Pointe Shoes and the Atonement

Pointe Shoes and the Atonement

By Maddie/Photo Credit: Robert Maxwell When people hear I am a dancer, more specifically a ballet dancer, they often ask, “Doesn’t it hurt your toes?!” The answer is YES. Pointe shoes definitely hurt. Spending three hours in a rehearsal with your toes squished in a pink satin covered box IS painful. There is no way to make the pain go away completely. Blisters and bunions are bound to happen. But… I was thinking… what if somebody could endure all of that pain for me? What if someone else got the bloody blisters and achy feet,…Read more …
Why Your Love Can’t Wait

Why Your Love Can’t Wait

By Maddie I absolutely love Christmas time. It makes me so happy having so many opportunities to serve my friends and family, and even strangers. Every Christmas my family chooses someone that we think needs some love at Christmas time. Last year, we chose our Great Grandma Jackie. We decided to do the twelve days of Christmas for her, but she lived in Florida so we had to plan ahead, and ship the gifts to her. For each day we tried to pick something meaningful to send to her. Some of the days…Read more …
Families Can Be Together Forever

Families Can Be Together Forever

By Maddie Photo: lds.org "While I am in my early years, I'll prepare most carefully. So I can marry in God's temple for eternity." ("Families Can Be Together Forever," full lyrics and song here.) I recently participated in a hike to Ensign Peak in Salt Lake City with my youth group. After the hike, we walked down to Temple Square. It was a long walk, and very tiring, but I enjoyed spending time with my friends. As we walked around temple square, we passed by many beautiful brides and grooms. I couldn't help but…Read more …
What’s Most Important to You?

What’s Most Important to You?

By Maddie If I asked you to tell me what is most important to you in your life right now, what would you say? Possibly your phone, or maybe sports? Others might say their friends, or their social life. There are various answers, but lately I’ve been pondering that question on my own and I’ve decided that for me, it is my family. Now you might be thinking, “A teenage girl, saying that her family is the most important thing in her life?” I know it might not be the usual answer but…Read more …