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Hi I'm Madison Anderson

I grew up in a small town in Idaho where I spent my days playing outside with my family and learning to play piano. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a large family and really enjoyed it. My family and I live in a small town in Idaho where we have lived for most of my life. Even though we live in a small town, our lives get pretty busy because we own our own funeral home. To say the least, my childhood was a little different from everyone else's, but working with my parents actually made me appreciate how families can be together forever and it actually strengthened my testimony of the Plan of Salvation.

Why I am a Mormon

I guess the answer is simple, the answer is the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead that does not have a body of flesh and bones, that is able to touch our hearts. The Holy Ghost has many jobs which include comforting us and helping us to know the truth in all things. Time and time again I've been given comfort when I've prayed for it and even in times when I hadn't. The Holy Ghost has also helped me gain a testimony. So many times I have felt the Holy Ghost while I was reading scriptures or listened to a speaker in church. He helped me know that what I was reading or hearing was true. One thing about the Holy Ghost is that He speaks to us in a still, small, voice. He doesn't shout at us but quietly touches our hearts and bears truth. To hear this voice, you need to pay attention and listen for it. If you try your best to get close to your Father in Heaven, He will send the Holy Ghost to comfort you and help you along. I've noticed that this is true. I have always felt the best spiritually, emotionally, and mentally when I was doing my best to gain a relationship with my Savior and Heavenly Father, and could feel the Holy Ghost. When I'm not doing what is right, I don't feel the Holy Ghost as often or not at all. That's when my life is the hardest; when I'm not very close to my Savior and can't feel the Holy Ghost that He sends to comfort and teach us. Because I am a Mormon, my family is sealed together for all of eternity. This means that no matter what, nothing, not even death can divide my family because we will still be a family after we die. When two people get married, in their vows it says "'till death do you part." The Mormon church is Jesus Christ's church restored on the earth. That means that we have the priesthood, His authority and power, which seals our families forever. There is no end after death. We are a family now, and we will be after we die.

How I live my faith

In the Mormon church, we all pitch in to help one another by teaching each other and taking care of one another's needs. One way we do this is by accepting a calling. A "calling" is a position in the church that gives you the opportunity to help others. One calling I have is to play piano during my church class. Music is a big part of the church because it can help add to a reverent atmosphere where we can learn and feel the Spirit, or Holy Ghost, who helps us feel comfort and peace, and tells us when we hear something that is true. Another calling I have is to be a Visiting Teacher. A visiting teacher is someone who goes and looks after another person and makes sure their needs are taken care of. I have a partner who goes around with me to check on these four women we're assigned to. Sometimes we'll help by picking up medicine for them, or sometimes we just stop by their house with cookies to let them know we're thinking of them. By being a visiting teacher, I get to help take care of, and make friends with, the people in my community.