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Hi I'm Maddy

I grew up in Washington DC and the Colorado Rockies. I love music, biology, writing, and travelling. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just graduated from college with a Bachelor's degree in biology. I love biology because to me, it is the study of how God created life on earth. I also minored in music. I play piano and cello and a tiny bit of the French horn. I love hiking, especially in the Blueridge Mountains of Virginia and the Rockies in Colorado. I've developed a love for cross country running, especially with a team, because the camaraderie is very similar to a family. If I can find any kind of creative outlet, I'm going to try it, even if I'm not particularly good at it. I've dabbled in poetry, photography, novel-writing, composing classical music, drawing, crocheting (not really my thing), and fingerpainting. Not even college kids are too old for fingerpainting! I've done a lot of travelling, mostly just around the U.S. I find historical cities like Jamestown and Gettysburg fascinating, and I love visiting the beautiful national parks out West. My favorite adventure by far, though, is snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands, where I got up close and personal with some sea lions and beautiful tropical fish, and even saw two small sharks!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family and baptized at the age of eight. I knew then that I should be baptized because the Lord wanted me to be clean and become a part of his family. I know that even more clearly now. I know that I am a child of God. He is my Heavenly Father, and He loves me. I know that His Son, Jesus Christ, came to earth to atone for the sins of the world. Not only that, but he also suffered every pain and sorrow that we experience in our own lives. He did this so that he can understand us. Because of this, no matter what trial I find myself struggling through, I know that there is at least one person in this immense universe that empathizes with me and cares for me. Many people in this world think that since they have troubles, God either doesn't exist or doesn't love them. However, I vehemently testify that this is not true. God does love each and every one of us, and He aches with us when we are in pain. He yearns to help us through our trials, if only we would trust him. I heard it said once that when it rains, it rains on both the righteous and the unrighteous. When it does, God's love and Christ's atoning sacrifice are my umbrella and raincoat that keep me warm and dry. However, I must first put on the raincoat and open the umbrella myself. This is like praying for help and comfort, then having faith that my prayers will be answered. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have restored the true and complete gospel through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that the Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ written by the ancient people of the Americas, is true, because I have read it many times and prayed to understand it. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a living prophet today. He receives revelation from God for the Church, just as Adam, Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, and countless others did millenia ago. I know that as long as I remain righteous, and repent when I make mistakes, I can return to live with God again in heaven.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying my best to follow the example of our Savior Jesus Christ. I look for opportunities to serve others in the community and in my church. This service comes in the form of delivering Thanksgiving turkeys to families who don't have them, shoveling a neighbor's driveway, or even just sharing cookies with someone who is having a bad day. I attend my church meetings every Sunday and go to the temple as often as I can. I have volunteered as a pianist in several of my church congregations over the years, and I also have served on leadership committees to help plan large-scale church activities. I also live my faith by trying to share it with others. I often invite friends to church or to activities. I want everyone to know that whoever you are, you are always welcome in the Mormon church. When I can, I share my testimony, or what I believe, with others. I am very excited to soon be able to live my faith at a whole new level in Europe, where I have been called to serve in the Hungary Budapest mission. I will be gone for 18 months, teaching everyone I can about the truthfulness of the gospel.