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Hi I'm Makayla

I grew up in Utah Valley, I'm studying Health Promotion at BYU, I love to travel and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am loving my study of public health and am interested in how transportation effects communities. I am the oldest of eight children and love my family very much. I like playing the cello (even though I do so poorly), and find great peace and joy in the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are members of the church, and like them, I chose at age eight to be baptized. I had a testimony then that God loved me and that he would be proud of me for joining his church. I remember a time several years later when it was very clear to me that I had to choose and be sincere about learning if I wanted to know if what I had been taught throughout my life was true. I acted on what I was taught and since then, my understanding of God's love and his gospel has deepened. Now one of my favorite things to do is to share that knowledge of God's love for his children and the joy that can be felt by living the gospel with others.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church weekly, reading from the scriptures daily, and building my relationship with God through prayer (also on a daily basis). I look forward to being married in the temple so I can be sealed to my spouse through time and eternity.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Makayla
We believe that God loves his children and because of that he provides his Gospel for them to bring them happiness and joy. However, when people choose not to accept the gospel they choose to live in spiritual darkness. When there is widespread disbelief, God takes away the power and authority to act in his name. When Christ and his apostles died this authority from God left the earth. This authority was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith in 1820 when he prayed to know which church to join. Show more Show less