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Hi I'm Mackenzie

I'm a student at BYU-Idaho, I like playing volleyball and eating cookie dough, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 18 years old and I'm currently a freshman at Brigham Young University - Idaho. Throughout high school...well, I feel like my high school experience can be summed up by what "personalities" I was selected for during my four years at Midvale High School: teacher's pet, most likely to journey to the center of the earth, biggest over-achiever, and best smile. I like staying busy and smiling, so there you go! Outside of that, my biggest passions are this incredible gospel, my family and friends, music, volleyball, and Disney. That about sums up the me that I am now. As far as my life's ambitions I want to study at BYU-I for a year, serve a mission when I turn 19 next summer, finish school and get a bachelor's degree in elementary education, get married to some really awesome return missionary in the temple, have a bunch of kids, and live happily ever after! Yay :-) Alma 26:35-36

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, so I guess you could say that the choice to join this amazing church was made easy for me. However, it was not a choice that was made FOR me. I was truly converted to the gospel when I was about 13 years old. That was when I finally finished reading the Book of Mormon for the first time. Until that point, I admit that I struggled with a lot of things that the church taught me. I obeyed, but sometimes only just barely, and I rarely understood why. Why be so strict about what I wear, say, and even drink? But as I read the Book of Mormon, I felt the Spirit constantly throughout those inspired pages. I read scripture stories and verses that I felt were written solely for my benefit. They applied to me so well! Since then, my testimony has grown exponentially. I know that, while I don't know the answer to every question in my curious mind, I do know enough truths for myself that I don't really need to know the answers to those questions in order to be a Mormon. No, this doesn't make me a blind follower; I simply understand that, as mere mortals, God knows that we aren't yet able to have everything made known to us, so He keeps some of his most sacred secrets exactly the way that they are--secrets. I also understand that He knows what we absolutely must know in order to progress in this life as His disciples, and those vital treasures of knowledge are exactly what have been given to us. And I have a firm, unshakeable testimony in ALL of these many glorious doctrines that I have been taught and that I have prayed about. President Dieter Uchtdorf, one of the counselors in the General First Presidency, said, "doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith." In other words, don't abandon those things that you know to be true for other separate things that you might question, because those questions don't make the truth any less true. I am a Mormon for many reasons, all of which are awesome. But the main reason is that it brings real, lasting joy.

How I live my faith

I get to be a visiting teacher to some incredible ladies in my ward! I also have the opportunity to give talks in my ward when called on, teach classes when asked to, make food for after-church potluck, and help out in other ways whenever I can. My biggest and most important calling is that of a disciple of Jesus Christ, and I believe that that means dressing modestly, behaving appropriately, not talking with vulgarity, not partaking of harmful substances, studying & acting on teachings in the scriptures, praying to God constantly, and TRYING to do everything that I can to show My Savior and My Heavenly Father how much I love them. Jesus Christ lived a perfect life that was all but free of temptation for me; he suffered in Gethsemane for all of my sorrows, pains, and sins, as well as those of every person who has ever & will ever live on this earth; and then died on the cross to be resurrected three days later so that I have the opportunity to be resurrected and have eternal life someday. He did SO much! The very least I can do for Him in return is to live the life that He would have me live. I know I could never ever begin to repay Him, so considering that this is all He asks of me, I should definitely give it my best shot every day.