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Hi I'm Amanda

Hello, I'm a married professional genealogist, foodie, and writer. And I'm Mormon.

About Me

I'm a committed member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In most things that I do, I look for how principles of the gospel can help affect positive changes and make everyday life better. Right now I'm setting up a container garden outside my apartment with permission of my landlord, and I try to help missionaries whether it's warning about imminent weather issues or making cookies or helping with colds. I bake a LOT- it's this thing that I have where I like to bake for the man I love. Cheesy? Maybe. Sweet? He likes chocolate, so definitely. The missionaries who live nearby us are happy about this. Otherwise, I'm constantly looking to learn more of what I need to know to live in my daily life, like learning more about food, and keeping active on software and hardware advancements the best that I can, and learning more about the customs and record groups that apply to my family and to my clients. When I find good new food to me, I update my recipe blog. My husband is in love with planes and I am trying to learn to be able to identify some on-sight since we live near an active airplane hub. Half-way through two Masters degrees, I run my own business and am always searching for good things, light, and truth.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a kid, receiving a lot of bullying at school and some at Church, also. I knew that my family was teaching me proper principles and that the Church taught good things even though some people in it weren't practicing it. I seriously reviewed the Book of Mormon, considered Joseph Smith. At that time, my Grandma (Mom's Mom) lived with our family and since she was one of the first members of the Church in my family, I asked her how/why she got into it. She told me about a scripture in Moroni 10:3-5 and told me to pray and ask God about it. The Book of Mormon and the Bible both matched in their words regarding testifying of Christ, but I wanted to know where the Truth was. If it was in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I'd stick with it. If not, I'd go somewhere else until I found it. Although my family was and is LDS, I didn't have fear about leaving the Church if it wasn't right. I tried following what Joseph Smith himself did and asked God. It took a while, and I was ready to drop the book. (I actually held it in my hands ready to drop it if wasn't true.) God answered my prayer and I stuck with it. Being a member of Church is not an easy thing, but knowing that it was true seemed to stop the opposition, at least at Church. I didn't care what other people said. I came because God said that the Church was true and it became number one in my life along with my family.

How I live my faith

The LDS Church is a very participatory religion. My daily routines include reading the Book of Mormon, and studying writing of modern prophets. I use a lot of Church sites daily, like lds.org for scheduling the building, FamilySearch.org for reviewing possible record search leads in business, and similar web sites as I get out the weekly ward (congregation's) email, update the ward Facebook Group, update LDS Missionary Testimonies, and check on who has moved in or out of the ward for email addresses for the weekly email listserv. My husband and I frequently help the missionaries, and we both have commitments for work or school in addition to Church responsibilities. My husband and I go to Church regularly on Sundays. When there are mid-week activities for Relief Society (women's group), I attend. There are also mid-week meetings to correlate missionary activities and to find out what would best help with their needs and the needs of people finding the Church. We don't get paid for Church stuff. There's a lot of volunteer work, but I'm more sad when I can't help with something versus when I do something. Doing good things is energizing.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Family is the basic unit of society. When in any emergency, the first things thought about are one's family. I don't think that family is only important to Mormons. I think that families in the best senses of the term, are important to everybody. A lot of people make bad choices in life that break apart families or that have unfortunately selfish bases. Nothing says that being in a family is easy, but there's a lot that can be learned about forgiveness and repentance, about prosperity and the true riches of life. It's like, I see eternal life as an amazing version of the best Bill Wilder film out there. Money is a tool and it helps when possible, but it's definitely not the most important thing. Relationships matter. Love matters. Commitment and fidelity matter. The rest is just that-- extra. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

I'm curious why anyone would not want more apostles to help lead and guide the Church. Bishops are great, but they do different things than apostles. Apostles are special witnesses of Christ. They are to go to all the world and to proclaim that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and to bear witness of Christ. Bishops help with more of the nuts and bolts of local congregations (we call them wards.) It is not in harmony with the New Testament to think that the Apostles were just around for a short duration. They were heavily active after Christ's Resurrection until they got killed off. A fully restored Church of Jesus Christ would have the same organization that existed in the original [primitive- according to the Articles of Faith] Church, and that includes Apostles. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Nope. I don't worship Joseph Smith, and I don't worship the current prophet, Thomas S. Monson, and I don't worship the Apostles who I also sustain as prophets, seers, and revelators. That said, I respect them, and I do know that they are inspired men of God. They worship God the Father and Jesus Christ just as I do. None of us worship Joseph Smith, and he didn't need or didn't want worshipping him. A servant of God wants the people to worship God, not himself or herself. Show more Show less