What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Madeline Lance

I am a college athlete and soon to be a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been born and raised in Utah. I just finished my freshman year of college. I played volleyball for one of the local colleges here in Utah. We had a very successful season, winning 2016 region championship and fifth place at the national tournament. Lots of hard work and prayer can take you incredible distances. I am a certified referee for soccer and volleyball. My family is extremely important to me and I love spending time with them. I have four younger brothers and one younger sister. They push me to be my best and we have a lot of fun together. I am also preparing to be serving a full-time mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I love being a part of this gospel because of eternal families. I love my family and I want to be with them forever and because of Jesus Christ and our loving Heavenly Father that would not be possible. It gives me such great comfort to know that God has a plan for me and everyone individually. He loves EVERYONE! If we need guidance we can pray and God will give us answers. I don't just have to believe blindly I can know for myself through prayer and the scriptures.

How I live my faith

I try and be like Christ in everything I do. Every day I do small things to live my faith. I have learned that while the big things are important, living your faith starts with the small things. I love to make cookies for my neighbors and say hi to people when I see someone I know. If I see that one of my coworkers is having a bad I listen to them and see if/how I can help. I believe that serving others is a large part of living your faith. If there is a service project around I always try and be there. From helping someone move to helping wonderful organizations like Days For Girls. Recently I was able to volunteer to be a cook at a camp for young women who live near in my area. It was a great experience and a lot of hard work. Growing up playing sports, I had a lot of opportunities to play on Sunday especially when I started playing volleyball. I made a commitment that I would not play on Sundays so that I could keep the Sabbath day holy. One specific time in high school, my volleyball team was playing in a tournament that had Sunday play. I played with my team on the three other days of the tournament but let them know that I would not play on Sunday with them. I was really worried that I was letting my team down and they tried to convince me to play. I decided it was worse to disappoint God than to disappoint my team a little. I ended up getting kicked off my team for not playing that day. Afterwards, someone very close to me told a principle that I have held very dear ever since; Volleyball will only last for a small moment in my life, but my standards (or faith) will last forever. It is not every day that we must make hard decisions so that we may live our faith. But it is important that we do the little things every day so that we can make those decisions when the time comes.