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Hi I'm Madison

I'm an art lover. I love being outside. I love to laugh and smile. I want to do great things for the world. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I really love to do things with my hands and just being active in general. I paint, I swim, I try to play the piano, I build things, I clean things it doesn't really matter I like doing it. I'm currently going to college at BYU and trying to figure out what to do with my life like every other kid my age. It's weird to me how I'm still trying to embrace who I am in all of my weirdness and vices, you'd think I'd have that figured out by now, but such is life I guess. I really do love to be happy and I try to help others around me find some too, even if its just through a silly joke:) I like to consider myself as something of an oddity because I'm very much an introvert that has extroverted moments. I love to read but I also love to go out and party with a group of friends (friends that I'm close to, because I really don't like large groups of people where most of them are strangers). I like trying new things but somebody has to talk me over the edge because I'm part chicken. I love listening to people's stories and ideas, I think that that is a beautiful way to get to know somebody. I absolutely love to meet new people, this world is full of the most amazing humans.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member of the church my whole life, but there were times when I went to church because my parents made me. I became converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ during the transition from middle school into high school. In middle school I worked myself into a web of rumors and I had a woe-is-me attitude about the whole thing. I just was't honest with anyone or myself, I wanted to be cool and I was scared. On top of it all I didn't like my family because they were always trying to fix me and not love me, or so I thought. So I prayed for a miracle, that God would change me or all of the people I didn't like so that I could be happy. He didnt change me at all, but he did provide me with a miracle, my family was moving to Arizona and I wouldn't even have to finish 8th grade. At first I hated this and then the realization hit me I could be whoever I wanted to be in this place where literally not a soul knew me. I don't know exactly how I decided who to be, but I decided to be myself, to be honest with the people around me about who I was. I decided to try out living the gospel like I should and it started making sense to me, I think it was because I had finally faced myself and now I was able to let the gospel change me through my choices. The prophets have taught that in order to figure out if something is true you have to try it out and see what happens, and I tried! I became so happy and so much more loving to others. My family got so close in that little house in Arizona and I felt their love for me, I felt Heavenly Father's love for me, and I started to feel his love for others. I moved back to Idaho into my same house and school but I was now in a different ward. I had to face my old friends and the people I knew and I was scared that I would fall back into my old pattern of living but I chose to keep the change that came over me and I was able to love them. I know that was because of the Atonement of Christ working inside of me. I know the church is true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by living the values taught to me at home, church, and in the scriptures (Bible and Book of Mormon), I think this might be because I'm scared to open my mouth and preach the gospel to people, but I do want them to feel Heavenly Father's love for them. I'm scared because I don't want somebody to reject or make fun of something that is so special to me. That is going to have to change because I'm going to serve a mission in Arequipa Peru for 18 months! Which I am so very excited for! In the months leading up to my departure for Peru I'm teaching 9 year old girls in my ward gospel lessons as a part of church and I am also serving in the Boise Temple. All of my high school years I served in the program for girls ages 12-18, called Young Women, in various leadership positions. I really enjoy working with the young girls of the church because I can love and serve them and see them grow! I love finding ways to serve. And I love serving everyone, even people not apart of the Church. My family has a great relationship with all of our neighbors because we find ways to serve them.

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