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Hi I'm McKenna

I'm a future psychiatrist/novelist. I love art and books. I'm a Leo. Pretty sure I can eat my weight in ice cream. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hello World!!! I guess the first thing you should know about me is I'm a nerd that's all about words, I love reading them in books, I love arranging them in writing, I love studying them as part of my Linguistics major. I also love people, which is why I am also majoring in Psychology. At any given time, you are most likely to find me stuffed inside an elaborate blanket cocoon with a book. I'll read anything, in any genre. I have read encyclopedias, I actually really like them, I used to keep a set in my car for when I showed up to things too early (I'm always early). I'm kind of a nut for anything carbonated, and anything that can be served in "soft-serve" form. And for anyone wondering if potatoes (particularly the sweet kind) might fall under that latter category, you can bet your last button that they do. Other places you might find me? In my car, I love long drives and singing at the top of my lungs. With my best friend, because she gives the best back scratches and she has way more movies than I do. With my family, because nobody can make me laugh like they can, and I love the ever-living snot out of them. To paint you a picture, I'm an amalgamation of lots and lots of notebook paper, ink, and oil paints. There are scavenger hunts and lots and lots of out-loud bedtime stories in here. There is love, and spirit. And all of it is pretty perpetually wrapped up in a huge sweater that I no doubt got from a thrift store and was probably made for a man.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I love Christ. I know that I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father and what I have experienced as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is that I am closest to that Heavenly Family when I put myself in this church. The fullness of the gospel is here, and by that fullness I have the opportunity, with my own work, to put myself as close as it is possible to be to my Savior. The rarity and the joy of that ongoing relationship and discourse keep me safe, they keep me edified, and they keep me a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. When I am here I am happy. When I am here I am at my best because if I'm really here it means I am doing everything that I can to be my best, and that is what is expected of me. I am here because I love Christ and I have seen and felt his love for me and all of God's children, and I stay because I want to respect and continue to magnify that love in my life. I love this Church because I cherish learning and understanding, and I have found both within this Church more abundantly than I have experienced it anywhere else. It is a place where questions can be safely asked and charitably answered. It is a place where purpose and love are found. I'm a Mormon because I love Christ, and he has put the fullness of his Gospel in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am nearer to him within this church. What I have learned here has equipped me with the necessary tools and teachings that I need in order to become the most Christlike version of myself and live my most fulfilling life.

How I live my faith

In my hometown, I am a member of a ward that is set up for young adults. Which mostly applies to people who are in college, probably but not necessarily away from home. It's a place for all of us kids to get together and jump the gap from "youth" to "adult" and I'll tell you what, it's most of the time exactly what you'd expect. A fantastic combination of monumental spiritual growth, connection, and fulfillment, as well as all of us constantly falling flat on our faces and laughing at each other. I wouldn't trade it. Every single member of that ward is my friend, we do fun things together, we hang out and eat all the foods that in a decade we wont be able to eat anymore. What's important is that every time we get together there is a trust that nothing is going to spiral out of anyone's comfort zone. We're the kind that stick to our standards, and we hold each other accountable in a really positive way because we are proud of the spirit that is in our lives when we find ways to have fun and live in line with our shared faith. Living my faith means the same, to me, as what I think of when I try to live my life in the best possible way that I can. Being a daughter of God, trying to always be more like my Savior is something constant, that I act out at all times, and in all things, and in all places. Maybe it's a little cheesy, put like that, but in action it's incredible to find that sweet spot where my actions and choices allow me to be just as edified by ultimate frisbee activities as anything else.