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Hi I'm Amanda

I am a wife and a mother of four. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up with good parents who taught me the gospel from infancy and gave me a good example to follow. I am the oldest of six girls and despite our younger years of fighting and arguing, have become the best of friends. Ten years ago I married the man that I am still deeply in love with today. We have had four amazing children who keep us on our toes, (and fight like my sisters and I did), and we feel very blessed in all we have been given. I enjoy being outdoors walking, biking, hiking or being at the park with my kids. When I can find spare moments for myself I love to read, sew and knit. And after wanting to play the piano for years, I am finally taking lessons alongside my oldest daughter.

Why I am a Mormon

As mentioned earlier, my parents taught me the gospel from a young age. I attended church each week and tried to do all the things I knew I should. I felt good when I made right choices and though I often thought church was boring, I felt the spirit without realizing what it was. When I was five years old, my mom sat down with me and we began reading the Book of Mormon. We only read one column each night and sometimes we would get off track, but we always came back to it. After three years, we finished the book. My teachers and parents always told me that the Book of Mormon should be read over and over and over your whole life as there are always new things to learn from it. But as a thirteen-year-old, I knew better. It had taken me three years to read the Book of Mormon the first time and I was sure I didn't miss a thing. I didn't need to read it again, besides that would take too long. Fortunately I enrolled in Seminary (a religion class) in high school. Part of our grade was determined by our personal study of the book on our own at home. We were given a chart to track our progress and I surely didn't want to miss out on any points. This was the beginning of my own daily personal scripture study. I was not perfect, but I did read most days. This time it only took me a year to finish it in it's entirety. And this time, I took Moroni's challenge to "ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true" (Moroni 10:4). After praying about the book, I felt a calm, peaceful certainty that these things were true. After I received this confirmation, it only increased my desire to read more. I continue to read the scriptures every day and as I look back, I can see that my testimony has grown in small steps. It is still growing and at the end of my life, looking back at the culmination of all those small steps, I hope to see that I have climbed a mountain. I know the Savior lives. He condescended to come to earth to fulfill the mission his Father sent him to do. He has wrought about the great atonement and has shown each of us the way to return to our Father-in-Heaven. His way is easy and his burden is light. True fulfillment in this life and happiness in the life to come are achieved only by heeding his words, "Come follow me." I know the gospel has been restored in these latter-days to the prophet Joseph Smith. Through revelation he has translated the Book of Mormon which is the word of God and is the keystone of our religion. "It is the book that will get a person nearer to God by abiding by its precepts than any other book." (President Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign May 1986).

How I live my faith

As well as attending church each week, I have been called to work with the wolf scouts in our area. This call came as a surprise to me because I have no sons in scouts (my only son was just six months old) and I had no brothers growing up. The scouting organization was as foreign to me as the 8-year old boys were themselves. The only time I had been near boys this age was when I was eight years old. The most I could remember was that they could burp the ABC's. Despite the surprise I felt, I knew that this was where the Lord wanted me to be. I knew that he would guide me and help me as I prayed and studied and exercised my faith in Him. He did not let me down. I have grown to love each boy in my den and I have learned a lot about myself.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

In February 1833 the Prophet Joseph Smith received the revelation we call the “Word of Wisdom” (D&C section 89). It is a “principle with a promise” as Joseph Smith describes it. In this revelation, latter-day saints are commanded to avoid strong drink, tobacco, and hot drinks. We are also to use the herbs of the field and fruit with thanksgiving. Meat is to be used sparingly. In the end of the revelation, the Lord says, “all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones. And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures. And shall run and not be weary and shall walk and not faint.” I am thankful for this commandment. I have lived it all my life and have seen many blessings come from my obedience. The blessings we are promised by the Lord for our obedience are far greater than the sacrifice of tobacco, coffee and alcohol. Show more Show less