plan activities that bring the girls closer to God and help them to learn and maintain good standards in a world of rapidly declining morals and values. It's been a huge blessing as I've prepared to serve a mission to be able to teach them, because I think in the process of teaching, I'm actually the one learning. Go figure. I live my faith by keeping the covenants I make to be a disciple of Christ. I live the Word of Wisdom, which means I don't drink any alcohol, coffee or tea. I don't use any tobacco products, illegal drugs or abuse prescription drugs. Our bodies are a gift, and it's important to treat them like it. I choose not to get any tattoos or excessive piercings. My favorite way to live my faith is through service. In serving others you are in the service of God, which is a win win for everyone! And serving is a lot like teaching in the way that while you're trying to bless the life of another, you are blessed also. Pretty amazing how that works.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

We believe that because of Christ's Atonement, we can return to live with God. The trick is that no unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God. So, that's where grace comes in. We are human. We make mistakes. When we have done all we can to make it back to our Father in heaven and we are still unclean, grace is what makes up the difference. It carries us the rest of the way. Show more Show less