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Hi I'm Maddie

I grew up constantly moving for the Navy. I love people and plants. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm just another university student with aspirations to change lives (but for now I work as a custodian). Experiencing my father serving in the United States military for most of my life has taught me to have courage to go after the things I want in this life. My path has taken me to researching plant biology in hopes of contributing to society, whether that be by helping find a cure for cancer or teaching conservation techniques to the uneducated. Before I embark on that journey, however, I hope to affect lives first by serving a full-time LDS mission in Arizona. This service is another way of showing my dedication and love for people and for what I believe in.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know the doctrine taught is true. Why would I be a member of the Mormon faith if I didn't? I know that the Book of Mormon is genuine and incredible because every time I read it I feel God's love. I know that this gospel is the same that Jesus Christ taught when He was on the earth because the doctrine we live is identical to the doctrine He taught; love, acceptance, forgiveness, and hope for our future. I am a Mormon because what we teach is not a Sunday seminar but an everyday conversion; a lifestyle that brings happiness. I am a Mormon because when I attend church or read LDS material online I feel a power, a spirit, so strong that I could not possibly deny it. But mostly, I am a Mormon because I love my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and the words of the Book of Mormon and the faith expressed by fellow church members match the love I feel perfectly.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by SMILING. I am happy with my community, I am happy with my religion, and I am happy with my life. The resiliency that I have developed over the years has come from my knowledge that when I am actively participating and engaging in my faith, I am happy. In the past, I've worked with girls younger than me in trying to bolster their beliefs and realize their potential. This made me happy. I've also been asked in the past to teach my peers about different topics that we believe in. This made me happy. Every calling I hold and every lesson I am a part of makes me incredibly happy. Therefore, I live my faith by smiling; by showing outwardly what I constantly feel inside.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Maddie
Missionaries proselyte because they want to share what they believe in. I'm serving a mission because the gospel of the LDS church makes me happy and I know that it is the truth concerning our salvation. I want to spread this good news and message of love with every person I meet so they can have a chance to feel my same happiness! They proselyte because during His mortal ministry, Jesus Christ asked His disciples to teach all the nations His gospel. They are taking that challenge and magnifying it by dedicating countless days and months to serve, teach, and love in the physical place of our Savior. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Maddie
I've always thought of it like this: Women and men have different roles to play in this life, but they are equal. Women have the power of creating life, which is God's power. Men have the ability to hold the priesthood, which is God's power. Women need men to use their power to its fullness, and men need women to support and sustain their power. Women's power of procreation is to the benefit of her whole family, not just the mother. Men's power of the priesthood is to the benefit of his whole family, not just the holder. I find that to be fair to say the least. Women do lead in the Church! We have specific organizations of women and young women that serve the ward in ways that vital to a well-functioning church. Women and men are complete equals. As a female member of the LDS faith, I have never felt like I wasn't needed or that I was less helpful than a male. People who say that women are oppressed may have had a bad experience, but that doesn't reflect on the institution. The way the Church is organized is inspired and leaves no man or woman without a way to contribute. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Maddie
It's bliss. It's feeling like you are loved all of the time by a Heavenly Father who will never abandon you. It's going to church and knowing that everything you are hearing was taught by our Savior, Jesus Christ, during His earthy ministry. It's going to activities and knowing that the events will be wholesome and fun. It means continually building your beliefs, just like any other Christian. Being a Mormon is being a normal person that is trying to walk the higher road in life because you know that it exists. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Maddie
Invite them over and find out! In general, they will want to get to know you so they can learn how to best serve you. They will also teach you from the Book of Mormon, the Holy Bible, and their own experiences and share what the LDS faith is all about. Give them a chance and you won't be disappointed. Show more Show less