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Hi I'm Maddie

I'm a writer, a reader, a communicator. Small town girl, big traveler. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the mother of two boys in the blurry toddler-and-baby stage, and in the middle of a four-year Fresno experience. My heart is in writing, my degree is in Communications. There are quite a few youngest-child qualities I've held onto through the years, despite my family being states away. I met my sweet husband in Jerusalem during a summer study abroad. We lived in Indianapolis during the first four years of our marriage while he attended dental school, and he is now an oral surgery resident in California. I worked in marketing before I decided to stay home with my first baby, and I'm now navigating raising a family while still growing myself. We are loving this stage of life. We are loving looking forward to the stages to come.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe in God, and I believe God wants me to be happy. I believe that God has given His children what they need to be truly happy, right now and after this life. He has given us His Gospel, restored on the earth through a Prophet that speaks to Him. He has given us His son, Jesus Christ, as a Savior. Christ has made it possible for me to return to my Heavenly Father, and to live with Him forever with my family, if I live how Christ taught us to live. I was raised by Mormon parents who believed these principles, and taught these things to me as a child. As I entered adulthood, I began to evaluate this knowledge with new eyes - is this all really true? Do I believe it? And through praying, studying, and living the principles myself - I do. Life can bring such unexpected circumstances. Some days are so incredibly harder than others. But I have learned that the days I am closest to my Savior, the days I am focused on others, the days that I truly live by the Gospel principles I've been taught...those are the days that I am happiest. They are not always the easiest. But they are the happiest. And that is why I am a Mormon - because I can feel that God lives, that He loves me, and that He has provided a way for me to return to Him with my family and live with Him forever.

How I live my faith

My faith is my life's core. I schedule my days around it, think my thoughts around it, live my life around it. It is truly at the heart of everything I do. Right now I am focusing on dedicating my service to young girls. I do that through leading my Activity Days group in my ward (biweekly activities for girls ages 8-11, where they serve together and learn about Christ). I also work with a local nonprofit that leads programs at elementary schools to teach young girls that they have undeniable, valuable self worth. We help girls learn to develop confidence in themselves, accept and appreciate their bodies, and understand and value friendships. I volunteer with the hope that these girls will come to understand what my faith has taught me - my self worth is intrinsic. I am a daughter of God. I know it, and I live my life with that knowledge always on my mind.