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Hi I'm Madison

I grew up in Utah. I am serving an LDS Mission in the Salem, Oregon Mission!!!!!!! I am a Mormon.

About Me

Ever since I have been on my mission, I have been learning so many different ways to increase my faith. Working with all the people that we do has changed my view on how much our father in heaven loves his children, and how he has had a distinct role in each one of our lives. I grew up in the church, but I never really appreciated it until I started to apply the gospel, and the atonement in my life. Now that I am out here serving the Lord, I have felt the spirit confirm to me over and over again how real and fulfilling the gospel of Jesus Christ is. There is nothing like "Losing your life" for the sake of the gospel, and helping our brothers and sisters come to know their divine potential and the power of the atonement. It is truly a privilege to be out here in the work of the the Lord.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a testimony that this is the true church of God. That we have a true and living prophet to guide us today, that we always have, and always will. The Book of Mormon confirms this. The testimony of the three witnesses confirms this (intro to the B.O.M.) The account of Joseph Smith, and the testimonies of the thousands of people who knew and followed him undoubtedly confirm this. I believe that there is life eternal after death, as we are taught, and that we can be sealed as families here on earth and in the eternities. I know and believe in the work that takes place in the temples. They are sacred and holy places, places where angels and God walk, places where heaven and earth are linked. They must be viewed with the utmost of importance and respect. I know how tough it is to accept everything the church stands for, and what they want their members to gain a testimony of and stand for. But this gospel really does change lives. I am very grateful for growing up in the church, although that hasn't always been my sentiment. I have had a lot of difficult trials in my life. We all have. But the power of the atonement been confirmed to me as I have learned to rely on prayer, and faith to help me in the toughest of times. I fully believe that it can be the same for anybody else. I know the church is true, I have always known it. I just had to live those truths, and give my will to the Lord so that I could truly partake of the "Fullness of Joy" that the gospel brings.

How I live my faith

I have served in several callings as a teacher in my ward(s). I taught sunbeams, and had the privilege of moving up with my little class to teach them in CTR 4. I loved them! Although it got a little frustrating at times because they were so young, and getting off track in the lesson was easy to do. They were amazingly in tune with who Jesus Christ is, and their love for him ran deep. After teaching them, I was called to teach the 11&12 year old girls. It was so scary moving up to teach the older kids! I didn't know how to really plan lessons for them, since I was so used to 4-5 year old's. But it was a good experience. Then I moved to my singles ward, and was asked to be a Gospel Principle's teacher......... I never gave an answer to that the first time I was asked (I was not confident enough to teach people my age), but at a later time I was asked again and I accepted the call. I figured if God really thought I was able to teach, then I would give it a shot. Plus I felt bad not giving an answer the first time. That was one of the best callings I have had to be honest. I also served as a visiting teacher in both of my wards. That is a different kind of call, and hard to keep up on, but it is enjoyable. Even if you don't get to visit, sending a card is good to let the sisters know that they aren't forgotten. So I have had quite a few callings in the past 3-4 years, all of which have helped me to learn more about my savior, and build a lasting relationship with him.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Madison
Missions are an option. Young men are mainly encouraged to serve a mission, but it is a choice. The Lord wants WILLING and able young men and women to consider devoting their time to serving a mission. Young women do not have to serve missions, it is not really encouraged to them as much as it is to the young men, but their service is equally as welcomed. You are not required to go out and serve a mission in order to be a member, and/or retain your membership. A mission is a serious obligation, that requires alot of faith and diligence. The decision to serve should be evaluated and prayed about before a person turns in their mission papers. Show more Show less