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Hi I'm Mackenzie

I'm vegan, I'm from southern California, and I come from an adoptive family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in southern California so I love everything that has to do with water. I water ski, wakeboard, swim and play water polo. I love cooking vegan food and I'm trying to get my family to be more vegan-friendly. The trouble is, I have four brothers that play football, so they usually just laugh and continue eating in-n-out. I have 8 siblings total, 3 of whom are adopted. Right now I'm a junior at BYU studying exercise and wellness, hoping to go to PA school after my undergrad. I'm a CNA, which means I take care of people who can't take care of themselves. It's the most rewarding experience you can possibly have and I fully recommend it. I love music. I play the guitar, piano, sing and write music. My friend and I tour around Utah and Idaho performing together and we totally love it. I love Christmas, toe socks, trampolines, puppies, pinterest, building forts out of bed sheets, and singing in the shower.

Why I am a Mormon

As I mentioned in the About Me section, I come from an adoptive family. My three youngest brothers and sisters are adopted and are of African-American descent. They have each made the decision at different times to become baptized members of the Mormon church. This Gospel teaches us that in the temple, we can be joined permanently with our families for eternity. I will never forget the day that my family was permanently sealed in the temple and the feeling of warmth and happiness I felt in the presence of the Spirit there. Although we were not all born into the same family, Jesus Christ makes it possible for my colorful family to be unified eternally by the Priesthood power of God. This is reason enough for me to have complete faith in my church, but aside from this wonderful blessing, I know that this is the church of Jesus Christ, organized in the same way which was established when He was on the earth more than two millenia ago. I know that through the prophet Joseph Smith, He was able to restore knowledge, ordinances and Priesthood power that was once lost after He and His apostles died. I know that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon from a record of the Americas abridged by a prophet named Moroni. I know that this book complements what is contained in the Bible, and only adds to the knowledge we can gain from the Bible. I know that through reading this book I have become a better person, a more Christlike person. And I know that as I become more like Christ, I come closer to my potential. I come closer to my goal of spending the rest of eternity with my God and the people I love.

How I live my faith

To me, living your faith means patterning your life after our Savior Jesus Christ. We can do this in our lives by giving meaningful service to those in our communities. Growing up, my mom was the best example to me of living a life full of service. I can't remember a time when she wasn't wrapped up in a project painting scenery for school plays or making food for church activities. She taught me how to give wholeheartedly and to love all those you come in contact with as the Savior would. I'm lucky to have such a good example in my best friend and mother. My mom is just one of the many examples of charity exhibited within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During my junior year of High School, my dad lost his job and we were struggling. One evening we came home to the kitchen floor covered in groceries from one of our church leaders. I have a strong testimony of service because I have been the recipient and witness of beautiful acts of service. This church is a church of service, and we know that as we serve each other, we serve God.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Mackenzie
As you come to understand exactly who your Heavenly Father is, you will have a desire to know Him personally. I know that before I came to this earth, before I was given this mortal body, I lived as a spirit being with my Father in Heaven. I know that because He loved me, He granted me the opportunity to come to this earth and have life experiences that would teach me and help me to grow. This life is hard. We knew it would be, but we also had hope in the promise that He would "not leave [us] comfortless." (John 14:18) I find so much strength in the knowledge that I am not alone; that the supreme creator of Heaven and Earth with His omnipotent power and glory knows me and loves me. I matter to Him. When you know and feel that gratifying truth sink into your heart, your desire to strengthen your relationship with Him will increase. Pray. Ask Him to confirm that you are His child. Ask Him to help you through trials and to direct your paths that you can come closer to Him. Ask Him to have the Spirit testify to you whether or not the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true, whether Joseph Smith was a prophet, and whether the Book of Mormon is the word of God. John 15:26-27, Moroni 10:3-5 Show more Show less