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Hi I'm McKay

I grew up all around the world. I'm an athlete. I'm an artist. I'm a big laugher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived in Illinois, England, the Netherlands, Maryland, and Utah. Exploring the world and experiencing the culture and people of each new place is an important part of me. I'm a city girl who is also happiest hiking, biking, swimming or just soaking in the beauty of this earth. In high school I played volleyball and basketball and ran track and field. These sports might hint that I'm a tall girl. Happily, I am. Painting and sculpting have also been hobbies of mine my whole life. I'm majoring in Chemical Engineering at Brigham Young University, hoping to become a biomedical engineer in my future. Currently, I've put that goal on hold to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I will be serving in the Vanuatu Port Vila Mission for 18 months, speaking French to the incredible people of New Caledonia to invite them to come unto Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because the gospel of Jesus Christ brings me more joy and peace and guidance than anything else. I am never happier than when I am living the gospel. With so much confusion and chaos in the world, the gospel provides the answers I need to understand my purpose and potential. I know without a doubt that I am a child of God. That He loves me more than I can even comprehend and that He wants me to return home to live with Him again. I know that this is true for all of His children, including you. I know that we all make mistakes, but that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can repent and be forgiven. What an incredible blessing that is. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet, that he really, truly did restore the gospel of Jesus Christ on the earth. I know that prophets are a means for Heavenly Father to communicate with us, and that He wouldn't just leave us on earth without that guidance. So I know that President Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet of God. I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church. That is why I am serving a mission. Because all of this is true, and because this knowledge brings with it incomprehensible joy and blessings. To be able to sacrifice a small portion of my life to share that with others is such a blessing. I cannot think of a better thing than to be happy and sure of my purpose and potential in life, and that is what this gospel brings.

How I live my faith

Growing up as a Mormon, I have always been extremely active in my wards and branches. While living overseas, I experienced the struggles of small congregations, where more is required of each person. As a youth leader, I helped plan youth activities, counseled with leaders, and organized activities for country-wide youth camps. When I returned to the United States, I participated in my wards as a youth leader again, helping to plan, counsel and uplift young women aged 12 to 18. It is very humbling to lead, and I learned a lot by following the example of my own leaders and, more importantly, of Christ. In my university, I acted as a secretary for the group of women I attended church with. My role there taught me to follow, an equally important quality to leading, in my opinion. I also visited girls in my ward to offer my support and friendship and make sure they were happy and well. As I prepare to serve a mission, I have been going with the missionaries on teaching and service appointments. Each time, I feel so uplifted. The best way I've found of living my faith though, in addition to all of these callings, is by loving and uplifting those around me. As children of God, we each have a divine potential. I try to live my faith by seeing that divine goodness in each individual and helping them see it too.