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Hi I'm Madeline

I grew up in Wisconsin. I'm a convert. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a sophomore at BYU-Idaho, where I am studying public health. In my free time I love teaching dance at a local dance studio, spending time with my brother and sisters, and learning about the Gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I was the typical college student, sorority sister by day, waitress by night. But my life lacked direction, it lacked purpose. I felt stuck, the only thing was I couldn't figure out what was holding me back from what I wanted to accomplish. A class that I would be taking in the approaching Fall semester would require us to study world religions, non-western religions, and religious subcultures. I knew that I would need to write a hefty paper that was worth about a quarter of my grade. I pondered for a brief moment trying to come up with the craziest religion that I could write about; When it suddenly came to me, Mormons, duh?! They’re obviously crazy. I'd seen the musical, and I had even had Mormon friends in high school, so I knew that those people were crazy with a capital C. In June 2017. I met two women who would change my life forever. They gave me a Book of Mormon and asked me to read it, yeah whatever. I'll read it, I’ll pray about it, I'll pull it apart I'll find all the plot holes and I'll prove to myself that there is no way that this is the word of God. That is honestly what I thought would happen. It turns out, the joke's on me. I waited for the crazy part to start happening, I waited for it to prove to not be the word of God, but the farther I read, the more I realized it was true. I felt like I was hearing it again. I prayed to know it was true, and it was undeniably so. This was not according to plan. And not only that, but it was super inconvenient to the way that I was living. If the Book of Mormon was true, that meant that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that the Lord's church had been restored to him. It meant I was going to have to change everything about the way that I was living my life. There was something that I couldn't shake about it though. I couldn't deny that this was the word of God. I couldn't deny the feeling of happiness, peace, and fulfillment it gave me while reading it. So instead of running away, I dove in head-first.

How I live my faith

I find the best way to live my faith is by staying super active in church activities and by attending the temple. The nearest temple is about 3-4 hours away, but my friends and I try to go every other weekend. I am also preparing to serve a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.