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Hi I'm Amanda

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi. I'm a sophomore in college, studying English to become a high school English teacher. I love art, language, music, and friendship, and I hope to someday become a writer. A self proclaimed nerd, I like to spend my free time knitting, reading, and cooking dinner for my room mate. I love the wild outdoors as much as the hustle and bustle of the big city. Most of all, I love spending time with friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because I have felt God's love touch my heart. While my parents are Mormons, and I was raised in the church, my own personal conversion didn't happen until high school when I struggled with loneliness and fear for the future. I felt disconnected from life, and I longed to feel loved. I searched for intellectual answers to life's big questions, like why we feel pain, and why good people have to struggle. Inevitably, all my school teachers could give me were expressions of my same feelings, but not answers. In desperation I turned to prayer. I asked God to help me understand life's purpose and to help me feel connected with others and happy again. I cried. A part of me felt silly for trying to pray and get answers from someone I had never seen before, but in my heart I knew that only God could help me find what I had sought without success in the world of facts and academics. I felt God confirm to me his love for me personally. Having ended my prayers I felt comforted, and a calm peace entered my heart. Since then I have sought to be lead by the Lord's spirit and to accept God's will for me. I love God, and I know that he is my Heavenly Father. I know that if I can exercise faith in Him and in Christ, I will not be lead astray. I am thankful for God's plan, and for eternal families and the safety and blessings that come from keeping the commandments.

How I live my faith

I pray and read my scriptures daily. Recently I accepted an assignment to lead the music in my student ward, and though it has been a challenge, considering that I have never lead music before, I have learned to love music even more serving as the chorister.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Amanda
I am a big fan of food storage. As a college student it was at first hard for me to legitimize getting together some food and supplies in case of an emergency, especially since I live in a small apartment and I don't have very much money. However, I decided that if an emergency were to happen, I would like having a safety net to fall back on rather than going hungry. After working towards a goal of having one week of food and water storage for myself for one week, I realized that when we are prepared, our fears and worries are lessened and we can live life less burdened by basic concerns. I think the church emphasizes self-reliance because when we are secure ourselves, we can better help others reach that same feeling of security. Also, when disaster strikes, our Heavenly Father wants us to be prepared, because he loves us and knows that through preparation, we will grow inside and out, and be able to face hard times with courage, knowing that we did everything we could to be ready for the future. Show more Show less