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Hi I'm Mackenna

I'm a Division 1 Collegiate Athlete. I love music and throwing ancient weapons of war. I believe in Christ, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am from a family of six, including me and my parents. I am the oldest child in my family with two brothers and one sister. I have extended family spread all across the United States as both of my parents come from families of seven kids. During high school, I traveled to France with my cousin for just over a month, spending one weekend in Spain. We spent much of our time babysitting our young cousins and exploring the wonders of France. I most recently finished my Freshman year of college. I was on scholarship for track and field, specializing in the throws events (shot put, discus, hammer, weight, javelin). My strongest event is shot put with a personal record of 52ft 7in (16.03m). I have been throwing since my freshman year of high school and have had continued success on and off the field in college.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church with both of my parents being active members. But for much of my life, I did not have a testimony of my own. I relied on the testimonies of others and soon realized that continuing in that fashion would not be beneficial or keep me strong in the Church. I began search for the truth, questioning if what I had followed all my life was really true. With trials turning my world upside down, I struggled to find a safe place to land and stand firm in my faith. I listened more intently in my scripture study classes, to the talks given in Sacrament meetings, to my leaders and the counsel they gave. I went to church activities and meetings to learn and grow, rather than just going through the motions. I searched for and discovered the truth for myself. I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to be Christ's Church upon this earth in its fullness. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet called of God to restore the fullness of the Gospel. I know that Jesus Christ is my, and our, Savior; that He died and rose again so that the grave would have no victory over us. I know that He not only suffered for our sins in performing the Atonement, but also for our pains, afflictions, sicknesses, infirmities, and temptations. And that He suffered for all these things so that He could understand us perfectly and be able to aid, strengthen and support us at any time in our lives. I know that we lived before our time upon this earth, and I am striving to return worthy to live in His presence. I know that our Father in Heaven loves each and every one of His children immeasurably. I have felt His love and know that He is there. Both Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are waiting for us to reach out and ask. They want to bless, help, comfort, and guide us. We are not alone.

How I live my faith

During my freshman year, I attended Institute (religious education fro young adults between the ages of 18 and 30) classes regularly. I took four each semester and nearly graduated Institute by the end of the year. I participated in Institute and ward activities when available. In my Young Single Adult Ward (Church group, ward, for those between the ages of 18 and 30), I was called to serve on the Activities Committee. I helped to plan weekly events and activities and encouraged members and non-members to attend and participate. I helped the Sister missionaries whenever I was available to do so. I am currently serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.