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Hi I'm Katie Madsen

I grew up in Utah, now live in Arizona. I'm an English teacher, performer, dancer, prolific reader, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Now this is a story all about how my life started in a great town. And I'd like to take a minute, so just sit right there. I'll tell you how I became a Mormon with belief to spare. In Orem, Utah, born and raised singing and acting was how I spent most of my days. Reading and studying ~ Smart is cool. and reading books upon books in and after school. I graduated high school in 2002 and went to BYU Idaho to get a clue. Made it through with honors in English and theatre Ed. Began my career teaching 8th grade English. I taught and graded kids day after day, and after that year, to Ecuador I was on my way to play with orphans, to show them love. Seeing all that poverty, I had to thank the Lord above. Came back, no job~yo this is bad. Finally, I found teaching position in Arizona. New culture, living further from fam in the ghetto. I felt grown up alright. But wait, I was heartbroken from ex and lonely and all that. How would I survive this new place where I was at? I made poor choices and felt out of sorts. I still kept high standards, a Molly Mormon and all. I threw myself into my career, and often was nominated Teacher of the Year. I met my best friend, and then my wounds began to mend. Yet something was missing: my relationship with my Savior had disappeared despite keeping high standards that many revered. I changed my priorities and read the word, and decided it was time to get endowed. I looked at the kingdom; I want to get there to sit on my throne as a daughter of God.

Why I am a Mormon

I cannot deny that God has had a hand in my life. He has brought people when I needed them, and He has opened my understanding on his timetable, which has been the best for me. Growing up, I was a Mormon because my family was Mormon, all of my friends were Mormon, and because it logically made sense to me. It also gave me a sense of community and belonging. Believing I had depression and later discovering it was anxiety, I really needed that sense of community and belonging. I always stayed a Mormon even when I struggled to pray and read my scriptures because I knew that living that way made me happy. Whenever I questioned my faith in the church, I would notice that my Mormon students were always the best, the brightest, the hardest working. I would notice that the world had messed up priorities, that sinning was in vogue and that people no longer knew how to truly love. Whenever I observed this, I was proud to be a Mormon. However, logic and observation alone cannot maintain a testimony. My anxiety and childhood trauma prevented me from readily feeling the spirit, but it is now on my highest priority to increase my relationship with my Savior and discover the truthfulness of the gospel. I am grateful that my Savior loves me. I am grateful that he has not given up on me. I humbly pray that the world will grow closer to the spirit I know that Jesus Christ lived. I know that the only way to be happy is to model your life after Christ. I know that the teachings of the prophets are good, and if followed, will make you happier. I believe that the church is true. I believe that the Scriptures are true. and I will continue to work on that hope and that belief to further strengthen my testimony. I humbly pray that I can help people in the world come to know Jesus Christ and to follow him.

How I live my faith

I have always had very high standards. Drinking, drugs, immodesty, bad media have never interested or tempted me. Despite being surrounded by very good Mormons, I was always the Molly Mormon of the group: the really strong one. I have been teased several times for my really high standards. However, I had a secret: I did not know if the church was true, and I did not ever feel the spirit. Logically, the church made sense to me, and I knew living the standards made me happy. Being an excellent public speaker and teacher, I was often called to speak in church, teach gospel doctrine, and teach in the woman's organization. Although I struggled to feel the spirit and get answers to my prayers, through the way I lived my life and the way I taught gospel doctrine, I helped many others to feel the spirit. I believe in love and Christ like living. Since joining the performing dance world, I have had to fight for my high standards of modesty with costume and dance moves. Traveling the world, I realized how amazing it was to grow up in this church and have a strong family foundation and good standards of living. After volunteering in orphanages in Ecuador and Tanzania, I saw how much the world needed good examples. I started praying for opportunities to provide service and recognize people in need. This active charity brought me closer to the Savior. And slowly little by little I began to develop a testimony. We all are given different blessings and different talents. Sometimes, I wish I had been blessed with an easy ability to have faith and believe, but I know there was a reason that developing a testimony was a struggle for me. I also know there was a reason why I had an easy time living the standards. Living my faith was easy, but believing my faith was hard. Even now, I struggle with my testimony and making sure it is as strong as it can be, but I know that righteous living is the happy way to live.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Katie Madsen
As a teacher, my testimony in the importance of families has continued to grow. I watch as those who come from loving, supportive homes find more success in school and in life. Teaching honors classes, I always observed that my honors' students were strong Catholics or strong Mormons. Many non-Mormon teachers made this same observation, and it came down to one distinct difference: a strong family. Children who have parents that take an active interest in their academic studies and who raise them to value honesty, charity, kindness, and hard work do better in all areas of life. When you are a child, you are developing your habits and personality for later in life. Childhood shapes us more than any other time, so it is very important that we have strong, active parents to guide us. The church recognizes that the world is headed down hill and that the youth of the church face difficult temptations. It is paramount that they are guided by a present, active parent to help them navigate these temptations. Also the family is essential not just for the welfare of the children, but for the growth of the parents. As parents learn to work together to raise a family and lead their family unit, they build leadership and communication abilities. A strong family unit builds strong individuals. As we learn to get along with each other and work together, we are prepared to take our place in heaven as heirs to the kingdom of God. We are his sons and daughters, his heirs. Show more Show less