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Hi I'm Madison

I'm a college student, I'm a Nebraskan, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've just finished my first year of college, and have loved every second! I'm currently planning on pursuing pediatric occupational therapy, and I am so excited to see what my future holds. I'm the oldest sibling to a brother and sister, and even though things can get crazy, I wouldn't trade it for the world. I'm outgoing, love to make new friends, and never stop laughing. I absolutely love music! I play the piano, guitar, and flute, and did marching band and theater all through high school. For as long as I can remember, I've loved to read and write. And I love being a Mormon!

Why I am a Mormon

This gospel has given me so much joy and hope in my life, and I don't know what I would do without it. I am so close to my family, and one of our doctrines teaches that we can be with our families for all eternity, not just until death. That is so amazing! I've seen the miracles that a knowledge of Christ has brought into my life, and the lives of others, and I am a happier person for it. This church has such a sense of community and family, and it really is a gospel of joy!

How I live my faith

Right now, I'm a teacher at church. I teach a class of women 18 and older, so being the youngest one (and the teacher at that!) can be intimidating, but I've grown to love them all, and my calling so much. In August, I'll be leaving to serve as a full-time missionary for the church! I will go to the Mexico Missionary Training Center, where I'll learn Spanish, and the best ways to share the gospel with others. Then, I'm headed to Salt Lake City, Utah, to teach and serve others in the Spanish language. I am so excited to begin this new adventure of my life, and meet so many new people! And most of all, I'm so thrilled to have the opportunity to share the message of Jesus Christ, and to serve God's children!

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Madison
I've chosen to serve a mission because the gospel has given me so much joy in my life, and if someone else might be seeking for that same joy, I want to help them find it! Think of it like a really good movie, or book. If you love it so much, you want to share it with everyone! Some people may not like it, and that's ok. But some people may get a lot of happiness from it, and if you didn't tell them about it, they may not have ever known! If I can bring the hope and peace that I've gotten from this church into the life of just one other person, then it's all worth it. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Madison
Missions are a strong tradition within the church, but nobody is forced to serve. It's completely a personal choice! It's a privilege to be able to tell others about Jesus Christ, and it is a decision that many Mormons make. Most missionaries are 18 to 19 years old when they leave for their missions, but there are many retired seniors and couples who serve missions as well. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Madison
The Relief Society is an organization of all Mormon women, 18 and older. On Sundays, we get together to learn and help build each other's testimonies. I'm a teacher in the Relief Society, which means I get the amazing opportunity to teach the women of Relief Society a few times a month! We often get together to do service in the church, and in the community. It is a large sisterhood, and a place where we as women can strengthen our faith, help those in need, and create lasting friendships! Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Madison
Anyone is welcome to attend our church meetings! It is a safe place, and a welcoming community. And don't be afraid to ask questions! All together, our church meetings are three hours long. The first hour is our main purpose in going to church...we call this "sacrament meeting". At sacrament meeting, we pray, sing hymns, listen to talks, and take the sacrament (similar to communion). Then during the second hour, we split up into smaller classes. Babies under 3 years old go to Nursery, children go to Primary, and teenagers and adults go to Sunday School. In these classes, we're taught lessons made specifically for our age group. Then for the third hour, the teenagers split up into "Young Women" and "Young Men" classes, and the adults split into "Relief Society" (the women's class) and Priesthood meetings (the men's class). Here we get the opportunity to receive even more personalized lessons! Show more Show less