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Hi I'm Amanda Palmer!

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

About Me

I'm currently a college student, in the field of Elementary Education. I enjoy writing, singing, photography, other various forms of art (drawing, painting, coloring), racquetball, volleyball, horseback riding, being with friends and family, playing games, etc. I love animals, as well! Life has been an exciting journey so far! Certainly it hasn't been easy, and it probably never will be. However, because of the knowledge I have, it is so much simpler for me to maintain confidence and faith in the future.

Why I am a Mormon

I did grow up in the LDS faith, but that's not why I continue in it. Through prayer, and study of this church, as well as the beliefs of others, I have come to know for myself that this is the fullest truth. This is what will help me achieve true joy and happiness. These teachings are what feel familiar to my spirit, and ring true through my soul. I am so grateful for that knowledge.

How I live my faith

I believe that living faithfully is not simply going through the motions of good behavior. For example, church attendance is very important, but it can not mean much when our hearts aren't open to new concepts and ideas that God would have us learn. Going to meetings and activities is beneficial, but how much better is it when we are consciously searching for ways to help and uplift others, and learn new things? Reading the scriptures is essential, but the best part of scripture-study is not in quickly skimming across each word, but in taking them to heart and truly pondering their meaning. Prayer is necessary, but how much more worthwhile is it to pray with sincerity from the heart, rather than just listing common phrases and requests without thought? Faithful living means that not only do your mind and body do the right thing, but your heart as well. It is not simply acting kindly within church walls, and then reverting back to spiritual apathy at home, but involves a sincere effort to be more Christlike in every moment of life. I try to live my life in unity with the things I believe. Because I know that this is not always possible for me as an imperfect person, I have great joy in the knowledge of the Atonement of Christ- in understanding that by Grace, after having done my personal best, I can still be reunited with my Father in Heaven and become the person I long to be.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Amanda Palmer!
Those who serve in LDS callings, whatever calling it may be, are encouraged to do so with a happy heart. I know that I personally serve because of gratitude to my Heavenly Father, and a desire to share with others the blessings I have been given. Being paid would certainly be an incentive, but an impure one. Although those who spend mass amounts of time serving in the church certainly do deserve to be financially stable, it is not directly through church service that they should receive that blessing. The Lord provides for those who serve Him. He "pays" them with blessings and gifts indescribable. I know that I don't want my leaders (religious or otherwise) to do what they do just because they want money. The pure in heart are the people who need to be in callings of leadership. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Amanda Palmer!
Because the church has over 14 million members, we meet in smaller clusters each Sunday. A ward or branch is a designated group of people (usually decided by location) who attend church and have activities together. Each ward or branch has a Bishop or President who presides over them, having authority given from God to lead them. A stake is a collection of wards and/or branches, with a Stake President presiding over each of the wards and branches therein. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Amanda Palmer!
I think being aware and spreading awareness of its vastly-damaging and addictive effects is key. Show more Show less

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Amanda Palmer!
I've heard it said in complaint that God, if truly the loving Being that He is professed to be, would never separate two people in love just because they didn't "go to some building and make some promise". However, I have gained my own testimony that God, instead of stopping us from eternal togetherness, was the One who created a way for us to have it at all. Without Him, there would be no way available for families to stay sealed to one another beyond the veil. We are blessed to have this ordinance made available to us through Him who loves us so very much. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Amanda Palmer!
Church dress: It is asked that we dress appropriately when attending church whenever possible. Women are asked to wear skirts or dresses, men are asked to wear nice pants and shirts. People should be clean and well put-together when entering the church on Sunday. We dress this way to show respect to the Lord when worshiping in His house. However, it isn't always possible for everyone to wear appropriate attire to church. When no other option is given, I think it is better to come to church, even with nothing appropriate to wear. The Lord knows your heart, and He blesses His children who desire to learn of His word. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Amanda Palmer!
I think people trust less in their hearts these days than perhaps they should, and more in their minds; what they can physically see, touch, hear, taste, or smell. Although I can not see God, or touch the hands of my Savior, hear choirs of angels, or physically taste of the waters of life, I believe that it is still possible to know of it. Who are we to say that there is no higher existence? Being incapable of fully comprehending something is not an excuse to deny its existence. A beetle, for example, would be overloaded if it were suddenly given the mind of a human being. Its little body and limited senses could never allow it to understand what it's like to be a person. We also can't fully fathom a purely omniscient Being. But our hearts can see where our eyes cannot, and in mine I know of the Lord. Show more Show less