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Hi I'm Maddie

I'm excited to serve an 18 month mission in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I love my Heavenly Father. He is real and He loves me.

About Me

I have been a member of the Church my entire life. I have lived all over the United States, from Colorado to Washington to Utah to Pennsylvania. It has been such a comfort to be a member of an organized, steady, and worldwide church established and restored by the hand of God. I have been called to serve an 18-month mission for the church in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I speak Spanish and love all things Latino. I'm so excited to be able to teach people in such a beautiful place in a beautiful language about the gospel of Jesus Christ and God's plan for His children. I am enrolled as a student studying Recreation Management at Brigham Young University in Utah and I absolutely love it. I also love ballroom dance, Disney movies, cookie dough, and watching the sunset.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of this church. My parents were both born members as well, but each of them has a parent who has converted to the gospel. I did not always love this gospel as I do now. Growing up in the church, I just believed everything my parents and leaders told me for a long time as a child. I grew up outside of Utah where there weren't strong Mormon populations and found that I was really struggling with who I was and what the gospel meant to me. I moved to Utah just before my junior high/middle school years and I know that was no accident. There was a strong church membership there and I had the chance to be surrounded by Mormon friends who built me up and helped me to strengthen my testimony of this gospel and discover my divine identity and build confidence in myself. Now I am living in Pennsylvania where there again is not a strong church membership, but this time, I am prepared. Living here has brought me so close to my Savior and has helped me realize how important the gospel is to me. I have had innumerable opportunities to share aspects of the gospel in school and with my friends. It has brought me such happiness that I never could have imagined, and the Lord knew that when He sent me and my family here. I have sort of been forced to figure out what I believe because I can't be a fence-sitter. I'm either with God or without Him, and I have chosen, and always will choose, to stay with my Father in heaven. I am a Mormon because I know this gospel is true. It is the one way to eternal and infinite happiness with our Heavenly Father and I am so grateful for it's existence in my life.

How I live my faith

In my ward I am the president over the group of young women ages sixteen to eighteen called the "Laurels". I help organize activities, make announcements, identify the needs of the young women and help meet those needs. Not only to I supervise the needs of the Laurels, but I also have the responsibility of including all the young women and making sure everyone feels welcome and feels of the Lord's love for them. In my daily life, I have so many opportunities to share my faith and testimony of the gospel with teachers and peers at school as well. I do this by refraining from watching rated R movies when they are played in class, being honest when a mistake is made on grading my test, and by simply being a good example and friend to everyone. I am a member of a leadership organization at my school as well that participates in tons of school activities and assists in new students' adaptation to the high school. There is a certain honor code and standard that members have to keep while on the team, otherwise they will be removed from it. When I was applying for a position on the team, I found that I didn't have to lie about my character or compromise my honesty at all. The standards of the leadership team exactly matched the standards that I have been living my entire life with the gospel! Through this organization, my efforts toward being a good example and someone with good character have been on even greater display for others to see and this knowledge helps me to both be a better member of the church but has also helped me make friends and share the gospel with them that way.