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Hi I'm Madison Maughan

I'm from Utah, I'm a daughter, a sister, a friend, and most importantly, I am a Mormon!

About Me

I'm a student at Utah State University just focusing on my general education right now. I have two sisters who are my best friends. I love to play with my dachshund, Libbie, and my three other dogs. I enjoy cooking, reading, painting, and drawing. Spending time with my family is really important to me and I try to do it everyday.

Why I am a Mormon

I love my Heavenly Father and my Savior. They guide me to safe places and keep me out of harms way. They also provide me with this unbelievable happiness that I could not achieve anywhere else. I have been raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints but I continue to follow it because of the happiness it brings me and the love of Heavenly Father and His Son. I know that Jesus Christ came to this earth and I know that He loves each of us so much that He was willing to perform the Atonement. I know the Atonement can help me personally, and it enables me to be cleansed of my sins so that I can achieve ultimate happiness and one day return to be with Heavenly Father in his Kingdom. I know that the prophets, both ancient and modern-day, speak with God and receive his words to deliver them to us. I know the Holy Ghost is a gift that we must earn by keeping the commandments of God. Through the gift of the Holy Ghost, we can receive personal revelation and guidance in our daily lives. I love this gospel, and it brings me so much happiness and allows me to feel God's and Christ's love for me. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have given so much in this life, and I feel the only way to repay Them is by showing my love for them by keeping the commandments. That's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I served as a family home evening planner, setting up activities for our group to do every Monday night. I am always looking for reasons to volunteer and serve others within my ward. Service is very important to me so I try to serve someone every day. I love the youth in my ward and spent many hours with them during youth activities when I was younger. I am always looking for ways to help and uplift others, and I do my best to make other people's day a little better.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Madison Maughan
Members of the LDS faith are asked to sacrifice 10% of their income to the Church to help build the Church up and move the Lord's work forward. Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of the Church, said that the "major source of revenue is the ancient law of the tithe." The money that is donated goes to helping struggling members, the building of church houses, and even the buildings of temples. Tithing does not become income for the church authorities. Tithing is also a matter of each member's faith. As we pay our tithing, we can see that the blessings pour upon us because of our dedication and faith. As we continue to pay our tithing, we realize that it becomes an opportunity more than a burden. Gordon B. Hinckley also taught, "Tithing is not so much a matter of dollars as it is a matter of faith." Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Madison Maughan
Not every member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is required to serve a mission. It is a personal decision. Missionary service has always been a strong tradition in the Church, and it is considered a privilege to serve. Most missionaries begin serving when they are 18 or 19 and serve from 18 months to 2 years. Retired seniors also have the opportunity to serve missions with their spouse. Show more Show less