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Hi I'm McKenna

I grew up in Texas, I love making music, and I'll soon be studying to become a therapist for the Deaf. Above all, I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I recently graduated from high school, where music was a huge part of my experience. I’ve been playing the oboe for seven years, and I played the tenor saxophone in my high school marching band. I served as a Drum Major and the Band President during high school, and loved leading the band in those very different ways. I don’t plan on studying music, but I always want to play the oboe and stay involved in music as a hobby and a refuge! Though I won't major in music, I do plan on attending a university where I’ll get to study ASL and psychology. I hope to eventually become a therapist for the Deaf. I studied both of those subjects throughout high school, and I think I've found a way to become involved in the beautiful Deaf culture as a hearing person.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I am imperfect. I am consciously aware of that fact, but it doesn’t hinder me from wanting to become my best self. For me, that’s what the gospel of Jesus Christ is all about: becoming the best that we can be, which is ultimately like Christ. Being a member of this church has given me the opportunity to learn alongside other imperfect people who are also striving to be their best. I’ve heard the saying that the church “is not a sanctuary for saints, but a hospital for sinners.” Being a member of this church gives me a safe place to heal. My favorite lessons are those centered on Christ’s mercy and His infinite Atonement. He provided a way for us to be forgiven for every wrongdoing, healed of every pain and ailment, and become purely clean. Knowing that such a blessing is in reach for a person as imperfect as me is the motivation I need to endure. Through Christ, I can become the person that I want to be.

How I live my faith

I am blessed to have a full day of music each Sunday! I conduct the full congregation in Hymns of praise in the first meeting of the day. I then get to spend time with the children, ages 3 to 11, teaching them primary songs about Christ and his gospel. It's a fun-filled hour of games, learning, and singing. I even get to spend time in the nursery, with children ages 18 months to 3 years, singing more fun and active songs. My favorites are the ones where we sing about the body God gave us, like singing about our "hinges," bending our elbows and fingers and knees in goofy ways.