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Hi I'm Madeleine

I'm a college student who loves reading and traveling. I lived in Jerusalem for a semester. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student and the oldest of five kids. My dad is a doctor and my mom is a hard-working stay at home mother. I'm about to leave on a mission for the LDS church in Milan, Italy. I do not know Italian, I've never been to Italy, and I'm looking forward to this adventure more than anything in my life so far. I'm terrified, but even more excited. My parents are Mormon and I was born when they were about to leave Provo for med school. My dad is a doctor, so I grew up moving: Provo to San Antonio, TX, to Syracuse, NY, to Houston, TX, to Danville, VA, to Orem, UT. I loved moving around and it helped me be able to make friends easier and helped my testimony of my church grow even more. I love food, I love trying new things and if I could eat baked goods for every meal, I would. I went on a study abroad to the Holy Land my sophomore year in college, where I lived in Jerusalem for 4 months while traveling to different places in Israel, including Galilee, and to the richly exotic countries of Jordan and Turkey. My experience there was priceless and has changed me for the better. I am studying Interdisciplinary Humanities with an emphasis in English and cannot get enough of literature, music, traveling, learning about other cultures and religions. I love shopping, I love baking, I love watching movies, I love my friends, I love my family, and I love this church.I cannot wait to go to Italy and share the love I have for the gospel and Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon~ not because my parents are, not because I feel good about the church, and not even because my life is better with it. Those have all influenced my testimony of the church and are very true, but I am Mormon because I have faith in my personal Savior, who is the leader of this church. Jesus Christ, who walked the roads of Israel healing people who had sinned, who forgave those who were cruel and heartless to Him, and who suffered the Atonement for my sins and for yours, even if you don't believe in Him. He forgives me for every mistake I make, no matter how many times I mess up. My mortality is undeniable but because of His sacrifice, which gives me the priceless opportunity to be clean again and live with my Heavenly Father again some day. I absolutely believe this, I love Jesus Christ, and this is why I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I am an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I try to live the standards and teachings of the church at home, in church, in school, and in my personal life. I choose not to do things that most college aged young adults do, meaning, I prefer to live a healthy lifestyle which I strongly believe has an effect both on my physical and spiritual health. I love the church and that is why I put my whole life and effort into it. If I didn't believe in it, I would have many other things I would do, but they would be far from as rewarding as the things I choose to do now are. As a youth, I was usually in some type of presidency in a section of our youth program, which gave me a wonderful experience with leadership. Now, as an adult, I participate in the women's group at church, called Relief Society, and visit teach other women my age in my ward. My last calling was Gospel Doctrine teacher, so I taught Sunday School in my college-aged ward at BYU. It was an intimidating calling to teach the scriptures to people my age or older, who seemingly knew much more than I did. But, I love accepting every calling I receive and I always learn more than I expect to.

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

We don't practice plural marraige. We are law abiding citizens, and the practice of polygamy results in excommunication from the church. Show more Show less