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Hi I'm Lydia Madsen

I grew up in the small town of Fairview. I love to play in the rain. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to play tennis, and I played on my high school team. I love fishing, hiking, camping, horse-back riding, and pretty much anything outdoors. I have 5 younger siblings, and enjoy spending time with my family. In high school I was a member of the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Band (where I played the clarinet), Choir, and I served as General Sterling Scholar. I absolutely love music, and it has always been a big part of my life. I have finished my freshman year at college. A couple fun facts about me: My favorite color is green. I absolutely love rain, and you can often find me outside jumping in puddles. Oh, and one of my favorite snacks is pickles and peanut butter.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know this gospel is true. Over the course of my life, I have come to know that I have a Father in Heaven who loves me, who loves each of his children. I have also come to know my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that he loves me, that he suffered for my sins, and for the sins of all the world. I know that he died and rose again, that each of us may be able to be forgiven and to live eternally with our Heavenly Father. I came to know the truth of these things through prayer, study, and experience. As you pray sincerely, I know that Heavenly Father will answer your questions. Ask Him if he is there, if he loves you. As you read and study the Book of Mormon, pray and ask Him if it is true, and if Joseph Smith was truly called of God to translate and bring forth this book. If you ask, God will answer. It will be in His own timing, and His own way, but He will answer. I have personally prayed about each one of these things, I still do. Every time I ask, I feel in my heart that these things are true. As I continuously study the scriptures and words of the Prophets (past and present), my testimony burns brighter and brighter. When I come across questions, as each of us do, I pray and search the scriptures, and I come to better understand and to more fully trust in the Lord. When I have gone through trials in my life, I have felt the love of my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Although life may feel hopeless at times and you may feel abandoned, know that you are never alone. I have learned this through some of the hardest times. Through days I just felt like I couldn't go on, and nights where I just cried, I felt a tender love, and I know I was never alone. So why am I a Mormon? Because I have found joy in Christ and the fullness of His everlasting gospel.

How I live my faith

I grew up in an LDS family, so I have been a part of the church my whole life. As a member of the church, I have helped plan weekly activities for the youth in my ward. I have also been able to serve and work alongside many of the people in my ward, whether it be trimming trees, moving furniture, baking cookies, or just visiting with one another. Currently I have chosen and been called to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. As a missionary I will invite others to come unto Christ through serving others, meeting new people, and teaching about the gospel.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Lydia Madsen
We believe that families are central to God's plan. We also believe that families can be together for time and all eternity through being sealed in God's holy temples and staying true to their covenants and the Lord's commandments. In the children's song, "Families Can Be Together Forever" it reads: "I have a family here on earth, they are so good to me. I want to share my life with them through all eternity. Families can be together forever, through Heavenly Father's plan. I always want to be with my own family, and the Lord has shown me how I can. The Lord has shown me how I can." The Lord has provided a way for us to dwell with our families and loved ones forever. Death is not the end. As we follow His plan, we will see our loved ones again. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Lydia Madsen
There are no restrictions on who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or receive the priesthood based upon race or color. We believe that all men are created equal, and each person has a divine heritage as a Child of God, regardless of race, color, age, gender, or background. Everyone who has a desire to believe, to follow God's commandments, and stay true to their covenants is able to become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through baptism by immersion under the proper authority. Every worthy and eligible man can receive the priesthood. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Lydia Madsen
Missionary activities are funded by the missionaries themselves. Missionaries and family members set money aside each month that goes towards a mission fund. While on their missions, missionaries receive a set amount each month from this fund that will cover the monthly costs of living in that certain area. Missionaries who may not be able to fund their own mission are still able to serve, and their mission costs are covered by fellow missionaries from this mission fund. I have been called to serve as a missionary, and I know that having this mission fund allows all worthy and able men and women to be able to set aside their time and dedicate it to serving the Lord and His children as missionaries all around the world. Show more Show less