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Hi I'm Amanda Jones

I grew up Catholic, but now I'm a Mormon and life is full of blessings!

About Me

My husband was an inactive member of the church, until I decided to convert about 3 years ago. We have two awesome daughters, aged 11 and 7 (almost 8)! I have recently quit working so that I could stay home and take care of my family and homeschool my children, because I feel that I was letting the world rule us and didn't want that to be the case any longer!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a recent convert, as I am just had my 3 year anniversary in His church, the true church of Jesus Christ. I would like to share my journey to this place in my life. I grew up in a staunchly Catholic home. I went to mass every Sunday and holiday for 18+ years. I even tried to get my husband to join the Catholic church when we first began dating. He wasn't a practicing Mormon and at least I had religion in my life. He tried, but it didn't work. I now know why! Our oldest daughter was actually baptized into the Catholic church. That doesn't actually mean she was Catholic, because until you take your first communion, you are not anything but Christian. I happily took my daughter to mass, but when we moved I found that I was not comfortable in the local parish so I stopped going. We didn't go to any church for a long time. At my wits end, I asked him if we could go to church w/ his mom the next day. Surprisingly he said "yes" and followed through! It just so happened that the following weekend was General Conference. My family watched w/ great interest and I bawled the entire time. Every person that spoke, spoke the truth and I knew it. The Spirit was burning w/in my soul so much I could barely contain myself! When the sisters finally came it was the icing on the cake! We clicked and I loved them from that moment on. They presented the first missionary lesson w/ me and I knew it was true--that Joseph Smith had restored the gospel fully in this dispensation, that the Book of Mormon was another testament of Jesus Christ, and that my family could be my family forever! I made my commitment that day to be baptized. The sisters came frequently over the next few weeks to deliver me the rest of the lessons and I was baptized on October 18, 2008, and confirmed on the 19th. I am grateful for my family and the blessings we have received by attending the temple to be sealed for time and eternity.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by faithfully attending my church meetings. While many may believe that 3 hours of church is ridiculous, it's truly the opposite. I wish I could go to church 3 hours everyday! It's my fuel to get through the week. I also read my scriptures daily, participate in Family Home Evening and family prayers, and watch the Mormon.org videos on YouTube! They are great inspirations. I also enjoy reading the Ensign and the Friend...they give great tips on so many things. I recently was called to be the Activity Days leader for the 10 and 11 year old girls. We do fun things like learning to cook, braiding hair, or attending plays. We also learn how to live the gospel more fully by doing service for others, reading and praying about scriptures, and by living Gospel Standards. These standards are simple because we just try to live the best we can each day. Fortunately, we know that on days we don't do our best we can ask for forgiveness. I follow the Word of Wisdom and do not take unworthy things like tobacco, drugs, alcohol, or other substances into my body. I try to treat my body, as I treat my mind by reading the scriptures everyday.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Amanda Jones
Honestly, so everyone can be as happy as we are! We know that everyone in the world began as a Spirit Child of Heavenly Father and we want them to be able to return to his presence once again. While many churches are on the right track, they do not have all aspects of Christ's doctrine and are lacking the proper keys and authorities. By spreading the Plan of Salvation with everyone through proselyting we are doing what we can to help everyone hear the great words of the Lord and come unto Him. We want everyone to feel of Heavenly Father's love and follow the teachings of Christ through baptism. As the Fourth Article of Faith reads: "We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ second, Repentance third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost." -- Joseph Smith Show more Show less