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Hi I'm Madeline

I'm a missionary. I'm a musician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently serving as a full-time missionary of the Church. Before that, I was a college student. I had many interests, including math, science, and language. However, my main passion is music. I've been in school choir since the 4th grade and have grown to love choral music above all other art- though I still enjoy theater and Broadway; pop, rock, and other popular music; visual arts; literature; and many other things. I'm even starting to experiment with writing my own music. I love to learn. I also love to be with my friends and family. They truly mean the world to me. It's always fun when I can get into an intellectual conversation with a good friend, but I also like just being crazy with them. I would do just about anything to make these people smile.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because living according to the teachings of this church gives me joy. I am a Mormon because when I study the scriptures, pray, and listen to the words of the living prophet, I can feel the Spirit of God. Above all, I am a Mormon because I know that this church is true. I was raised in the LDS church. As I was growing up, my family always devoutly attended church meetings and activities and even studied the scriptures and prayed in our home. I was always taught to pray and seek the truth for myself. As the apostle James wrote: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him" (James 1:5). So as I got older and realized how many different churches there were, and that all I knew was what my parents and church leaders had taught, I knew exactly what I needed to do. I began to pray and ask God if this was true. He did answer, as James promised; and then I knew for myself. But that prayer wasn't the end of it.The more I studied the scriptures, the more the Holy Ghost bore witness of their truth. The more I tried to live by their teachings, the happier I was and the better my relationships became. I have come to know God personally, and I know that He loves me. I could go on and on. I have gained many testimonies over the course of years of prayerful study and just seeing God's hand in my life. But the important thing is this: I know that God lives, and He loves me personally, as He loves each of His children. He has given us His church so that we can know how to come unto Him and be more perfect. By following the teachings of the scriptures and His living prophet, we can be happy.

How I live my faith

More than any school or other extra-curricular activities, I involve myself in my church. Currently, I am serving a full-time mission for the Church. I left my studies and my home for two years to help people draw closer to Christ. Throughout my life, I've tried every day to live according to my beliefs. I read the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I pray. I always try to be honest in my dealings with others and to do what's right. I also try to be open to conversation about my beliefs with others. I'm always looking to improve myself and my relationships with others.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Madeline
As human beings, we all sin. Every sin has a punishment that goes along with it, just like human laws have punishments. Except with sin, the punishment would be eternal, and would taint us forever so that we couldn't live with our Heavenly Father again. But Jesus Christ, God's Son, was and is a perfect, sinless being. As such, he was able to sacrifice himself to redeem us from our sins. He suffered the punishment for each and every sin committed by man (or woman) throughout time- for yours and for mine. As we turn to him, he can and will forgive us our sins and help us become better. Along with suffering for our sins, the Savior suffered each pain and sorrow we face in our lives. When you are going through a hard time, he understands exactly what you are going through, and he can help you through it. Jesus had to die so that he could be resurrected. By overcoming death, he made it so that we, too, could live again. because of his sacrifice, all men will live again one day. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Madeline
A testimony is knowledge of something true. When we say that we have a testimony, we mean that the Holy Ghost has told us that something is true. In the scriptures, there are examples of people receiving testimonies through visions or great miracles, such as Christ showing himself to Paul or healing the sick. But most of the time a testimony comes more quietly. Sometimes it's a feeling of peace when we do what is asked of us, even when it's hard. Sometimes it's a feeling of warmth, or love, or joy that comes as we read the scriptures or pray. Sometimes the Holy Ghost will teach us by putting words in our minds. The cause is the same: we need to have faith in Jesus Christ, believing that he will reveal truth to us, and we need to try to follow his teachings. And the result is the same: we come to know that God's teachings and those of his prophets and apostles are true. It may come slowly, it may come suddenly (though most of the time it will be slow). But as you exercise faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, it will come. Show more Show less