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Hi I'm McKay

I grew up as the youngest brother in a family of ten kids. I love geology. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

At the moment I am attending Brigham Young University and am studying geology. I recently became very interested in the subject after seeing all the wonderful things that are visible and invisible to our eyes. I am very fascinated with the stars and the earth and it's processes. I love the outdoors, and I feel happy when I get to walk in nature and see all the beautiful creations that are available. I hike, camp, fish, hunt, run, swim, and bike. I also really enjoy archery and skeet shooting. A few years ago, I took interest in carving antlers and have finished several projects in which I have carved relief scenery in the crowns of elk and deer antlers. I have yet to get a hold of a moose shed. I'm good with my hands and love the feeling of working hard and getting dirt on me. Most of my jeans are worn out and have holes in them; should probably get some more. I'm not married yet, but I'm going to be asking an incredibly wonderful young woman to marry me here pretty soon. Above all, I hope to have a wonderful family that I can enjoy my life with and care for. Life is beautiful.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a seventh generation member of the church. Basically, my ancestors were baptized when the prophet Joseph Smith was still alive in the early 1800's. Even though I grew up in an environment where the principles of the gospel were taught to me since birth, I came to the conclusion as a teenager that I had to find out for myself if I had a testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and I had to know if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was indeed the only true church God upon the earth today. I came to find out that I already knew the church was true, but my testimony was strengthened as I studied and pondered upon the scriptures. The Lord gave me more light and knowledge as I humbly sought him for guidance and direction. He continues to bless me with inspiration as I seek His help and I feel closer and closer to Him as I share my feelings with Him through personal prayer. I turned 18 and finished high school, and because of my faith in God and my testimony that the gospel blesses peoples lives, I decided to serve a mission for the church for two years. I was called to serve my mission on the far away island of Madagascar. I struggled to learn the Malagasy language. I believe the Lord helped me with the learning process and after four months I was fluent. I came to love the people very much, and my own life seemed to change dramatically for the better as I forgot about myself and served others. As a member, I am firm in the faith of Jesus Christ, and I have great desires to continue my quest to help others come closer to our Heavenly Father. I know that Jesus Christ suffered and died for each of us, and I know He rose again on the third day, thus conquering physical and spiritual death. I know that after the death of His apostles, the true and pure doctrines taught by Jesus Christ were eventually changed and the full truth was lost. God called a prophet to restore His true gospel again, that was Joseph smith. There is a living prophet today.

How I live my faith

I participate in my church in multiple ways. I've been involved in scouting multiple times where we help the young men in the community to earn merit badges and advance in the ranks of scouting. This has been very enjoyable and I especially love when get to teach the young men skills that will help them and improve their lives. I am also a home teacher. Home teachers are men in the ward that visit families in the ward; they usually go two-by-two. As a home teacher, we are privileged to visit the homes of the members and see that they are doing well and if they have enough to eat. We also get to serve them and help them carry some of their burdens through doing service for them. Another responsibility I have is being a ward missionary. As a ward missionary, I visit members of the church in the ward that are struggling spiritually, and we teach them the basic principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We also coordinate our efforts with the full-time missionaries (the young men in white shirts, ties, and name tags, and the young women in skirts and name tags) and find people who are interested in learning more about the church and the gospel. It is a wonderfully delightful experience to see people's lives change for the better; there is not a feeling better in the whole world than bringing true joy to others.