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Hi I'm Mckenzie

I'm a college student at Brigham Young University, a big and little sister, a daughter of God, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Kentucky. I am studying to become a child's reading therapist. I love being active- playing volleyball, basketball, and hiking. I always have a good "Yo Mama" joke in mind to get a few smiles. When I have some free time I enjoy getting together with friends to play the ukulele. I love to bake deserts with LOTS of chocolate and I love meeting new people.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church. I gained my testimony little by little through consistently attending church. But I never had to defend my beliefs until high school. Before, I had lived my life according to gospel principles because of the immense happiness it brought me and my home. However, high school really tested my testimony. I was tempted in several aspects. It almost seemed easier to just follow the crowd. I can recall several times I was pressured to participate in immoral actives with substances that I knew were wrong. I can remember thinking to myself that if I didn't do these things I would be ditching my friends. I then thought….if I did those things I would be ditching my Father in Heaven. That single thought hurt more than anything I could describe. My Heavenly Father loves me so much that he sent His son to die for me so that I can live with Him again. I have a Savior who, through the atonement, knows me, and knows how I feel even when no one else does.This motivates and encourages me through the tough times to have faith in His plan. While things may be difficult for the time being, my faith that His plan of happiness is for my good fills me with so much peace. I know that I can't understand the amount of love God and Christ have for everyone, but I can feel it. I feel it when I stand alone. I feel it when I pray after messing up. I feel it when loved ones pass away. And I feel it daily as I look around at the beauty of the earth I am surround with, as I appreciate my family, friends, and my own talents from God.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to follow Christ's example. I try my best to treat others as Christ would. Even though I fail at times, it is a great reminder to treat others as children of God. While people may think this Church comes with restrictions, it in fact brings great freedoms. I choose daily to live the way I do. By reading the scriptures, I understand that as I keep the commandments and obey the words of the living Prophet, I will be blessed. I use my agency to stay clean from any addicting substances and worldly choices. This does not hinder my freedom, but widens it to live a happy, healthy life, with few regrets.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Missionary work is strictly voluntary. It is a time where men leave their families for 2 years and women for 18 months. They sacrifice this time in their youth (18, or 19) to serving the Lord. While many may say it is a time for education and enjoying life they choose to serve a mission to spread the love of Christ and share the peace that the gospel of Jesus Christ brings. Personally, I desirer to serve a mission in gratitude of God. He has blessed me more than I can ever repay Him, but I will still strive to share such a wonderful comforting knowledge with His children who are waiting for His message. Show more Show less