Hi I'm Amanda
I'm a normal 25 year old woman. I graduated college last fall, but until I can find a "big girl" job I am working at a grocery store. I was married in October 2011 to my absolutely wonderful husband in the Saint Paul temple. We are loving life, and looking forward to having several kids one day, but hopefully soon! In my free time I love to listen to music, read, bake, cook, craft as much as possible, and spend time with my husband, family, and friends. I'm a convert to the church. Joining the church was the best decision I have ever made in my entire life. The church has brought so many blessings, and without those blessings I wouldn't be who I am today.
Why I am a Mormon
Growing up I never had much of a religion. My mom always told me that she believed in God, but didn’t like the thought of organized religion, so we never went to church. When I was in middle school and especially high school I was convinced that there was no God. I was an very angst ridden teenager and thought that life was so difficult and that if there was a God he wouldn’t make me suffer through trials and tribulations. While in a college class a couple of years ago I met a guy, who I eventually dated for a short time, and he introduced me to the church. I was reluctant to go, because I was still in my “there’s no God” stage. I ended up going with him on a General Conference Sunday. I was confused for a while, things that were said went over my head, and I was confused as to why there was a Prophet, but I felt amazing. I met the missionaries that day and started having lessons shortly thereafter. I was baptized in May 2009, three days after my 22nd birthday. I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday present. I know that this is the true church. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet called of God. I know that our Heavenly Father loves each and every one of us and knows us personally. He puts us through trials and tribulations to make us stronger. Every time we are faced with something difficult it is because Heavenly Father knows that we need to face that situation so we can become better.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Whenever I'm going through a difficult time I know I can take a couple of minutes and pray to Heavenly Father. I know that if I turn to him for the help and guidance that I need I can find it. The answers don't always come immediately, but eventually prayers do get answered. I seem to always be praying for something, even if I don't realize I'm praying. They're definitely not the most elaborate and long prayers sometimes, but just having that communication with Heavenly Father comforts me enough to get me through any situation I might be going through. I think it's important to have that communication with Heavenly Father. We need to communicate with him just as he communicates with us. He needs us to tell him how we're feeling and our needs and concerns so that he knows how he can help us.
How I live my faith
Every day I wake up trying to be the best person that I can be, and allow the light of Christ to shine through me. I make huge attempts to be a good example for everyone that I meet and to my friends and family. I work with the kids each Sunday, and they really keep me on my toes. They are so knowledgeable when it comes to the gospel, and I am amazed at least once each Sunday with a question or comment that they have for their leaders. I think that by working with the kids, I strive to be a better person. I am one of their leaders, and those are some of the people they really look up to, especially at a young age.