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Hi I'm Mackenzie

I'm a Rock Climber, I'm a Mountaineer, I'm a student, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I really love the outdoors. I like to rock climb, hike, mountain bike, explore... and much more. I am a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints since December of 2000. I'm currently in college working towards a degree in business management.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because its the best way to live your life! It's way more than a religion, its a way of life. I used to be a member of the Lutheran church. I had a good time going there as a child. When I was in 7th grade I met a boy in my school that was a little different. He didn't seem to care about what people thought about him and he had standards that he truly lived. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As I got to know him he introduced me to his other friends and invited me to visit the Church and its activities. Eventually my family also met his and we all became very close friends. After a while, his family invited us to learn more about the Church from the missionaries. We accepted their visit and we started to look deeper into what they believed. The missionaries taught us and invited us to read parts of the Book of Mormon and pray about it. As my family did so we felt it was true and eventually made the decision to be baptized and become members of the church. That was the single most important decision of my life. It has affected me more than any other decision that I have ever made. I can trace everything positive that I have or am because of that decision to be baptized and join the Mormon church. Why have I continued? Because I am happy. I avoid a lot of pitfalls that many people fall into because of the standards that I live. I might not do a lot of things that are popular today, like drinking, premarital sex or watch Rated-R movies, but the way I live makes me truly happy and I challenge anyone out there to try it and see how great it is! So why am I mormon? BECAUSE IT ROCKS! :

How I live my faith

I think the greatest way I live my faith is in the daily decisions I make. As a person, I base my decisions off of my understanding of the purpose of life and what will truly make me happy. I know what those things are because of my understanding of the plan that God has for us. I personally didn't know what those things were before I became a member of the Mormon Church. I live my faith in many other ways as well... I teach, I learn from and I visit other church members, I try to keep the promises I made with the Lord when I was baptized, and I try to serve those around me.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Mackenzie
A "testimony" is an understanding that something is true. In the legal process a testimony is considered a solemn declaration of fact. For example a witness to a crime gives "testimony" of the events they saw or heard. A testimony that we refer to is similar. As you learn about Jesus Christ and his teachings and begin to apply them in your life you begin to notice that the promises that he gives are fulfilled. You have experiences that although small help you understand that God does in fact exist and that the teachings you received are true as well. When I first had contact with the Mormon church, people would say that they had a "testimony" that the church was true. At first it may have seemed strange, but as I learned about the teachings of the church and applied them in my life, I began to notice that doing so made me happier. I started to understand that they were true ideas. Often testimony comes when we ask God directly about a certain thing. There was a time that I wanted to know if Joseph Smith really was a prophet of God. I prayed many times and asked God if he was. I still remember when I received my answer. I had an opportunity to visit the place where Joseph said that God and Jesus Christ had appeared to him. I sat down and read Joseph's personal account of what had happened to him. As I did so I remember feeling an assurance so strong in my heart that I truly felt like God was telling me that it was true. I felt my heart filled and I remember that the feeling was so strong that it made me cry. It wasn't a huge experience, I didn't see God, or have a voice speak to me, but I received an assurance in my heart that Joseph Smith did in fact see God and Jesus Christ. I had received a "testimony." God had answered my prayer and I then knew that what I had learned about Joseph Smith was true. Show more Show less