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Hi I'm Amber

Started in the west, ended in the east. I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints a Mormon.

About Me

I have loved being at home since having my first child with my husband. I taught science before that and still love learning about the fascinating world around us. I love music and playing the guitar and ukulele, gardening and being outdoors,climbing trees, playing sports, surfing and skateboarding, speaking Spanish (attempting, at least), and learning from different people and about different cultures.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was young, I believed it simply because I trusted my parents. As I have grown, however, I have come to know for myself with an absolute surety that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ--that after so many precious truths were lost and polluted after His time on Earth, the fullness of His truth with so much clarity has been reestablished on the Earth again through a modern day prophet. I have seen over and over again that the more I show my faith by acting on the principles I believe to be true, I have been blessed abundantly and been made increasingly happier.

How I live my faith

Personal and family prayer and scripture study; striving to learn and to become a better person. (Got a long ways to go!) Currently I am involved in coordinating learning and service activities for the women in my congregation. I also coordinate the cleaning and maintenance of our church building. (All members participate on a rotating basis.)

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Amber
There are several reasons temples are important to us. Spiritual Refuge: Temples are a refuge from the world and help us to refocus on God and His purposes. We learn more about God, we serve others, and we have an exceptional opportunity to receive guidance from the Holy Spirit. Families are Forever: We believe that the family unit can be eternal—that “families are forever.” We participate in ordinances, make promises and receive blessings in the temple that allow our families to be sealed, or united, eternally. And then we go about our lives striving to keep those promises and to make our family a family we want to be with forever! I have been increasingly grateful for this knowledge as I’ve lost loved ones, especially when my sister—a wife and mother of four—passed away. Death is not the end! Work for the deceased: We believe that there are certain ordinances which are essential to salvation, such as baptism by the proper authority. Since there are numerous people thoughout the world and throughout history who have never had that opportunity, that doesn’t sound fair, right? And God is fair, right? In the temples, we are baptised by proxy (in place of) someone who never had the chance. We believe that when people have left this earth, they still exist as spirits, and that they are still able to teach and/or to learn, and that they can choose to accept or not accept a baptism performed on their behalf. I firmly believe that my sister who recently passed away is teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who did not have the opportunity to learn of Him while here on Earth. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Amber
In the early 1800’s, during a time of religious excitement in Upstate New York, a 14-year old boy named Joseph Smith was confused about which Christian church to join, because there were so many with varying doctrines. In his study of the Bible, he came across the passage in James 1:5 and decided to do as it says; ask of God. To his surprise, it was revealed to him that none of the churches at that time held the full truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, as so many truths had been lost or corrupted or interpreted incorrectly since Christ's visit on the Earth. The boy Joseph was told that Christ’s true church would be re-established through him. Joseph received much instruction and preparation in his early years; then the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was officially founded while he was in his mid-twenties. We believe Joseph Smith was a prophet and that the Lord continues to guide His church through prophets today, just as He did in the days of the Bible. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Amber
Before the Babylonians captured Jerusalem around 400 BC, a prophet named Lehi left and took his family to a new land—a land we now know as the Americas. His descendants (the predecessors to the Native Americans) kept a record of their history in this new land; primarily, they recorded their religion and their understanding of and relationship with Christ. When they left Jerusalem, they also brought with them the “brass plates”—the scripture they had (what we would recognize as the Old Testament--the events of the New Testament had not yet occurred). Eventually these people grew to be a great civilization, but they eventually fell because of pride and lack of faith in Christ. The record is called the Book of Mormon because a prophet named Mormon compiled and abridged all the records on plates of gold, and hid them in a hill. Hundreds of years later, Joseph Smith was guided to these plates and translated them through the gift of God. My favorite part of this record—The Book of Mormon—is foretold in the Bible in John 10:16, where Christ says that He has “other sheep” that would also hear His voice. After Christ was resurrected and visited the Apostles and other followers in Jeruselum, he also visited his followers on the American continent. The Book of Mormon is another witness of Christ—a companion to the Bible—and clarifies many of the doctrines in or not mentioned in the Bible. When a person reads the Book of Mormon with real intent, he or she can know of the truthfulness of it by the power of the Holy Spirit. I LOVE and am SO grateful to have the Book of Mormon along with the Bible. Show more Show less