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Hi I'm Amy Amelia

I grew up in Indiana. I have one working lung. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy exercising, cooking, sewing, swimming, being with my family and reading. I have 4 children. I have a bachelor's degree in Print Journalism. I've had an asthma illness most of my life. It's used to really slow me down but I feel better when I exercise and am now preparing for a 5k. I've never thought I could be a runner until now. Little by little, I can go longer and it feels great to be able to do something I never thought I could.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ feels good. I love the idea that there is a living prophet on the earth today. The Bible is the word of God and is full of stories that really help me face my problems. The Book of Mormon reads just like the Bible. Anyone who picks it up and reads it with an open mind feels the truth of it. It's purpose is to bring the reader to her Savior. I know it is true.

How I live my faith

In my local congregation, I've been asked to teach children who are ages 3 to 11. I teach them a lesson once a month. They learn and memorize songs that remind them of their Heavenly Father's love for them. Our theme this year is: I know the Scriptures are true. The children are practicing reading out of the Bible or the Book of Mormon every single day, even if it is just one verse. In addition to sharpening their reading skills, they also learn about other children who made right choices and learned to follow the Savior.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Amy Amelia
We worship Heavenly Father and the risen Lord, Jesus Christ. We do not worship Joseph Smith. However, we do acknowledge him, reverence him, and proclaim him as an instrument in the hands of Heavenly Father in restoring to the earth the ancient truths of the divine Gospel. This restoration included the Priesthood, which is the authority of God that is exercised in the affairs of His church and which also blesses the lives of its people. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Amy Amelia
The Book of Mormon is a record of people who lived on the American Continent from the years 600 B.C/ to about 400 A.D. It is another testament of Jesus Christ. It is a collection of writings of prophets, deriving its name from one of them: Mormon. Perhaps the highlight of the book is the account of Jesus Christ visiting the people after his resurrection. He preached His Gospel, healed the sick and invited them to obey the Commandments. Those who read the Book of Mormon can know of its truthfulness. Near the end of the Book, a prophet named Moroni promises all who read and pray about the book will come to know that it is true. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Amy Amelia
The Book of Mormon is a volume of scripture, comparable to the Bible. Mormon was a man who lived on the American continent and who abridged and took care of the Book of Mormon record. The book is a record of a people who lived on the American continent. The Book of Mormon includes an account of the Savior visiting the people on the western continent after His resurrection. The book is another testament of Jesus Christ. The Bible and the Book of Mormon work together to present Christ's doctrine in its complete form. Since Heavenly Father loves each and every one of us, the reader of the Book of Mormon can turn to Him in prayer to learn of its truthfulness. The last chapter of the Book of Mormon asks those who read it to sincerely pray about it and through the influence of the Holy Ghost, they can know that it is true. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Amy Amelia
The current Prophet and President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Thomas S. Monson. Just as Peter was assisted by James and John, so President Monson also has assistants. They are: Henry B. Eyring and Dieter F. Uctdorf. Togther, they are known as the First Presidency. A group of other assistants give further help to President Monson. Their group is known as the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Members of our church honor all of these men as apostles and prophets. These Twelve Apostles are: Boyd K. Packer, L. Tom Perry, Russell M. Nelson, Dallin H. Oaks, M. Russell Ballard, Richard G. Scott, Robert D. Hales, Jeffrey R. Holland, David A. Bednar, Quentin L. Cook, D. Todd Christofferson, and Neil L. Anderson. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Amy Amelia
Both husbands and wives are a necessary part of any childs life. Families are most successful when husbands and wives love and care for each other and make their children a high priority in their life. While individual circumstances may necessitate adaptation, children benefit greatly when they are nurtured lovingly by their mother and protected and provided for by their father. "Children are an heritage of the Lord" (Psalms 127:3). When both mother and father devote their best efforts to keeping their children emotionally, physically and spiritually safe, all of society benefits. It's difficult raising children. It's arguably the hardest job in the world. But when husband and wife work together, they learn to love and serve one another and to keep the commandments of the Lord. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Amy Amelia
As you learn more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, you may feel feelings of peace, comfort and happiness. These feelings are from the Holy Ghost. Some people say that the teachings are familiar to them, like coming home. You are feeling the influence of the Holy Ghost telling you the teachings are true. If you want to learn more about Christ's teachings and keep His commandments, you are encouraged to participate in a series of discussions that teach the basic principles of the Gospel. When you feel ready, you can become a member of the church by receiving the ordinance of baptism, by immersion, by one holding the authority who then lays his hands on your head and confirms you a member of the church and then pronounces a blessing upon you that you may receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (See Acts 8:18-20) Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Amy Amelia
Death is not the end. Death is really a beginning—another step forward in Heavenly Father’s plan for His children. Someday, like everyone else, your physical body will die. But your spirit does not die, it goes to the spirit world, where you will continue to learn and progress and may be with loved ones who have passed on. Death is a necessary step in your progression, just as your birth was. Sometime after your death, your spirit and your body will be reunited—never to be separated again. This is called resurrection, and it was made possible by the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ (see 1 Corinthians 15:20-22). Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Amy Amelia
A testimony is a spiritual witness given to an personl by the Holy Ghost. The foundation of a Mormon’s testimony is the knowledge that Heavenly Father lives and loves us; that Jesus Christ lives, that He is the Son of God, and that He accomplished the infinite Atonement; that Joseph Smith is a prophet, which God called to restore Jesus Christ’s church to the earth; that we are led today by a living prophet; and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Savior’s Church restored on the earth today. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Amy Amelia
Much of what is done in the Church is to bless and help non-Mormons. The Mormon Church has donated more than $1 billion in cash and material assistance to 167 different countries in need of humanitarian aid since it started keeping track in 1985. Many of these countries have few to no Mormons, but are also non-Christian. More than 53,000 Mormon missionaries serve through the world today. All of their service is to help those who are not Mormon. Joseph Smith himself taught that we are "to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to provide for the widow, to dry up the tear of the orphan, to comfort the afflicted, whether in this church, or in any other, or in no church at all." Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Amy Amelia
The purpose of the welfare services of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is to care for and help the poor and needy. Individuals who receive help are encouraged to work, if they are able, so that they can help others. Work is a blessing in our lives, so it is a central part of the Church's welfare program. Show more Show less