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Hi I'm amber

i'm the frontman of a rock band. i spent 9 years doing ferret rescue. i'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up with a love of music, but didn't get a chance to do anything with that until recently. I'd been deaf as a young child, and then unable to afford music lessons. Plus, we moved a lot. I was pretty sure I'd never be able to have a band and make music like I'd always wanted. So I got a degree in philosophy, started rescuing ferrets, became a technical and content writer and editor, and built up a "chosen family" of amazing people. But one day I mentioned to a friend that I wanted to start a band, and everything fell together. The people and equipment I needed just seemed to fall into my lap, or I got the opportunities necessary to let me work and buy things. Every time I've wondered if this is what I'm really meant to be doing, I feel the Spirit confirm it. I once told my bishop I'd give up making music to get a certain blessing, and he told me the Lord would never ask that. Through my experiences in music, I have seen how the Lord allows us to touch others in the most unique ways, how the Lord knows me as an individual, how He can use things like a band to tie us closer to the people who matter and to reach out to others, how the Lord has given me experiences throughout my life to prepare me for this, and how every dark spot can have a bit of hope.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Mormon, but it's not a path I've stuck to without questioning. Most my friends growing up weren't LDS, my father taught me to be a critical thinker and to develop my own testimony, and I got my degree in philosophy. All of that led me to examine my beliefs constantly. I freely admit that there's no logical way to prove my beliefs, but I'm okay with that. There is a faith that burns in me, built on personal experiences and the witness of the Spirit. I have seen the hand of God in my life and felt His love clearly. I know that God knows and loves each of us as individuals. I know that we each have great intrinsic value as His spirit daughters and sons. I know that He is a God of compassion and love who forgives our sins and never gives up on us. Perhaps most my friends will never believe what I believe. Perhaps I will never be able to write a paper that stands up in philosophical circles that logically proves God exists. But I cannot deny the witness in my heart as I go through my life that God lives and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His church on the earth today.

How I live my faith

I'm not perfect, but I try to live the doctrines of the gospel as I understand them. I rely on the blessing of personal revelation, combined with study and prayer, to figure out how to apply the gospel to my life. I try to be full of light--which comes from things like faith, hope, charity, and knowledge--and to shine that light out to others. I am honest about the fact that life can be hard, but that we can make it through the tough things if we have open hearts and try to do good because the Lord truly wants us to have joy and is on our side when we try to do right.

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