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Hi I'm Madeline

I am studying Social Work at Utah Valley University. I enjoy learning languages, volunteering, and learning. And I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in Denver Colorado, and I graduated from high school in December 2013. I then moved to Utah, where I began college at Utah Valley University. I am in my sophomore year of college, studying social work with a minor in Spanish. When I'm not working or in school, I spend some of my time volunteering at the Utah State Hospital working with elementary school children. On February 18th, 2015, I will be leaving for Atlanta Georgia to serve a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I will be speaking Spanish for eighteen months. I have such a strong love for my Savior Jesus Christ, and I cannot wait to spend the next year and half serving among God's children. My trust in my Heavenly Father is the reason I am leaving behind my friends, family, education, work, and comforts into the unknown. I hope through my service that I will be able to help others understand the immense amount of love their Heavenly Father has for them.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I find a fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My parents split in 2006, and for a few years, I was very lost. I lost a large amount of my faith and I struggled to find a religion that I fully connected with. I never doubted that God existed, but I wasn't sure who was right. I investigated many other religions, and there were times when I strayed from religion completely. And then one day, something amazing clicked in me. I cannot describe it as anything short of a miracle. I began to investigate the faith I was raised with-- the LDS faith-- and I did so with an open heart. My life was changed as I began to discover how full and joyous I felt as I read the Book of Mormon, and as I truly learned for myself that this was the true Church of Jesus Christ. I have faced countless trials since then, many of which have broken my heart. Yet during those times of utter distress and hopelessness, I am filled with the love of God through His Spirit. The gospel and atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ have brought me through every hopeless depression I have ever faced. The gospel of Jesus Christ has, quite literally, saved my life. I am not a Mormon because my parents are Mormons. I'm not a Mormon because I was raised to be one. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it is here that I have found the full love and light of my Savior Jesus Christ. I am eternally indebted to Him and the sacrifice He made on my behalf. I am a Mormon because I want to spend every moment of my life trying to earn the perfect love I have been given by my Father in Heaven through His son Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith my by recommitting myself to God every day. Despite the trials I might face, I make a promise to my Heavenly Father each day that I will attempt to dedicate every part of myself to Him that day. Of course, I always fall short. My effort is never perfect. However, I live my faith by constantly starting over and trusting that God loves me and has a plan for me. I live my faith by reaching out to others. Again, this is something I always fall short of. Yet I always try to see others with the love that Christ has for them. I trust that there is something in each person that I may not be able to see. I live my faith by studying the scriptures, by praying night and day, by attending Church and temple services, and by abiding by standards that I have set for myself so that I can live as Christ would live.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Madeline
Nope! We do more service for non-members than we do members. Our church has put out many relief aids to natural disasters countless of times. Individual members get together and perform many acts of service during youth activities. For example, many of us got together and put together 72 hour kits, which is useful materials that we would use when a distaster happens and we have nothing else to turn to. In those 72 hour kits are things like toothpaste, tooth brushes, soap, shampoo, conditioner, deoderant, and food. Not only that, but we believe we have a sacred obligation to serve all those with whom we come in contact. We believe each person to be, quite literally, sons and daughters of God. Therefore, we are instructed to help all those in need, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political party, or creed. Show more Show less