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Hi I'm Madelyn

I am a family practice doctor. I am married, and have 4 sons. I like Karate, creative writing, and singing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My father was in the sugar industry, so as a girl I lived in Colorado, Hawaii, California, Ivory Coast Africa, and Washington state. I learned to appreciate people of different faiths and cultures. After medical school in Utah, I moved back to Colorado, where I met my husband. I work four days a week as a Family Practice doctor. We have 4 sons, and stay busy going to Boy Scouts, piano lessons, and Karate. I am a Sunday School teacher to 11 year olds, and sing in the church choir. I am using my creative writing interests to explore the role of women in the scriptures, and to write about my pioneer great-great grandmothers.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a descendant of Mormon pioneers. I could tell my parents truly believed their faith, because they embraced it with their whole beings and lived it daily. When I was challenged by a friend to prove that God exists, I had to find the answer for myself, for I could not live something I did not believe. I received God's answer that He was there, and I committed to find and live the fullness of His gospel truth. I have found the LDS church to be the greatest cause to be a part of, with the most complete inclusion of all truth, combined with the authority of God to act in His name. Being a part of this church has brought me great peace and joy!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being active in my local church congregation, and monthly visiting teaching to care for neighbor women friends. I enjoy sharing scripture stories with my Sunday School children, and sharing my love of the scriptures by reading them with my own sons. We pray daily with our children, asking God to protect them from physical and spiritual danger. I approach each day with a prayer in my heart that God will guide me in my work to make correct diagnoses, to find the right treatment for my patients, and to emotionally uplift everyone. I love Jesus Christ, I am grateful for his atoning sacrifice for us, and I look for opportunities to share this joy with others.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Madelyn
I have found Mormon women to be intelligent, thoughtful, hard working, generous, good, spiritual people. They value good education, and though their first priority may be raising a family, many work and contribute to their communities in many ways, and representing all careers. The LDS church valiues the education of men and women equally. And though the responsibilities of each may vary somewhat, both are encouraged to be good parents, teachers, and missionaries. I feel women are honored, supported, and listened to in the church. 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?

Madelyn
I feel that men and women both have different but equally important roles in getting us back to God. In God's eternal plan we were spirits in His presence before this life. To progress we needed to get bodies on this earth, then perform specific ordinances (eg baptism, marriage) to return to God after this life. Women were given the godly power to bring spirits into this world and give them bodies, then nurture and raise these children with God's inspiration and guidance. The men were assigned the responsibility (through the God's Priesthood power) to serve others and administer the ordinances that will bring God's children back to His presence after this life. Both roles are necessary and equally important to God's plan for us. I don't think women need the Priesthood to be powerful influences and to do God's work in their homes and in the church. I see men grow spiritually, and their characters become more godly when they act in God's name through using the Priesthood. I have never felt the need to hold the Priesthood myself. I can still receive all the blessings offered by the Priesthood, my prayers can be just as powerful, and I still have access to the inspiration of God in my life. Show more Show less