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Hi I'm Madison

I was born and raised in Lancaster, California. One of my greatest passions is teaching swim lessons. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised with three younger brothers and an older sister. My brothers were very good at driving me completely insane while growing up but I have always loved them and have learned to love them even more as I have gotten a bit older. Family is very important to me and has made a huge impact on the way I am today. Some of my fondest memories growing up are when I was with my family, eating plums on the porch of my grandma's house or waking with excitement when one of my siblings tells me that it snowed last night! Every member of my family has made a huge impact on my life through their examples that they have set for me, especially my parents. My mom and dad always pushed me to do hard things so my freshman year of High School I joined the swim team and it was a lot of work but it prepared me my future. My Junior year of High School, I began working as a lifeguard and swim instructor at a local pool. It was through this experience that I discovered my deep love for children and teaching. I am now attending college in Idaho as an elementary education major. I dream of someday becoming a Kindergarten teacher and sometimes get butterflies as I think about all of the wonderful adventures that I have planned for my students. Another desire that I have for my future is becoming a wife and mother. I am excited for the joy that I know my future family will bring me and look forward to meeting those little people that I will be given the responsibility to raise.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I find more joy in this church than I find in anything else in this life. Growing up in the church, I always knew that it was true. There has never come a time when I have doubted this truth because it has been reassured to me time and time again through my every-day experiences when the Holy Spirit has testified to me that these things are true. There are no words to describe the beautiful, peaceful, and joyous feeling that comes when one feels the Holy Ghost testifying of this truth. The only way that I know to describe it is an overwhelming feeling of love that makes me want to turn my will over to God. It was my first semester in college that I felt this spirit stronger than I have ever felt before. It was after a very hard time in my life when I was struggling though some personal trials that I decided to pray to my Heavenly Father for peace, comfort, and guidance. I decided that this time I was going to pray out loud instead of in my head as I had normally done in the past. After praying for a few minutes, I began thanking my Heavenly Father for all of the wonderful blessings that he has given me and he responded by giving me a feeling of deep love that he has for me and for all of his children. Feeling this love made me want to share the joy that I have felt with as many people as I could. In this moment, I was sure that no one in the world had ever felt the way that I did at that time and I was also sure that I wanted everyone in the world and especially my brothers and sister to feel that same feeling that I had. I wanted more than anything for the people that I loved to understand this joy. I know, without a single doubt, that this church is true and that through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, all mankind can find the same joy that I have. I want to teach my future family of the love that God has for them and I want them to know that life does not end on this earth but we can be together for eternity.

How I live my faith

Starting at the age of 12, I participated in youth activities that brought the young people in our church together and created special friendships and bonds to help strengthen one-another. I was often one of the youth leaders and as one of these youth leaders we had meetings once a month to talk about how we could help the youth in our ward in any trials that they might have and how we could make them feel welcomed and loved. I worked hard to make sure that all of the young women in my group felt like they belonged and knew that they were wanted. This was a great growing experience for me because it taught me to think of others before thinking of myself. When I turned 18 I was asked to teach a 3 to 5 year old class at my church. Each Sunday I would teach these students a short lessons about things like Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father, or loving and caring for one-another. I would also bring snacks and activities such as coloring or playing with play-dough. After the lesson and activities, we would join the rest of the children and sing gospel songs and have another lesson. My most recent responsibility in church is to teach Sunday School. I taught my class of students ranging ages 18 to 30 about the Old Testament. This was a challenge for me because I am not as knowledgeable about the scriptures as a lot of my class was but it was a great learning experience. I also recently decided to serve a mission and was called by God to serve in the Chile Osorno mission where I will serve for a period of 18 months. I am so excited to go out and teach the people of Chile about God's love for them and how they can find great joy in this life and in the next. While on my mission, I will completely devote myself to the things that the Lord wants me to do.