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Hi I'm Maddy

I was home schooled through high school. I write all the time. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I never felt like a kid while I was growing up. Being raised by a single mom after my dad died of cancer quickly tore down any illusions I might have had about life being painless and carefree. At an early age I already knew that the only thing I wanted was to write. Now, at nineteen, I have successfully attended one year of university with a major in English. On the side, I love studying languages and culture; traveling and meeting people has always thrilled me. For fun, well, I thrive on life's simple pleasures. They keep me happy and entertained. But otherwise, I am no stranger to gaming, and out of all that I do for fun, my favorite activity is playing piano. Despite being laid back, I work hard to be a good example to my younger brother; and when my mom needs it, I do my best to be the responsible adult she has always treated me as. For now I get by eating chocolate and pop tarts - working and saving money so I can buy more chocolate and pop tarts to live on until I graduate from the university. Life is not always easy, but I'm a happy person.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents were members of the LDS church when I was born. I never needed any proof that this gospel is true. The knowledge and the faith was always simply one of those inborn instincts. I grew up attending this church, and the more I read the scriptures, and the more I learned the deeper my testimony grew. Even without any doubts, I have still taken the time to kneel down and pray with faith and ask whether any of this is right, I have felt the power of God in my life assuring me that what this gospel teaches is true. While I was at university, I met someone who asked me why I was a member in this church. What I told him is the simplest truth I have ever known: because I know that what I am doing is right, and it makes me happy.

How I live my faith

When I was attending university I had the opportunity to play piano for the women's meeting in my area. It was amazing to hear dozens and dozens of young adult women my age singing songs of praise and gratitude to God while I carried the melody with the piano. I loved the spirit of peace that rested in my heart long after I went home from church. It always calmed and fueled me for another week of classes and homework. Currently, living at home for the summer, I do not hold a calling in my ward. I have found this to be a helpful thing rather than a hindrance. I have been able to substitute teach four year olds several times, and although I have not been asked to look after specific people in my ward, I have been able to visit many of the widows in town. I love to take them my mom's home-baked bread, and sit with them while they talk their loneliness out. What I do, and what I have done, is purely service. I love it.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

I know that husbands and wives have the opportunity to be together in heaven. Men and women who live according to the commandments of God are able to go to the temple, which is a house of God, to be sealed together for eternity. The sealing is done by those people with the authority to act in God's name (we call that the priesthood). Married couples who are sealed in the temple will be able to be together as long as they strive to keep the covenants they make with God. Children not born into a sealed marriage can be sealed to their parents after the husband and wife are sealed. Show more Show less