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Hi I'm Madi Polson

I'm a runner, writer, violinist, and a friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I go to high school in Eastern Pennsylvania where I love the cross country and track teams, playing violin in the school orchestra, and participating in outside volunteer opportunities. I'm the oldest of four kids, and my siblings are some of my best friends. Six months ago, I moved across the country from Colorado to Pennsylvania.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I believe in this church completely and though there are many challenges, I'm happy. I know this is God's true church on earth today. Recently I went with my non-member friend to meet with the missionaries. It was a spiritual experience and one of the metaphors they told is one I will never forget. He spoke of a glass table, held up by 13 legs, which represented Christ when he was on earth and the 12 apostles He appointed. The table is the Gospel. When Christ left this earth one of those legs was removed. The table could still stand with only 12 legs, but soon all the apostles were gone too. There was no one to replace them because there was none worthy enough for them to pass the Priesthood on to, which is the power to act in God’s name. The glass table fell, shattering in a million pieces. At first the pieces were ignored but soon people began to wonder, and sift through the pieces, picking up the ones they believed in and shunning the ones they didn’t. Because of this there were many different churches in the early 1800s. Joseph Smith, only 14, was confused about which church was true. He read James 1:5, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” Joseph prayed for guidance and was visited by God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, who helped him restore His true church. Joseph, with God’s help, translated the gold plates to the Book of Mormon. The glass table was melded back together and, precarious as it was at first, it stood. Many tried to crush it but it would not budge. This table still stands today, stronger than ever. It will never ever fall again. I know Joseph Smith was a true prophet, and that he really did see God and Christ. I know that any sacrifice is worth keeping the standards that this church has set for us. I am a Mormon because this church has blessed me so much. My religion is not a crutch, but a sword. There is nowhere I’d rather be.

How I live my faith

I'm 16 years old and am currently serving in my church as a Youth Family History Consultant! It's my job along with a few other youth in my ward to set an example to the rest of the youth by exceeding what is asked of us in indexing, as well as family history work, and it's our privilege to be able to teach people how to do indexing or family history. I think it is also important, however, that we all recognize we have callings from God that are not officially in the church, with a title. For example, there is an older, single sister in my ward, who lives alone and is unable to physically do a lot on her own. About once a month I'll go visit her, talking to her and her beautiful horse and dog, and helping her out with any jobs she may need done. I also live my faith by not being afraid to share what I know. Every Thursday at lunch, my school has FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), though it's not just for athletes! I've been attending for several months now, and find it a unique opportunity to show those around me what exactly Mormons live for, while still showing them that we ARE Christians. :)

What is being a Mormon like?

Madi Polson
Being a Mormon is the most amazing thing in the world. I am not exaggerating, I am dead serious. I look around every day at the world and the people in it and go, "How? How do they do that? How do they live without knowing?" The gospel has been such a blessing in my life and I honestly know that I would be a very different person without it. I know that each and every standard that we have, specifically those for the youth, are set in place for a reason. They're very good reasons, too. Any sacrifice is worth keeping our standards. Christ died for you so you could repent. We should want to please Him, want to do our best. And that is what I want, and that is what I strive at. Being a Mormon is knowing who you are, what is important, what you want, who's going to win in this big game of life, what the outcome will be, where we all came from, and what we have here on earth. We are all standing out on a football field, contemplating which jersey to put on. Many people have guesses of who will win. I know for a fact who will win, and it is up to me and everyone else to put on the right jersey: Christ's jersey. Being a Mormon is loving your family, having the truth, being strong. Being a Mormon is holding up you light for the whole world to see. Being a Mormon is loving life to the fullest capacity and having a light in your eyes that people recognize. Being a Mormon is not always popular, or "cool," but being a Mormon is the best thing that can happen to anyone. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Madi Polson
Atonement. At. One. Ment. In one moment. In one moment, Christ suffered for you. For you, and you alone. Yes, He suffered for all the sins of the world. But it isn't like he only felt our pains and sins as a group. For one moment, just a single, moment, Christ suffered for only you, and for all the sins that you made and will make. For one moment in the Garden of Gethsemane, Christ though of you. He thought of you, and felt everything you feel. We have all had those days where we cry ourselves to sleep, scream that no one understands, and want to run away and never stop. But we are wrong. Someone does understand, always. He does. He understands so perfectly, more than we even understand ourselves. Each and every one of us are loved more than we will ever know by someone who died to know us. He understands. He knows. He gets it. Every time we cry, every time we are upset, and are feeling alone, Christ is standing behind us, a hand on our shoulder, whispering to us that it will be okay, that we can get through this... if only we will listen. It was necessary for Christ to sacrifice His life for us, because if he hadn't, it would literally be impossible for us to make it back up to our Father in Heaven. None of us is perfect, and we must suffer the consequences of our sins. But Christ loves us enough to take those consequences upon Himself so that we can all make it back up to Heaven someday. Love like that isn't found anywhere else. Embrace it. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Madi Polson
I believe whole-heartedly that our prophet today, President Thomas S. Monson, is called and ordained of God. I believe that he is the most amazing and Christ-like person alive today. I have heard many stories of him, both of his recent life and his childhood, that has made me cry. I am forever blessed and grateful to God that we have a prophet on this earth today to provide us with modern-day revelation. President Monson never fails to make my heart soar with joy and hope and determination, and brings the Spirit of God to me, pulsing inside of me. It is truly amazing that we are able to receive information directly from God through him, and it calms my Spirit to know that I am never alone, that I will never thirst for guidance. I love President Monson, and I always love hearing him speak in meetings. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Madi Polson
Faith is believing the sun will rise tomorrow. Faith is believing you will wake up in the morning. Faith is holding on to the grass when the sky tugs at you. Faith is promising yourself God loves you. Faith is trusting your best friend to never betray you. Faith is telling yourself you will try again tomorrow. Faith is continuing up a staircase when you can't see the top. Faith is praying to a God that you don't remember. Faith is forgiving and forgetting. Faith is going your own way. Faith is loving those who are hardest to love. Faith is telling a secret. Faith is sharing a truth. Faith is trusting that if the limb you go out on breaks behind you God will help you fly. Faith is not letting words get you down. Faith is excepting your faults. Faith is knowing that it doesn't come overnight. Faith is to never stop praying. Faith is believing God when His answer is wait. Faith is not living by sight. Faith is being confident in yourself, who you are, and what you believe in. Faith is sometimes stepping outside, getting some air, and reminding yourself of who you are and who you want to become. Faith is focusing on the good. Faith is moving forward even when you don't have it all figured out. Faith is not overthinking things. Faith is trying again. Faith is not worrying about things you can't change. Faith is expecting problems. Faith is sometimes just closing your eyes, taking a deep breath, and letting it all go. Faith is remembering that it is always darkest before the dawn. Show more Show less