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Hi I'm Kylie Madsen

I was born and raised in Utah. I'm a snowboarder, singer, craft-lover, and college student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student at Utah State University, and just finished my freshman year. I am studying Speech Language Pathology, to become a Speech Therapist. Moving away to college was a big step for me, but it was always a comfort to know that I could pray to my Heavenly Father when I was feeling confused or alone. Some of my favorite hobbies include crafting, singing, and snowboarding. I love being creative and discovering what I can make. I've taken years of voice lessons and choir classes, and love how singing passes the time. And in the winter, I tell myself the cold is okay, because I can go snowboarding. I really love people, and meeting others. I believe that we can learn something from everyone, because everyone has a story to tell. I believe that kindness is key and love should be our loudest attribute.

Why I am a Mormon

As I stated above, I grew up in the LDS faith. Up to the age of 14, I believed, but I wanted to know. I attended an EFY, Especially For Youth program created by the Church. EFY is a week long program, where teenagers 14-18 can go to help their testimonies strengthen. When I got there, the director of the EFY challenged us to read the Book of Mormon, and pray to know if it was true. I accepted the challenge, and every night I read from the Book of Mormon. I had never done so on my own before. I was amazed at the spirit I would feel every night as I read and prayed, and everyday as I went to lessons and activities. By the end of the week, I didn't want to leave, because I felt the spirit so strongly, and wanted to always feel that way. When I returned home, I felt changed. I was changed. I continued to read every night, and pray to my Heavenly Father. As I read, I would feel confirmations that what I was reading was true! But I wanted to wait until I had finished to book to ask in my prayers if it was. When I finished the Book of Mormon, I got on my knees, and I asked my Father in Heaven if these things were true. I felt warm and peaceful, and I heard a voice whisper to me, "you know, you've always known". I am now 19 and leave for a mission to Manchester England in less than 2 weeks. Over this period of time I've gone through challenges, trials, and changes, but when I feel overwhelmed or discouraged, I think of the moment when I gained witness that the Book of Mormon was the word of God, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was true. This gospel bring peace, joy, love, and hope into my life. I am excited to share the good news with my brothers and sisters in England soon. I know that this gospel has the power to change lives, because it changed mine, for which I'll forever be grateful. I know Heavenly Father lives and loves each of us, and if we put our trust in Him, we will return to Him one day.

How I live my faith

With each person I come in contact with, I do my best to be kind. Everyone is fighting a battle that we know nothing about, so I try to make life easier, even if it's just for a moment. I try to love as the Savior would, and although I'm not perfect, I'm trying to love. Moving away from home for college was a big step in my life. I found myself in an unfamiliar situation, where not everyone was a member of the Church, and even if they were, some would choose to stop attending. However, I, and many others, continued to attend church every Sunday, because we knew of it's importance in our lives. It would have been easy to sleep in, and my parents never would've known if I didn't attend. But I did attend, because I had received my witness that the Church was true, and I made it a priority in my life. I am leaving for a mission to Manchester England in less than 2 weeks. I know that it will be hard, but I know that it will be so worth it, to share with others what I believe, and what has made such an important impact on my life.