Hi I'm Madison!
Hey y'all! I'm a special education teacher in Provo, Utah. I grew up in Texas and moved here to go to college, and decided to stay put for now. I believe that every person on this earth can learn and we can become our best person when we turn to the Lord. Special education has truly helped to strengthen my testimony. It reminds me daily that we all have weaknesses, but some people's weaknesses are just easier to see. As a female young adult, I can find myself having moments where all I see in myself are weaknesses and I don't feel confident at all. Despite these thoughts, I know that I am a daughter of God and that I am of great worth. You can find me planning trips and vacationing all summer, attempting to craft and bake, reading, and hanging out with my nieces and nephews!
I am a Mormon because I know that this restored gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I know that Christ is my Savior and through Him we can live with our Heavenly Father again. I have been able to learn through the Holy Ghost the truth of this gospel and gain my own testimony. When I was little, I saw my siblings get baptized, I saw them and my parents strong testimonies and their sincere efforts in living this gospel. But it was only through my own experiences that I learned the truth for myself. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I personally know that it is the true gospel. I have a testimony of living prophets and why we have them on this earth today. They help to lead and guide us throughout this life on earth, so that we can return to our Heavenly Father's presence again and live as eternal families. I know that I am a stronger person because of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This gospel helps me to keep an eternal perspective, and not sweat the small things (as much). I am a Mormon because Jesus Christ, his prophets, and the scriptures make my life more joyful.
When I was younger, I simply went to church because I knew I should. It was more of a motion I went through, than an action I chose to do. Now that I've grown up some, I've learned to recognize the Holy Ghost and feel the Spirit. Church services help me to have this Spirit of Christ with me at all times. Church meetings help me individually; a few months ago I started taking my journal with me to church and writing down promptings of the Spirit. Church meetings have brought me answers to my prayers and helped me develop my relationship with Christ.
My older brother and I fought a lot when we were younger, but my parents always made sure that we had good experiences doing things together, sometimes just the two of us and even more with then entire family. This helped my brother and I stop fighting as much, become friends and get along. Because we were able to build a friendship we were able to help increase the harmony in our home. We would simply spend time together. Sometimes it wouldn't be very fun, like my family's classic "family work parties" every Saturday. We would get up early and start working, and wouldn't stop until everyone was done. So we would each have a job, then when we finished we would help our siblings. Then we would go get an ice cream cone together as a treat for a job well done. This helped my family be less contentious, work together and build those relationships that have enabled my siblings and I to remain close even though we are spread out across the country.
I live my faith by trying to choose the right everyday. It's as simple as that. If I'm choosing the right, then I'm trying to be like my Savior, Jesus Christ and that's what it's all about. A lot of my family members and friends are serving mission for the church right now and I strive everyday to help be a missionary to those I come into contact with. I've learned that I can be a missionary by simply having the light of Christ with me, by smiling, by being friendly, and by being people's friends. We all need friends, and Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father are the best one's to choose.