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Hi I'm Maddie

I grew up in the Bay Area, where there were very few religious individuals, but I grew a testimony for myself and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just finished my freshman year at BYU where I majored in biology as I hope to attend medical school in the future. I thoroughly enjoy learning about our anatomical features and functions, however I also have a passion for history, yet unfortunately the two don't really coincide. I enjoy reading, baking, and cooking in my spare time. I also love to travel and have been to over 30 countries. I love the diversity that comes with this and my ability to immerse myself in new cultures and to try all sorts of weird foods, some of which I do regret trying, but hey it's all for the experience. And I also love all outdoor activities. I'm an avid hiker and runner (or at least pretend to be) and am so fortunate to live in an area where I can constantly be outside and discover new paths and trails. However this won't be for much longer as I depart at the end of June to serve an 18-month mission in Florida Fort Lauderdale. I am so excited and anxious to begin this next step and know that it is exactly where I am supposed to be.

Why I am a Mormon

I am not a Mormon because it is easy. I am not a Mormon because I was forced. I am not a Mormon because it is widely accepted. However, I am a Mormon because it is the only true church on this earth and by abiding by its precepts I have experienced indescribable joy, happiness, and peace all of which I know could only come through my Heavenly Father. He loves me and each of you. He knows my struggles, my weaknesses, my shortcomings, and yet he still loves me, unconditionally and wholeheartedly. Indeed, he helps me to become better through the Atonement that was provided for each of us and allows us to be cleansed again because of the infinite sacrifice of our Savior. I am so grateful for my knowledge of Christ and for the constant companionship that he provides. He suffered all pains, all temptations, and all trials so that none of us would have to go through them alone. He can empathize with each of us, thus we must simply turn to him, and he will bear our burdens with us. I am grateful for the opportunity I have to partake of the sacrament each week, which allows me to remember my Savior's sacrifice and allows me to repent and refocus. I know that we can communicate with our Father in Heaven through the power of prayer. He listens to each of us and will provide us with the answers, guidance, and comfort we need in His time and His way for He is omniscient and His perspective is eternal while ours is only temporal, thus we must rely on Him. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that he restored this great gospel on the earth. I know that the Book of Mormon is the true word of God and that it works in conjunction with the Bible. I am so grateful to live at a time where both of these works are here, for they have provided me with guidance, direction, and answers. I know this church is true. I know that God lives. And I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Mormonism is a religion which calls you to action constantly, even more so than other faiths. I try my best to emulate Christ-like attributes in all of my doings and callings. As I am still young I have not had many callings in the church yet, but I have served in many class presidencies which are solely devoted to the well being of each individual. I pray for those who are struggling and those who are seemingly doing well for we all have underlying trials. This has allowed me to grow closer to the girls I was serving with and grow closer with my Heavenly Father. This past year at BYU I was the Compassionate Service Coordinator and helped run service projects for our ward. It was a neat experience and I got to see many strong and devoted women who sought only the benefit of others, even those they did not know. They truly lived their faith and emulated Christ's light and example, which we all should strive to do.