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Hi I'm Clari Madsen

I grew up around the world because of my dad's military job. I love meeting new people and being happy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student studying elementary education. I love anything to do with music; singing, playing an instrument, concerts, listening to music. I would love to be an elementary school music teacher. I have an amazing family; the best parents and older brothers anyone could ask for. I played softball in middle school and high school and I miss playing it. Moving around the world every few years gave me the chance to meet tons of incredible people who have made huge impacts in my life, so I'm lucky enough to have friends all over the world. I laugh more than normal. Things don't upset me easily because I'd rather choose to be happy, even if things aren't going my way. I love smiling!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were both raised in this church, so I was born into a home full of love for Jesus Christ and for this gospel. I am very grateful for my parents' examples and guidance as they taught me from a very young age that I am a daughter of God and that He loves me very much. My parents' testimonies were a huge strength to me growing up. However, there came a time in high school when I realized that I needed to know for myself if this church is true. I needed to gain my own testimony of the gospel and of the Book of Mormon. My testimony did not come all at once. There is no particular moment that I remember suddenly knowing that I believed the teachings of this church. Rather, gaining my testimony was a gradual process. Whenever I heard a piece of doctrine I would pray about it to know if it was true, even if I'd heard it every Sunday of my life. I also prayed to know that the Book of Mormon was the word of God, even though I'd been reading it every night with my family for as long as I could remember. Each time I prayed to gain my own testimony of the truthfulness of this gospel, my prayers were answered. It wasn't always an immediate answer, and I never saw an angel or heard a voice from heaven. But I felt peace. It's a feeling that I cannot explain, but I cannot deny. It just felt right and I just knew. I still have that feeling whenever I think of my beliefs and my testimony. I have no doubt in my heart or in my mind that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that it brings joy, guidance, and comfort. I know that Jesus Christ lives and that His atonement will bring us to live with God again, if we do our part and live righteously. I know that we have a Father in Heaven who loves us more than we could ever imagine. He wants us to be happy, and the only way we will be truly, eternally happy is through following His commandments. I know that He is waiting for us with open arms to give our hearts to Him so that we can live with Him again someday.

How I live my faith

I have been able to serve in various ways in the church, each of which has helped me grow and become a little better. I was able to serve as the music chorister for a while. Doing so helped me pay closer attention to the words and spirit of the music, which made me feel closer to my Savior as we sang to worship Him. I was also able to serve as a teacher to the ladies in my congregation. I was at college at the time, so the girls were all fellow college students. I loved this opportunity. Each time I prepared a lesson, my testimony was strengthened as to the truthfulness of this gospel. I felt the love of my Savior so strongly and the Spirit bore witness to me that the doctrine I was studying was true and brings joy. When it came time to present my lesson, I was filled with the Spirit and I knew that Heavenly Father was using me as an instrument in His hands to help, guide, and comfort his precious daughters in my class. I did not know all of their circumstances and needs, but He did. I am so grateful that I was able to serve them and serve the Lord. I think teaching that class blessed me more than it blessed any of the girls I was teaching. I learned so much from their comments and our conversations during my lessons and my testimony of this church and its teachings was strengthened tremendously.