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Hi I'm McKenzie

I'm a college student. I love to dance and write. I'm a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the rainy state of Oregon, USA. Perhaps overly involved in extra-curriculars, I was on my high school dance team, Opinion-editor of my high school newspaper, involved with service organizations such as Key Club and National Honor Society as well as volunteering at an assisted living facility. I just finished my freshman year of college where I was a layout designer for a Women's journal and was apart of the Hip-Hop club. I love hiking, boating, skiing, anything to get me outside, especially anywhere near mountains or water. I am the oldest of four children. My mother is a nurse. My father is an accountant and my step-mother is from Brazil. I also love to read, write, learn and think; I very much enjoy school and take great pride and joy in education. I like spending time alone, especially while in nature, however I also like to spend time with friends and meeting new people. I'm also a concert junkie; I love going to concerts especially dirt-cheap hole-in-the-wall kind of ones for bands most people have never even heard of.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member my entire life. I've grown up with this type of lifestyle and the teachings of this church are second nature to me. It wasn't until my mother started making some very poor choices and falling away from the church that I questioned the teachings and principles that had been part of my life since day one. I started to doubt. I became depressed. It felt as if everything in my life was going wrong and I was powerless to do anything. Thats when I realized I had stopped. I had stopped believing. I stopped reading my scriptures and praying. I still went to church but I was just going through the motions. I stopped trusting in God. I stopped believing that he loved me. I knew that I had come to a crossroads in my life, I either believed in God and this church or I didn't, I could no longer walk the line of doubt and feigned faithfulness. So I prayed. I fasted. I read my scriptures. I payed better attention in church meetings. I tried to be a more Christ-like person. It was a gradual process of re-devotion. I often got frustrated because I didn't get answers in the way I wanted. It was a difficult process, with many failures. I doubted on the daily and thought of giving up more than once. But what kept me going was in my darkest moments, when I was completely at rock bottom, and I could do nothing else but cry out to the God I wasn't sure if I believed in, I knew he was there. I knew he was watching over me and I knew he loved me. It took me over a year of this soul-searching when I finally realized, I had my answer. I had always had my answer. I knew this gospel is true. I knew the atonement was real because I had seen it work. I've witnessed my mother's life become completely devoid of light and joy without it. I've tasted of the sweet joy that comes with true repentance. I didn't get my answer the way I expected, but I got an answer. This church is true. It's the only way to true peace and joy. Its a hard life to live, but its worth it.

How I live my faith

I'm a young adult so I am learning how to live the gospel not strictly apart of a nuclear family environment. I try to live my faith in a community with the other latter-day saint young college students around me. I contribute to an environment of love and acceptance in my dorm, hall and ward to help make it easier for everyone to live the gospel. I try to get my non-member friends to be apart of all aspects of my life, including church related things, so that I can share what I love with them. I've been called as a missionary for this church to bring the joy of this gospel to those who have not yet have the privilege of experiencing it yet. I live this gospel by being an example of what I preach.