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Hi I'm Madilyn

I am a college student studying Marriage and Family, emphasizing in General Counseling, at BYU Idaho. I love this university!

About Me

I am currently about halfway through my degree studying Marriage and Family relationships. I love being able to focus all of my studies on learning how to create and maintain a successful family, and I especially love attending school in a place that emphasizes a foundation on the Gospel for family life. As I watch the trends of the world change drastically, and the basic structure of the family unraveling before our eyes, I become more and more thankful for the truths that I know every day. I cling to the light and truth of the Gospel more and more as I see what challenges we face in this modern day, and especially as I plan to raise children in this world. I am so grateful to know that God has created men and women with the distinct purpose that they complement and strengthen one another in their unique attributes and gifts. I am thankful to know that because of the strength of Temple covenants made when spouses are married for time and sealed for eternity, my own marriage can and will make it; not only can our covenants give us strength to make it through mortality, but they will bring us promised blessings all throughout eternity. I am so thankful to know that Heavenly Father loves and adores all of His children, and I am so excited for the privilege to raise some of them as a mother someday. The family is essential to God's Plan, because promoting family life and exaltation is His very purpose. He loves us! And I love Him!!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because it has all truth. I know that the Gospel, in its fullness, is taught within the organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I truly believe that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith and taught him about the missing pieces of Christ's Gospel- doctrines that were lost after his remaining apostles died- and that all of the truth that the world was missing is now restored and is available to us again today. That is why I am a member of this Church- it is the same Church that Christ established. It has been restored completely, by the Savior through Joseph Smith in this modern time!! We have the Priesthood authority on the earth today, as Christ and His disciples did long ago. We are blessed with a prophet today, Thomas S. Monson, just like the prophets that the Lord has always worked through. As in ancient times, we have Temples and eternal covenants. I am in this Church, because this is His Church. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has the whole truth of the Gospel. I promise that if you observe the way this Church operates and the members therein, as well as learn about this Gospel from the missionaries in your area, that you be able to find answers to any question in this life. You will understand where we came from, why life on earth matters, and what will become of us after we die. Being a Mormon is the biggest blessing of my life; I understand what is most important about life, and why, because of the influence of the Gospel in my life.

How I live my faith

To live my faith, I always want to be a good example. I want to live a life so that when people look at me, they have absolutely no doubts that our Heavenly Father and our Savior are real, involved in our daily lives, and that they love us. I hope that by being kind, serving others, sharing my beliefs, and achieving goals to better myself and the world around me, people can see that my life is centered on my faith. I also feel like magnifying Church callings is a wonderful reflection on how we feel about the Lord and what we truly believe in. I am thankful for opportunities to serve in the Church and feel that we can demonstrate our faith through service and prioritizing God in our lives.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is defined as a "statement or declaration of a witness". Sharing a testimony is literally being another witness of something that is true. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are always trying to strengthen the testimonies that they have- this means they try to study and pray about questions they have or things that they are struggling with- after studying about those things in the scriptures and sincerely praying to Heavenly Father, then the Spirit, or Holy Ghost, will give them a feeling of assurance if the subject of their concern is true. This pattern of personal studying and praying to God is the way in which members of this Church develop their own testimony. They share this knowledge, witnessing of God and the validity of His teachings. Under the title of "The Book of Mormon" are the words, "Another testimony of Jesus Christ". That is exactly what it is- a witness of His reality. I promise that by studying the Book of Mormon and other scriptures and then praying sincerely to Heavenly Father will help you receive your very own testimony, or witness, of the truth of the things you pray about. Show more Show less