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Hi I'm Mackenzie

I'm a video gamer, an Eagle Scout, an Ultimate Frisbee player, a 12th man, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I was born and raised in Washinton. Born to a family that have been members for years. My father was a convert at 12, and strong member ever since. I am the youngest of 6 children, and uncle to 13+ nieces and nephews. I served a mission for the Lord from July 2010 to August 2012 in Tucson Arizona. One of the best choices of my life. Met so many great people, and built some of the best relationships ever! Looking forward to college and a family when I get home. At the moment, I want to be an architect. but I still have a long time ahead of me before I focus on what my Major will be. I love being with my family, hanging out with friends, playing ultimate frisbee, watching movies, and playing video games. AND LOVE MY SEAHAWKS!!!! I am a Seahawks fan, and loved seeing them play this year, and going to the superbowl! (Yup. mormons can still love sports! haha) I was part of the Boy Scouts of America program, and I got my Eagle Scout. (yes it was a little before I turned 18, BUT I GOT IT!!! ) I learned a lot from the experience, and I gained memories like no other. Camping with friends and family was the best! I have been raised in the gospel my whole life, but it still has its challenges! I was part of a very small percential of LDS students in my high school, and was definitly watched and tested for what I believe. I always tried to leave a good impression of what Mormons believed. I know that God and Jesus Christ love me! Never doubted it!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that raised me up in the church. At 8, I chose to be baptized, and I continued to read the Book of Mormon. I chose to be a Mormon though. Lots of friends always asked me if I was only Mormon because my parents made me. That is not even close. They raised me up in the church, but I choose to continue strong in my faith. There is nothing that requires me to be a Mormon but myself. Why wouldn't I want to be Mormon? When I move, or go somewhere out of town, I know that I will be able to find a local church that will be teaching me exactly what I was being taught where ever I go! That is a great feeling. I do not have to go "church shopping" for a church that is close to my beliefs. I know that ther will always be one close by with members ready to help me out no matter where I came from. It is a church that focuses on me and my family! That is important to me! That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I was a teacher in one of our Sunday School classes, teaching principles from the scriptures and seeing how we liken the knowledge gained from these ancient prophets to today's world. I was called as a missionary to the Arizona Tucson Mission. I was called to Preach the Gospel, and to Baptize and Build Up The Church. I was a primary teacher before I left, and it was cool, teaching kids what I was taught when I was a kid like them! I share the gospel wherever I go, because what good is it if I keep this grand knowledge to myself? If you love your fellow man, you would share it also! Be an example wherever I go!

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Mackenzie
NO! I am a prime example. My calling as a missionary is to help all. weither you are member or not. Mormons love all faiths. We are not a hateful people! Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Mackenzie
 NO, we most certainly do not! We believe he was a prophet. Do we worship Moses? or Adam? No. We believe he did a one of a kind thing by sacrificing his life for this cause, and that should only strengthen someones testimony that this is the true church of Jesus Christ. What other pastor, priest, bishop or leader would die, go through pains and torture to prove that what he knows is true. Few would. We pay gratitude for what Joseph Smith went through because he gave everything, his weath, his children, and even his very life to the restoration of His gospel, cause he knew, that God knew, what he saw was true, and he couldn't deny it or he would be denying the very act of God. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Mackenzie
 Missionaries will speak on a VARIETY of topics....but all relating back to the gospel of Jesus Christ and His Atonement. They want to respect yor values and build them up even higher. they talk about love, family, service, and uplifting values. Missionaries are here to strengthen God's children....and that means YOU!!! Let them know your story, your concerns, your questions, and through the Spirit, they will try to help you in anyway they can!  Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Mackenzie
The "First Vision" is the event when Joseph Smith Jr saw our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and They told Joseph that the correct church did not exsist on the earth. The original foundation of Christ's Church that Jesus Christ Himself organized was lost. Christ's teachings and those of the prophets of old. After Christ and His apostles died, the authority went with them also. Joseph Smith was told at this time that he was to restore that of the original Church of Christ. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Mackenzie
To get the true knowledge that this church is Christ's original church, you must seek for yourself! There are 3 simple steps to finding out for yourself, which missionaries are called to help you along you way: 1. Read the Book of Mormon, study it and ponder it. 2. Pray to our Heavenly Father to know that it is true! With faith that He will manifest the answer unto you. 3. Act on the impressions of your heart. If it is a good feeling, you will know it is true. The Holy Ghost will maifest it unto you! One great way to also discover for yourself is to ask a member what they believe. Ask them to bear their testimony. Listen to them, and discover for yourself. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Mackenzie
Mormons are followers of our Savior, Jesus Christ! We are Christians. The term "Mormons" came from our belief in the Book of Mormon! Which if we treated lots of other religions the same, we might call them the, "biblons?" LOL? Im not sure, but thats not to say that Mormons dont believe in the Bible, we most definatly DO! It is just over looked beacause we have a strong belief in the Book of Mormon. Mormons believe that the church that Christ orgainized before He died on the cross, has been restored. And we are all followers of that same organization! Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Mackenzie
I would like to answer that with another question: Why do MEN hold the priesthood? An awesome opinion I have heard that MOST can agree with is: that men need to responsibility to ask others for help. We all have heard the sterotypical theries that men never ask for help...(i.e. ask for directions, ask for help to fix something, ask for anything) Well the priesthood allows men to humble themselves to ask for help! the priesthood power is a power of sevice. One cannot use the priesthood for ones self! In no way can I give myself a blessing, set myself apart for a calling or anything of the sort. I, as a man, need to humble myself to the point of asking another worthy priesthood holder to do that for me! And as many can agree, women WILL ask for help when they need it! Women should understand, that although they do not hold the priesthood themselves, they are a vital part of helping man achieve his(and her) highest potential! Do not feel that you are not "privlaged enough" to hold it. you have just as much access to the priesthood as a priesthood holder does. Mormon women have responsiblities like unto men. they have organizations that are lead by women, and men have no part of other than support. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Mackenzie
To answer simply....YES! There are many accounts from those of the Native Americans legends, that talk of a "White God" decending form the sky. We can link this to Jesus Christ! In the account of the Book of Mormon, we read in 3 Nephi 11, that Jesus appears to the people then. about 33AD. It is amazing to realize! We also read that Jesus said in the New Testament the He had "other sheep." He went to visit these "other sheep" when He appeared to the people of the ancient Americas! Show more Show less