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Hi I'm Maddie McLeod

I'm a 17 year old singer-songwriter who contemplates my life through music, food, fashion, Spanish, writing, and being Mormon!

About Me

*I love music. I sing and play the guitar (taught myself when I was 13 while homeschooling) along with playing the piano and ukulele. I tend to use my guitar as a drum to satisfy my desire to get a Cajon drum someday. I write music about the variety of relationships I see around me. I can guarantee you that there is a song for everyone. That's my biggest goal, anyways. I want to tour world-wide (cough-Europe-cough), performing for thousands and to sold out crowds. But ultimately, I just hope that with that kind of exposure and money that I can a) invite those without Christ in their lives to come unto Him and b) pay it forward by opening recording studios/dance studios/community stages based on a bargain (work for learning system) or something else so that others can follow their dreams without worrying about the financial strain that can come through it, like I have. *As much as I love to write songs, I have an equal love for writing stories. I'm currently working on two novels about two completely different things (if I hit a rough patch, I have something else to keep working on). I also write short stories and flash-fiction but I keep those on some writing websites. Someday, I will be a published author. *I love to hike and dance. I also love reading and baking. Not cooking, though. That's too 'boring' for me! I love all Perf. Arts. *As for university, I hope to go to BYU Provo to primarily major in Commerical Music with a secondary major in Spanish and a minor in Film.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm Mormon because it makes me happy. That's really all it is to it. Some my age tend to say that those "standards" or "rules" are there to restrict us. I find that they free us. There's nothing more that I want in my life than to feel in control of my actions, desires, thoughts, & everything else around me. It's a glorious feeling when you can gain that self-control to overcome a temptation, such as the ever persisting Cookies & Cream cake across the room. It just makes you feel great inside & I feel that by incorporating those "standards" into my life, I'm overcoming those dark thoughts in my mind & much more. I'm also a Mormon because of Christ. Repeating throughout the Book of Mormon & the Bible, they both say how it is only in & through Christ that we can be saved. Although Christ has come and gone, He is still very much alive in me. I only wish to follow Him & His teachings. After spending my life-time thus far in the church, I've realized that the teachings founded in Mormonism or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are the EXACT teaching of Christ when He was on the earth. Why wouldn't I want to live the religion that I feel best follows Christ's teachings? As I attended seminary today, I pulled out a principle relating to both of my reasons of being a Mormon. I feel that this sums up a lot of my thinking: "If I build my foundation in and on Christ (and His teachings), He will be my life jacket when the terrible and destructive storms break my boat."

How I live my faith

In a world that is becoming more chaotic and unstable, I feel that it is so crucial for everyone around me to know that they are loved by me, by their families, and most importantly, by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I feel that it's so important to remind those who one might assume is doing just fine and that life is going like a breeze for them. I know that Heavenly Father is there for me and loves me. He knows EXACTLY who I am and what potential I can fulfill. I just want others to know what I know, as well. I also feel that this little thing called moral standards is practically non-existent in our world now days. You can find that rare soul every once in a while but it is always few and far between. I feel that it is important for me to always be the best I can be. After all, I respect myself and love myself. I know where I'm going. Honestly, with that knowledge, there is so much confidence that can ooze out of a person's body. That's why I am constantly hoping that I can influence, even just one person's life, for the better. When a person respects and loves their self, it shows. You can see it in their actions, their words, and even their eyes. I know that people admire and respect that. A person with high morals wouldn't want to do anything that could potential lead to a road of heartache and pain because they know that there's a higher road. Again, I just want to live my life in a way (be an example) that might challenge others to unlock their fullest potential.