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Hi I'm Aimee

I'm a college student. I currently perform research for a worldwide database on women's issues. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have many a passion in life. I love woodcarving, outdoor adventures, world traveling, singing and dancing, theater, audio books, and enjoy spending time with my parents and six siblings. I am finishing up my BA in Political Science and am looking forward to an internship experience soon. During my college career I've had some amazing opportunities, including attending a study abroad program in Jerusalem for a semester. I currently work as a research assistant on the WomanStats Project Database, the largest internet database on the status of women worldwide.

Why I am a Mormon

I cannot recall exactly at when I gained a testimony of God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. But I vaguely remember realizing, at a fairly young age in life possibly between age 7 and 10, that my parents did NOT know everything. I realized they did not have all the answers to my questions, and that they were not perfect. And if they were not perfect, then how was I to know that what they taught me was correct? At that point I decided to test what they had taught me so far in life, to see if it was true. I had become cognizant of their teachings about God, our Heavenly Father this being their most basic teaching, and I had been taught that I was his child and that he would communicate with me by means of the Holy Ghost. I put this information to the test as I set my mind to think about God at least once every day, and made a sincere effort to genuinely talk with him. I asked him to let me know if he was really there. This opened a pathway to my heart, and such was my faith at that time in my life that I began to receive answers to my prayers in a variety of ways. I started noticing acts of the Lord daily in my life. Oddly enough, I cannot recall any particular occurrence—I was too young to record anything coherent in my journal. But there were many instances that, through my faith, the Lord proved to me who he was through his Spirit. The instances were so small that, to the untrained heart, they might have seemed insignificant. But they meant the world to me, for they were my own, personal evidence of the Lord and his Spirit. I was encouraged as a child to discover the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon for myself. I figured that if the Bible and the Book of Mormon were supposedly created for God's children, then there must be something written in them just for me. I remember studying them around age twelve or so in order to obtain my own testimony of their truthfulness. I remember not only feeling good when reading them, but also being able to seek out answers to problems in my own life. I learned to apply the teachings of the scriptures and the words of the modern-day prophets to my life and found that they were true. Thus my exercised faith became evidence to me of the power of the Word. Because of past evidence in my life, whenever I am feeling like all the world is fighting against me and I feel somewhat uncertain of God’s love and care for me, I turn to the scriptures for solace. I take the Lord up on his promises that he hears and knows me, and that he ordered the scriptures to be written especially for me. I can honestly say that, without fail, each time I turn to the Lord through the Book of Mormon and the Bible, I find therein the comfort and assurance that I need in the very moment that I need it the most. Such action builds upon the foundation of past evidence and increases my faith. I expect the scriptures to be my personal compass throughout the rest of my life. I am assured divine assistance for the future, which is especially comforting when I consider the impending trials of parenthood and life in general. Sometimes I begin to fret about how I am expected to raise a happy and righteous family in a changing world. I worry because parenthood does not come with a training manual, and then I recall that parenthood DOES come with a training manual—a powerful and divinely inspired manual. Through past evidences and my actions in the present, I have an assurance for the future regarding my own faith in the power of the Word. I am a Mormon because I believe the Book of Mormon is the word of God. It truly testifies of the love of our savior, Jesus Christ, and teaches us about him.

How I live my faith

I had the marvelous opportunity of serving as a missionary for my church in the Peru Lima North Mission from 2004 to 2006, and loved every moment even the more difficult ones--like learning Spanish!. I currently work on a lot of different service projects through my youth group like working with shelters and hospitals, providing school and other supplies to disadvantaged children, organizing humanitarian aid projects, and renovating public recreation areas. I also get to prepare hour long lessons each Sunday for a Sunday school class made up of my peers. I also get to visit with certain ward members to make sure they're doing alright and help them when they're having a difficult time.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

I am a Mormon woman, and I believe in the complete equality of men and women. God loves his daughters just as much as his sons, and this is what the Church teaches. God wants his daughters to have the same privileges and opportunities as his sons, and he wants them to feel and know that they are loved. Equality does not mean "sameness"--people can be equal even if they're different. It is the same with gender equality: men and women are inherently different, and that's okay--because they're equal. They were created equally before coming into this world, even. They have strengths and weaknesses that compliment each other, reminding us all how much we need to rely on each other to be complete ourselves. We were meant to help each other through this life. Unfortunately, social norms often put women in an inferior position to men, and women have suffered greatly because of this, which is the cause of great sorrow to our Heavenly Father. However, the doctrine of the Church is clear: women and men are equal, and are to be treated as such. Show more Show less