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Hi I'm Maddy Van Vleet

I'm a Hoosier at Indiana University. I'm a full time student and incessant laugher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently in school studying to be an Elementary School teacher. I love children and I love inspiring them to learn and push themselves even more. My goal is to be able to show my students that they can accomplish their goals and motivate them to stay true to themselves. I work part time as a teaching assistant for the university and spend the rest of my free time with my wonderful family of friends here at school, who keep me from missing my real family too much. I'm an avid musical theatre fan and sing my way through life. My faith is the true center of my life though, giving me strength to keep moving forward in every circumstance I'm given.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, because nothing in my life brings me more happiness than the gospel of Jesus Christ. There are many times in my life where I feel weak or incapable of overcoming an obstacle, and I have found unbelievable strength in this church and my Heavenly Father through the peace it brings me. This gospel gives my life purpose, and provides me with a perspective that guides almost every decision I make. I'm a Mormon because I can't do everything on my own, and I not only rely on my Heavenly Father for strength, but on my church family as well. There was a time in my life where I made some choices that led me away from the church for a period of time, and during that time I felt very lost, confused, and that I had lost my sense of purpose. As I started to read the Book of Mormon more regularly and recommited myself to following God's commandments, I have seen God work miracles in my life, and this stark contrast has truly shown me that I don't ever want to live without this guidance again. One of my favorite things about the Mormon church is the belief we have that families can be together forever. This knowledge has made the heartbreaks in life (such as death, illness, or separation from loved ones) much easier to bear, because I know I will be able to be with them after death. The Mormon faith has shaped my entire life, from my lifestyle to my goals in life, and I would not change that for the world.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by constantly striving to be the best person I can be, always getting back up when I make a mistake. I attend a young single adult congregation every Sunday, where I have made friendships that strengthen me on a daily basis. I currently teach women my age from talks given by leaders of our church that focus on life in our modern times . I also attend religion classes at the church's institute of religion on campus and teach with the missionaries here on a weekly basis. I'm currently preparing to serve a full time mission in Germany.

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

Maddy Van Vleet
The Atonement of Jesus Christ was the sacrifice he made for us when he suffered for our sins so that we could one day return to live with Him and God. The Atonement was necessary because as humans we cannot be perfect, only continuously strive to be. Christ suffered for our sins to that we can be made perfect as we repent of our sins and continuously strive to improve ourselves. Through the Atonement we find forgiveness, comfort, peace, and most importantly it refines us into better, more Christ-like people. My favorite quote I have ever heard about the Atonement is that "It [Atonement] is universal in purpose, but individual in application." Christ suffered so that everyone could receive these blessings, but we must individually strive to repent and use his sacrifice to better ourselves so that we may return to live with God. Show more Show less