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Hi I'm Amanda!

I'm a devoted friend and daughter, a lifelong learner, an influencer, a dreamer, and I'm a Mormon. :)

About Me

I am at my core a spirited and loving woman who loves to learn, dream, grow, connect with people and solve interesting problems. I thrive in environments where I feel safe and inspired. Currently, I'm in school getting a JD/MBA and pursuing a career in business consulting and ultimately, venture philanthropy. I love making my life and each day count! I love to work hard, run, walk, laugh, play, dance, listen, talk, write, read and eat good foods! Basically, I am just really delighted by simple, everyday activities! The most important and fulfilling part of my life is nurturing a variety of relationships--with God, family, friends and others I have the privilege of meeting. My faith in Jesus Christ and knowledge of Heavenly Father's plan of happiness are my lifeblood. Something unique about me is that I am adopted. I was born in South Korea and adopted by my parents when I was four months old. I feel immensely grateful to both families that I have been blessed with--my family who gave me love, opportunities, support and shelter, and my family who gave me physical life. A few years ago, I was blessed to find and meet my biological family while serving a mission for my church in South Korea. I know that our family relationships are eternal and that they are central to our Heavenly Father's plan for us.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was in high school, I decided that it was imperative for me to know for myself whether God and Jesus Christ were real and whether the Book of Mormon was true. I remember reading the Book of Mormon by myself for the first time and praying earnestly to know if all of this was true. I yearned for an honest conviction, and today I can say without any reservation that I know that God lives and that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. I know that Christ was literally broken, torn, crucified and resurrected so that we can return to live with God, proven and pure. I know that the Book of Mormon like the Bible is the word of God, another testament of Jesus Christ and was translated by Joseph Smith, who was called by God to be a prophet. I also know that Thomas S. Monson, who leads and guides the church today, is a prophet of God. Although my testimony did not form overnight, I have come to see that each person can know for him or herself what is true and what is false. I bear testimony that God hears and answers our prayers, individually and personally. He knows us. He is our eternal father and is intimately involved in the details of our lives. I know that he forgives and is merciful. I know that Jesus Christ is his only begotten son and draws near unto us as we draw near unto him. I know that through his infinite atonement we are healed from physical, emotional and mental pain. God speaks to us. We are his greatest work. If any of us lack wisdom, we can ask of God.

How I live my faith

Basically, I try to make my life and every day count. I make it a priority to truly exercise my faith and be open and believing. I seek to love others and reflect God's love. I stay close to the Lord so that when I fall short and feel very inadequate, I am blessed with the strength to keep my head up and not shrink. Daily, I pray outloud and read/study the scriptures. I try to take care of myself by eating good foods and exercising. I'm careful of what I let into my mind and body. Weekly, I go to church and take the sacrament. Taking the sacrament is a way that the Savior's atonement and sacrifice become more real to me. At church, I also attend a class with the women in my ward congregation. I LOVE this. It is one of my favorite things to learn from the women I am around. I am proud to associate with them and am inspired by their courage and faith and desire to live and serve righteously. During the week, I also attend a scripture study/gospel class called "Institute." We discuss the scriptures and principles of the gospel with each other, and it is one of my favorite things to hear how other people apply the gospel in their lives. It's awesome! Occasionally, I meet someone or have friends who ask questions about my religion. I'm excited to hear their thoughts and listen to their questions. God has a plan for all of us and it is beautiful to see myself and others have an increasing desire to learn more about Him, and from Him.