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Hi I'm Maddie.

I love photography, teaching, ancient history, and cream cheese frosting. I'd rather die than eat a blueberry. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a history buff/amateur photographer/polyglot/rabid baker. My dreams are to teach European, Middle-Eastern, or Asian history, open my own bed and breakfast, master photography, have my own family and teach my kids two languages, live in Guilin China, and master the chocolate cupcake. I love to write and read. My favorite prophet is Nephi, and S. Michael Wilcox is my spiritual idol.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a typical Mormon family in a typical Mormon city. My dad served twice in the bishopric, my mother was Primary president, my brother served a mission, and my sisters are constants in the Young Womens' presidencies. I was surrounded by the gospel constantly, yet for years I felt my personal doubts and fears and public opinion overwhelm me until my testimony was practically naught. It wasn't until I served as an English teacher in the People's Republic of China, where I was not allowed to go to church, that I felt a gaping hole in my heart where the peace and joy and glory of the gospel was missing. Now, I am truly a Mormon. I am a Mormon because the I know of a surety that the gospel of Jesus Christ is a true and beautiful thing, and only through it will I obtain all the happiness I could ever imagine. I am a Mormon because I know Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and the Book of Mormon is a true book. I am a Mormon because I know God loves me. I am a Mormon because I want my family to be sealed to me forever, during and after this life. I am a Mormon because it makes me happy now and it will make me happy for the duration of all eternity. For a long time I was a Mormon because it was expected of me; now I am a Mormon because I want to be.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving my fellow sisters in the gospel as Relief Society instructor in my Single's Ward. I love my calling with all my heart. I love to teach the plain and beautiful truths of the gospel, and I love learning new things from the sisters in my classes. I am also preparing to serve as a full-time missionary. I look forward to spreading the joy and knowledge that I have with my spirit siblings across the globe.

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Pornography is certainly hard to avoid in this day and age. It is everywhere, in movies and shows, ads, music, books, the internet. When I find myself face with such things, I simply leave. Leave the theater, change the channel, put the book down. Take an action. And if you find yourself in a situation where your very thoughts are affected by pornography, pray earnestly to your Father in Heaven to remove the thoughts and desires from you. Pornography exists because there is a market for it, and it makes money. If we take great care not to fund or invest in any salacious things, I do believe that not only will we be blessed for removing ourselves from pornography, but perhaps we can also be an example to others and remove that place in the market for the most destructive of all media types. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

I know that through the Atonement, or grace, I can and will be perfected and saved from my sins. I also know that I cannot be saved by grace alone, but I must work hard in this lifetime to build my testimony and serve others and live the gospel the best way I can. I must show my Heavenly Father through my actions that I believe in His son and His power to save me. Only when I have given my all, the rest will be made up by the Atonement. Show more Show less