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Hi I'm McKay

I am from Minnesota. I love to sing and dance. I'm a "glass half-full" kind of guy. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am the second oldest of 5. I love my family. I have a ton of cousins, so family is a huge part of my everyday life. I am a college student living away from home. Music is what makes up most of what I am. I play the piano, flute, and saxophone. I love to sing and am currently studying voice. My favorite type of music to sing is opera and other classical pieces, but I would love to sing more jazz or broadway style music! I love to travel. I spent the last two years living in Russia serving as a full-time missionary. I have also been to China, Ukraine, and almost every one of the 50 states. Road trips are among my favorite past times. Some see me as eccentric, but really I just love life and get excited about the "small things" on a daily basis. I love catching snowflakes, ice skating, doodling, talking about feelings, watching movies, and sharing joy with others. Smiling is my favorite.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for many reasons. I was raised Mormon, so I have been exposed to it for a long time, but ultimately I choose to stay a Mormon because of the joy it brings into my life. I am truly happy! The knowledge I have gained through studying the Bible and Book of Mormon, praying, and attending church meetings my whole life has brought me so much happiness. That knowledge is something that only I could have gained for myself. Living the gospel has kept me safe throughout my life. God loves me and wants me to be happy and thats why he has given me guidelines to follow in life. He knows what I need better than I do, and thats why this gospel is such a huge part of my life, without it I would be lost. I am Mormon because it gives me hope. Sometimes I get discouraged in life, but I know that its all temporary. I've gained perspective. I know that I have made promises with God to keep his commandments and that he will bless me as I keep those promises. I know that God has a plan for me and that everything I experience in life (bad or good) helps me to develop and grow. I know that Jesus Christ is my savior, that he suffered for my sins. Only through his ultimate sacrifice can I ever return to God. I know that God hears and answers prayers. I know that only when we live the gospel can we find true joy in life. Life without God would be impossible to endure. I know God loves and directs me. He helps me to be more than I could ever be on my own. Thats why I am Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have always loved being involved in church. Living in Russia the last 2 years really gave me a chance to forget myself and serve others. This church is really all about giving. I learned that the more I give of myself, the more God gives me to share with others. There are so many ways we can share what we believe and how we live it. From simple conversations on the street, I was able to connect with so many Russians about the joy that comes with family, obedience, moral standards, a belief in Christ. All these basic beliefs are engrained in my daily life, I don't really think of them. But without them, I would be an entirely different person. Serving the Russian people helped me to develop a love that I have never felt before. Its probably the closest I have ever come to completely feeling love for others similar to the love Christ feels for me. Coming back from serving a mission was difficult. It is a lot easier to serve others when you are devoting yourself to God for two years. Now, living an ordinary life, it is much easier to become engrossed in my own selfish needs. Sometimes I need the reminder to think of others and get my priorities straight. I think I live my faith the best when I just try and be a friend to others. I think of how the Savior is an example of perfect love. If he was able to share that love unconditionally with everyone, the least I can do is smile and wave to others or really take the time to listen when someone has had a bad day. Of course, I am not perfect and am constantly striving towards being more Christlike. Living the gospel is a process. Thankfully God gives us our whole lives to learn and grow. I feel like a pretty slow learner. Especially after having to learn the same lessons several times in life.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Mormon temples are sacred places. It is the house of Lord. Naturally, in order to reverence that sacredness, there are certain qualifications that need to be met to enter. Only members that have made covenants and are living worthily are allowed enter. God sets those standards of worthiness, since its his house. Only baptized members of the church that have received a temple recommend from local Church leaders are allowed to enter. A temple recommend is like a ticket to enter, that you can only have if you are living very high moral and spiritual standards. Temples aren't secret, just sacred. In temples we are able to gain knowledge and seek personal revelation and answers to prayers. We are able to make and renew covenants (promises) made with God. We are also able to perform ordinances such as baptism for those that have died without the chance to receive it in this life. We don't force baptism on anyone, but simply perform the work here, and give them the chance to accept the work in the spirit world. Show more Show less