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Hi I'm Madilyn

I grew up in Arizona, I teach middle school choir, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love reading, playing piano and violin, and singing musical theatre songs with my husband. We met in college - we were both Music Education majors. We are about to celebrate our 3rd anniversary. Each year brings exciting discoveries, wonderful memories, and some incredible challenges. Even though times get hard, I know that we are following God's plan for us and He will help us through our difficulties if we keep Him involved in our lives. I've recently re-discovered my love for Yoga and love walking on the beach looking for seashells. I sing in the car more than in the shower and I have 85 kids between the ages of 11 and 15; thankfully, they are not my biological children. I teach middle school choir in coastal North Carolina. It is a beautiful place to live and work. I love living in the South and being surrounded by people who are not afraid to talk about Christ - I used to be afraid, but I'm getting better at it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but I am not a Mormon because of my parents. I know that the Book of Mormon is an inspired book, because I have read it, prayed to my Heavenly Father, and received a quiet assurance that it is true. My testimony is based on the Book of Mormon, the concept it teaches that families can be together forever, and the witness and promptings of the Holy Ghost. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior; He is the Savior and Redeemer for the whole world. I know that He loves us unconditionally - this means that no matter what we do, what mistakes we make or paths we choose, it will not change His love for us. I know that we have the potential to participate in that kind of unconditional love as we grow in faith, hope, and charity. I know that "men are that they might have joy" and that difficulties we face and tears that we cry will ultimately bring about the tender mercies of the Lord. I know that as we choose to look for, recognize, and thank Him for His tender mercies, we will become more charitable, loving, followers of Christ and will gain a greater fullness of joy and peace. I know that God is our Heavenly Father, that we are His children, and that He stands waiting to bless us if we will let Him. How would we look differently at ourselves and others if we recognized them as sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father? I know that because God loves us, He can communicate with us individually through prayer and the whisperings of the Holy Ghost. Christ atoned for our sins so that we could return to live with Him again. This is my testimony, this is why I'm a Mormon - not as a reaction or rebuttal to what others may say or do, but because I know that God loves me, that Jesus is the Christ, that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, that families can be together forever, that "this life is a time for men to prepare to meet God" and that "men are that they might have joy."

How I live my faith

I love attending my church meetings; each Sunday is an opportunity to enjoy the fellowship and love in our ward/congregation. I work with the youth on a regional level, and have particular responsibilities toward the 12-13 year old girls. I feel like my work with the youth in church helps me improve as a public school teacher and vice versa. Kids today have so many challenges and I feel very strongly that they need to know that they have a support group of parents, leaders, and Christ who love them unconditionally-that mistakes happen, repentance is real, and change can happen. I try to plan activities, events, and lessons for the youth that invite fun, loving, and wholesome impulses and feelings. I love the enthusiasm of the 12-13 year olds; they are still connected to their childhood, are willing to try new things, and lack some of the defenses of the older youth. What an amazing calling - to try to instill in these girls a sense of self-worth, integrity, and spirituality that can guard, guide, and protect them throughout their teen and adult years.