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Hi I'm McKenna

I'm a wife, a student, a photographer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a student at BYU-Idaho studying Photography, Business, and Home and Family. But not for long! My husband and I both graduate in a few months, and then we're off on our next adventure! I love what my life has become since starting school here in Rexburg almost four years ago, and feel so blessed to have attended a school where our secular learning can be so deeply intertwined with our spiritual learning. It's an amazing thing to be able to pray and invite the spirit before each class, and to receive the confirmation that our Heavenly Father really does support our efforts in pursuing a higher education. I met my husband here at school, and we've been married for a little over a year now. I've really come to understand what people mean when they say they're married to their best friend. I remember making those lists in Young Womens of the qualities we were looking for in a future husband. Little did I know that my husband would possess qualities that I never knew I wanted, but that my Father in Heaven knew I needed. I'm so in love with him and the process of continuing to learn about each other. He is always so encouraging of my goals, and he inspires me to be better every day. I have started my own portrait photography business, and I am completely in love with what I do. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have through my work to hear the unique and inspiring stories of so many amazing people as they offer me a small glimpse into their lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but I've had to make the decision for myself if this was the direction I wanted to take with my life. The decision hasn't been a tough one- I love this Gospel and the clarity, direction, and happiness it brings into my life. In following the teachings of Jesus Christ and the principles I am taught as a member of the church, I am grateful to know what I am working towards and why. There is purpose in everything we do, and life isn't lived blindly when we know what we're striving to become. Along with finding a true purpose, the Gospel has helped address the hard questions that I haven't been able to find the answers to anywhere else. And I definitely like to ask questions! Last but not least, I love how the teachings of the church brings deeper meaning to our family relationships through the Plan of Salvation. It's a comfort and blessing to know that our relationships can continue after this life. Knowing that, I have an increased desire to love, support, and strengthen the relationships I have with my family as well as my future family in every way that I can.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by putting my trust in our Father in Heaven. He knows exactly what we need, when we need it. He will fulfill the promises He has made with me if I keep the covenants I have made with Him. He knows my heart, my deep and sincere desires, but He also knows what is best for me, and the best timing in which my prayers should be answered. He has a perfect understanding of my potential, and will do everything He can to help me reach that potential as I reach out to Him for help in every step of the way. He will never fail to lead us in the direction that will bring our eternal happiness and salvation. There is no reason not to trust Him! I try to live my faith by serving others. I cannot begin to express how much the service of others has buoyed me up physically and spiritually, and I want to be able to do that for others as a tool in the hands of our Father. I have been taught the importance of service through the quiet example of my parents, and had the opportunity to serve the people of the rural highland communities in Ecuador providing health care services with my dad a couple of years ago. I believe that the saying "leave things better than you found them" applies to people too, and helping someone feel loved can come from the smallest acts of kindness. On a regular basis I pray, read my scriptures, go to the temple, and attend weekly church meetings with my husband. These things help me stay connected to the truths of the Gospel, and help me to feel the influence of the spirit and love of our Heavenly Father throughout my days. Constant reminders of God's plan for us helps me to stay motivated as I strive to become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ.