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Hi I'm Madison Allred

Stargazer, Mermaid, Linguistics Nerd, Fashion Blogger, Visitor's Center Missionary and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

One of my favorite things to do is to go Stargazing. I love Astronomy and Physics, and looking heavenward fills me with intrigue, wonder, and peace. My family jokes that I am a Mermaid because I have always had an affinity for the water which resulted in participation with multiple Swim and Water Polo teams. I have been fluent in Sign Language since I was young, and I am currently serving a mission for the LDS Church in the Nauvoo, IL Visitor's Center using ASL. I also speak German, and lived in Meissen for a while in the summer of 2011. I had a job in the fashion industry for a few years and loved it- but I know that the main focus of my life had to be something else. I continue to indulge my fashionista- side by doing a fashion blog. I fiddle around with the piano and the organ, and I want to learn the cello someday. I enjoy new innovations in technology and always have to be doing something with my hands. I love to cook, and to make things taste or look great! I want to travel and see the world. I have always loved other languages and cultures, and after thinking about it for a while, I realized that I want to help people in underprivileged areas in the world. I go to Brigham Young University in Provo, and after finishing my schooling I would like to go on archeological digs in Latin America. Eventually, I also would like to start a non-profit organization.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because this is the place where I find the answers to all of my doubts, fears, and questions. I believe in the Book of Mormon because I find truth. It ended my search that I did not even know I was on! I was born and raised in the Church. Most people would think that I have had an easy life because of this, but for my inquisitive mind it posed a very complicated situation. My whole life I just sat and listened while everyone gave amazing stories of how they overcame huge trials, joined the church and been blessed. However for me, it was all that I had ever known. I had gone to church every Sunday, attended every activity and participated in every program. It got to a point though when I had to know for myself what was right. I never vocalized my question, and sometimes I even forgot about it- but it was always there. My silent question ignited outbursts and was a gnawing hunger that I tried to ignore. It affected my family, my friends, and my choices. I tried to live my life in a way that I thought I was happy, and sometimes I convinced myself that I was. There were always those times though, whether in the early hours of the morning, or late at night when you are alone that you can feel when you are unhappy. One day, I just burst out crying. I was so tired. I was tired of harboring my grievances and I wanted to be different than what I was. I wanted to know what was right, what was wrong, and what I needed to do. So I turned to the scriptures and prayer. I began an honest search with a desire to know the truth. As a result of my diligence, I came to know for myself that this Gospel is true and this is the Church of God. I know that the Lord's power is here today on earth, and that we can access it. I know it will all of my mind, heart and soul.

How I live my faith

I love serving in my ward. I am currently the Family Home Evening Coordinator. In areas where there are a lot of young LDS single adults, they come together and have church together instead of meeting in wards with families. The lessons are more applicable to our stage in life, it gives us opportunities to take leadership positions and it gives you a great network of friends. The Church has been counseled by our leaders to have one night per week, usually Monday, to set aside and have it be a Family Home Evening. Normally families come together and have a spiritual lesson and then an activity, but being single and often away from your family poses a problem. The solution is Family Home Evening Groups in your Young Single Adult Ward. As a Family Home Evening Coordinator, I put all of the members into groups, or "families". Then, two "parents" are assigned to each family and it is their job to hold Family Home Evening. I make sure everything is going smoothly in each family, and I also plan Ward Family Home Evening Activities about once a month. I also coordinate with other wards to combine and have a joined Ward Family Home Evening. I also am an Institute Representative for my Young Single Adult Ward. Institute is a religion class held once a week that is outside of Church. Church Leaders have counseled young single adults to attend Institute if they are currently not in a religion class that can be offered at some Universities. We have it on Wednesday nights, and so I go early and help everything run smoothly.