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Hi I'm Amber

I am married to a Navy Sailor, and we homeschool our 5 children. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a large family that moved a lot, first from being in the Air Force, and then just from habit, I suppose. I got a BA in English from BYU, where I met my husband. Since then, we've joined the Navy and had five wonderful children. Today, we homeschool them. As I homeschool them, I continue to work on my own education, setting an example of study and growth for them. We are part of a homeschooling group, where we teach each other and become great friends. I enjoy crocheting, and we have two cats, and we enjoy camping together. I also like discussing politics.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a long line of Mormons. Every branch on my family tree have been Mormons since mormonism existed. Emotionally and intellectually, the gospel makes sense to me. Once I did a mental experiment. I thought seriously and asked myself, what if it isn't true? What if it is all a lie? Immediately I felt a deep, despairing darkness, alien to anything I have felt before. When the experiment was over, I knew that the despair I felt was Satan's influence. Since then, I knew that the gospel had to be real. Before that moment, I never felt anything unusual in the realm of the spirit. People would ask if I had felt the spirit, and I thought I never did. I continued on intellectually, having faith that just because I couldn't feel it, it didn't mean it wasn't real, just as being blind doesn't negate the reality of light. Yet since my experiment with darkness, I realized that it wasn't that I never felt the Holy Ghost, but rather that He was such a constant companion that his companionship was normal, like constantly being in light and never seeing darkness. Since then, every time I do not feel "normal," my first suspicion is that I don't have the Holy Ghost with me, and I check myself to see what I am must do to regain his companionship. My testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ unites both my heart and my mind. I figure things out, and my heart and my mind are in agreement. When they are not in agreement, I realize that the disunity is due to either lack of knowledge or lack of harmony with God's will. I know God loves us. He loves all of His children. When I see the troubles of today, and I compare those troubles with what I find in the gospel, I can't help but think, we have the answer to these problems. If more people lived more of Christ's revealed teachings, the troubles both great and small would vanish away. We need scriptures and prayer, and we need prophets and the priesthood.

How I live my faith

I teach the CTR 5 class, where I teach the gospel to 5- to 6-year-old children in our ward/congregation. I also visit-teach three women in our congregation, whom I check on regularly and serve. My family studies the scriptures daily and pray together daily, and every day I pray to teach them truth and a love for God. I strive to improve myself as a person, and I study the gospel. I try to teach my children and my students the way the Savior would teach them, with love, understanding, simplicity and truth. I also share faithful memes on Facebook (bwa ha ha!).