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Hi I'm Madison

I'm a wife to a dental school student, I'm a musical and theatre lover, I'm a new Pittsburgher, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

My name is Madison and I am 25 years old. My heritage is very mixed comprising of European, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Jamaican, African, and Native American ancestry. I am very proud to be such a mix! I served a mission in Palmyra, NY where my testimony in the restoration and in the Gospel of Jesus Christ grew tremendously. My husband and I just moved to Pittsburgh for Dental School and I am so excited for this new chapter in our life. We have been married for over a year and our life has been such a great adventure. With all the twists and turns we have had in our year of marriage, we have grown so close together and to God. Right now I work full time but soon I will be going back to school full time to finish my bachelors degree in Advertising/Public Relations. It will be a fun time but also a stretching experience for my husband and I to be full time students together, but we know that with God it will work out. I love to sing and I and a theatre enthusiast. One of my goals is to produce ads for a theatre company or a zoo/animal park. I can't wait to start my own family one day soon and feel so blessed to have and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the LDS church but like others, I still had to figure out for myself if the Gospel of Jesus Christ was true. The day I simply began to realize the church is true was one day in 6th grade when we were studying about ancient Egypt and Babylon. It just all clicked when I realized the stories I read in the scriptures actually happened. Those people lived, breathed, ate, walked, talked, and had trials just like me. It was a simple conversion but I, like others, had to continually work at staying converted. After I graduate high school, I made decisions that I knew weren't the best and made mistakes. I stopped going to church, I kept making the same mistakes, and it was just this unhappy cycle. After about a 2 year period, I had a decision to make; to either continue on the path I was on unhappy or to change my route and again follow the Savior. Trying to again follow the Savior wasn't always the easiest, but it was worth it. The thought then came into my mind to serve a mission and 5 months later, I was a missionary serving and teaching the people on Western New York and growing and strengthening my testimony as well. I know I can never go back to who I once was. The blessings of being a member of the church, what it teaches that you can't find anywhere else, and the feelings and life I have are irreplaceable. I know that every point of doctrine taught in the Mormon faith is of God. The gospel makes sense! It meshes with everything good in this life. It has helped make my life full of peace and happiness no matter what storms or trials I face.

How I live my faith

I pray every day to be a light and an example to others; that they will see a difference in me, become curious, and ask questions. I live my faith by keeping the promises I've made with God, avoiding unwanted situations, dressing modestly, living a clean lifestyle, loving and supporting my husband, and just trying to be the best version off myself and to live as the Savior would have me live. By living my faith, I know Christ's light can shine from within me and I can have great sharing opportunities with friends which is one of my favorite things to do.

Who was Joseph Smith?

Madison
Joseph Smith was a simple farm boy from Western New York. He was taught by his family to read the Bible, to pray, and have faith in God. When he was 14, he had the question out of all the churches that had arose, which of them were right and which he should join. He came across a scripture in the Bible James 1:5 which reads, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." When he read those words, he knew that if he prayed in faith, God would answer his prayer. In response to his prayer, Joseph was visited by God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ who told him to join none of the churches. Later on in Joseph's life, other heavenly messengers appeared to Joseph and told him of an ancient record that he was to translate through the power of God which later came to be known as The Book of Mormon. God called Joseph to be a prophet and restore, or bring back, Christ's original church on the earth so that we can have the same priesthood authority, doctrine and blessings that Jesus Christ taught and had established. Show more Show less