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Hi I'm McKaylee

I live in Arizona. I'm an artist. I'm an athlete. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student and I am an Art Education Major. I love to run and to swim. I have been a swim coach for a recreational team for a few years now. I am currently serving my mission in California!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in The Church of Latter-Day Saints, but believe that I still had to work hard to gain a knowledge and testimony of the truthfulness of the principles I was taught. Everyone has moments when they question their faith, but through personal prayer and study I was always assured I was on the right path. When I left home for college I realized that I didn't HAVE to go to church anymore. My mom wasn't going to tell me to, and I was in a new town where no one would know if I went to church or not. Regardless, I still attended church every Sunday. So why am I a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints? Because it makes me HAPPY. I've seen the gospel of Jesus Christ change me. It gives me a purpose. It is the most peaceful feeling to know that the Lord has provided me a way to be with my family, the most important thing to me, for eternity. I am a better person with the gospel at the center of my life. I know that I, as a sinner, NEED Christ's saving atonement. I am not a mormon by chance. I am a mormon because this gospel has blessed my life, and brought me joy on my journey back to Him.

How I live my faith

I participate in my community by doing simple things like attend family home evening on Monday nights where a small spiritual thought is shared, and then activities and refreshments are enjoyed. Because I live away from home, my family home evening group consists of other young single adults. It is a great way to make friends and support each other. Attending church every Sunday really helps me refocus my thoughts for the week and provides me with opportunities to learn and grow as an individual, but it also offers me an opportunity to share my testimony and learn with those around me. I have decided to serve a mission in hope to serve the Lord and share my faith.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

McKaylee
My greatest happiness comes from my family. They are the people who share in my trials and my success. Families are not perfect, though. All families have unique struggles, but these struggles are often to our benefit because they help strengthen us and build our character. Families are a constant reminder of our Heavenly father's love for us. Giving us a family is His way of blessing our lives with His love. Families are important to mormons because we know that families are essential to God's plan of happiness which involves having children and raising them in righteousness, so that after this earthly life we can return to Him. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

McKaylee
Having Christ at the center of any relationship is important because it provides a foundation for humility and self-respect. In a marriage, if each partner has a relationship with Christ and has faith in Him, then they know how to love and respect each other. Because Christ was perfect, and taught us to "love one another," faith in Him is so critical in establishing a strong marital relationship and a home full of love and peace. The same goes for other family relationships. Especially because as we serve the Lord, he draws near unto our families. Many of my friends are not members of my church. However, I have found that those whom I have the strongest relationships with have faith in Christ. I am happier when I am around these people because they know that they are children of God and are therefore very important. They have a higher respect for themselves and are more enjoyable to be around. I know that when I live Christ's teachings I can strengthen my relationships because I am trying to be like him: patient, loving, humble, and kind. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

McKaylee
A testimony is the knowledge of God. When I say I have a "testimony" that means that I have received a knowledge of something. Because I have a testimony of this gospel, I have come to know through personal experiences that God is my father in Heaven, that he knows me personally, cares for me and thus provided the Savior to in his plan of happiness to redeem me from my sins when I choose to repent. Gaining a testimony is the first step in acting in faith to become truly converted unto our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

McKaylee
A better question is "How could there not be a God?" In the crazy lives we live, we are often overburdened by our day to day responsibilities. It is easy to become subject to self pity, doubt, and, a loss of hope. We should never let trials overcome our faith in God. Once we change our attitudes to focus on the good around us, it is easy to see God's presence in our lives. I know there is a God and that He is my loving Father in Heaven because I know that I am extremely blessed. I don't believe in coincidence, but I do believe in miracles. He has blessed us with our physical bodies, the beauty of the earth, our families, and much more! I can't imagine life without a family here on earth. They are my greatest blessing, and are so perfect for my needs that I know they are a gift from a loving God. The blessings I've experienced in life are too great that they must have come from someone not of this world. Show more Show less