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She’s in Ecuador!!

HOLA HOLA HOLA! Estoy en Ecuador ahorita. mannnnn. I got a three hour nap ISH on the plane. it was super hard to get good rest. But if you don’t count that, I have been awake for well over 24 hours soooo it is SUPER hard to keep my eyes open. The flights were good. The planes are ten times better than any plane I have ever been on. they have everything. And they are so much more comfortable and the food is great. Buuuut I did get suuuper sick like I thought I was going to throw up on the flight into Quito. Buuuuuut I am feeling a little better now. I can feel the difference in altitude and I am definitely a little sick from it but it is so great being here. It is so beautiful and so nice. I went straight from the airport to this chapel. We are here learning health stuff and then we are going to go to the President’s house for dinner soonish. We learn more about the area and rules and stuff tomorrow and then Thursday I find out where my area is and who my companion is!! I am BEYOND excited. I wont be able to email again until Monday though. Love you all got to go. BYE! 🙂
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My Testimony

These are my beliefs.

Being Mormon makes me happy. The doctrine this church teaches brings me true happiness. I have never felt any happiness quite like this. Without belonging to this church, I wouldn’t be the cheerful person I am. Every principle this church has is designed to make us happy, and is inspired of God. All things joyful are inspired of God.

       I believe that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ.  It was written by prophets who were chosen and inspired of God to write down His wise words. This book is an amazing history of the people on the American continent, but it is also scripture just like the Bible. This is because the Bible is the word of God given to prophets in the old world. The Book of Mormon is the word of God given to prophets on the American continent. I can sincerely say that reading this book has changed the way I look at life and my fellowman. It confirms to me that God loves everyone all over the world equally. I believe in the Bible as well.

      I know that Jesus Christ atoned for my sins, as well as everyone else’s so that we may have eternal life like Him. He felt all the pain and anguish everyone has ever felt, and is ever ready to listen to our prayers. I know that He has unconditional love for every single person that has ever existed. I know I can go to the Lord in prayer and ask for comfort if I need it. I know I can talk to him and tell him everything that’s concerning me, and find solace. I love the Lord. Without Him, I would have no salvation.

      I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet called of God, that he restored the gospel to this Earth and translated the Book of Mormon with the power of God. I know that if the Lord is the same “yesterday, today, and forever” that he would never leave us without a prophet. He wouldn’t give a group of people in one part of the history of the world a prophet of God to help them, and then leave the rest of humanity in darkness with no revelation. I know that prophets receive revelation from God. I know that the priesthood is power that comes from God and was restored to this Earth. Not renewed. Restored.

     I believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. I believe that they are “One” in purpose, but not literally one being. Matthew 3:13-17 shows to me that if Jesus Christ is being baptized, God is speaking from the Heavens above, and the Holy Ghost “descends as a dove” then there is no way that they could all be the same person.  I know that the Holy Ghost is with me to help me choose the right. I also know the Holy Ghost is also here to comfort me, and touch me spiritually.

     I know that everyone is a child of God. We are His children. He loves each and every one of us.  I know that God is our Father and that He created us.

     I know that literally every single thing that happens in life has a reason behind it. Everything has a purpose, and God doesn’t make mistakes.

     I know that everyone has a chance before God. Even after this life. I don’t believe in a “heaven and hell”. I believe that when we die, our body stays on this Earth and our spirit goes to a place called “paradise”. I believe that everyone has the chance to hear about God’s gospel there. People are taught and converted as they please. They have the choice to deny the gospel, and the choice to accept it. Heavenly Father has given us free agency, so of course we have the choice. If someone has never heard of the gospel of God on Earth, it doesn’t make sense that they would go to hell for “not accepting Jesus into their life”. They get a chance too in Heaven, or paradise, after they die. I believe that Heavenly Father judges us and He is the One who places us in the degrees of glory (Heaven) or outer darkness (Hell).

     I strongly believe that everyone deserves to hear this gospel and what it is all about. This gospel is a gospel of happiness. It is built as a support group. It is built for people to love one another, and to serve each other as the Lord wants us to. To love and worship and thank our gracious Heavenly Father. To admire the beauty He has surrounded us with on this Earth. To find a purpose to our lives, and better ourselves. To live a happy life.

I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our loving Saviour, amen.

    If there is anything that didn’t make sense, you can click on the link on the right side of each page that says “what do mormons really believe?” which will take you to mormon.org. This website is run by my church and can answer frequently asked questions, and/or any other question that may come to mind. If you have a desire to learn more about this church, you can also click on any of the links that spark your interest which are on the right side of each page in alignment with “what do mormons really believe?”.

 Moroni Chapter 10:

 3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.

 4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.

 5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.

 6 And whatsoever thing is good is just and true; wherefore, nothing that is good denieth the Christ, but acknowledgeth that he is.

An LDS Mission

For those of you who don’t know, the purpose of an lds mission is to, “invite others to come unto Christ and provide service for others”. What I do is teach people about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Christ’s doctrine. I also serve people if there is an opportunity available or if someone tells me that they need help with something.

We don’t get paid. Missionaries actually pay monthly to serve a mission. A mission is seen as an opportunity, not a job.

If we don’t have a person to visit already, we may go door to door or contact someone on the street to explain a principle or teaching of His gospel. We also may have the opportunity to chat with people on mormon.org or over the phone if they have any questions about the LDS (Latter-day Saints) church. We set up appointments to teach people who are interested in learning about this gospel.

Girls serve for 18 months starting at age 19, and guys serve for 24 months starting at the age of 18.

We are always together with a companion. We are never alone.

One day out of the week we prepare for the rest of the week by doing our laundry, shopping, writing our families by email…and if we get permission we can even go sight see or play sports!

If you have any other questions about an LDS mission, you can go on mormon.org and find out or ask an actual Mormon missionary. 🙂

This is Me!

My name is Madison Amy Dunne and I am happy. :}

I grew up in beautiful Eugene, Oregon…

With two loving parents, and two obnoxiously fun sisters…

As well as lots of great friends and family.

I then went off to college at BYU-Idaho for a year and survived the negative 20 degree weather.

It went from this in September…

…to this by late October.

I also met some really amazing people! Here are some pictures of only a few of them…

Elder Christopher Esteves

My roommate Miss Talia Hansen

Elder Connor Schroeder, Elder Wesley Anderson, Elder Chris Esteves, Elder Peter Gregory, and Elder Orion Biberston

Elder Troy Prigmore and Elder Ryan Payne

Elder Kyle Schroeder, and…

Elder Wesley Anderson!

As you might have noticed…almost all of these people have the title “Elder” in front of their names because, well, they’re all on missions! And guess what?! I have exciting news…

I am serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 18 months in the Ecuador Quito North mission speaking Spanish. (Hopefully you knew this coming onto my blog in the first place…ha ha) If you draw a horizontal line across Ecuador right at Quito– what’s north of that is my mission from the coast to the mountains. I’m unsure what towns or cities I will be living in until I get there.

This is the most pivotal decision of my life, and I expect to grow a lot from this experience. I know this is something I will look back on the rest of my life, and I know this is something I need to do. I have prayed a lot about this decision to serve a mission, and although it may be very difficult at times, it will also be incredibly rewarding.

The first six weeks of my mission, I will be in Mexico getting trained in the Missionary Training Center; Learning how to teach, and learning the language. After October 8th I will head off to Ecuador. You can ask my parents for my new address once that happens.

After I serve a mission, I hope to get my dream job working for National Geographic and travel the world taking pictures. Enjoy life everyone, and treat everyone as you want to be treated!!

Love, Madi