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Hi I'm Ami

I'm a wife and mom. I'm a science fiction writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As well as writing fiction, I help my husband with with 3D graphics and write "how to" books about the same. But more important to us is taking the time to be with our children. I've always loved science (studied biology in college), history, and biographies. I like to use logic to make my decisions and am always asking how and why.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon, but as many people do I had a crisis of faith. I believed in how the church wanted me to act: honesty, love of fellow men, virtue, modesty, keeping my body free of harmful drugs. These are all tried and true ways of not only being happy myself but making the world around me a better place. No. I wondered if there was even a God. And if there was a God, why was it my religion that was true? My course of action was to study it out. As I learned more and more about the processes of life, about matter and energy, I came to realize that there was nothing science had discovered that conflicted with the existence of God. As I studied history, I found that men continuously corrupted truth as they sought for power and wealth. I gained a testimony that the true church would need to have a prophet. And as I read the Book of Mormon, more carefully this time, I came to a realization that this book had to be true. There are logical reasons why it is. The historical records of the process and time frame of the creation of the English Book of Mormon are very strong evidence that Joseph Smith (and no other) received its translation as a precise revelation from God. Upon reading it, as a writer who understands the creating fantastical worlds and writing stories about them, it seems to me impossible for a person of Joseph Smith's education and witnessed abilities to have written it - especially in the early nineteenth century. But logic is just a seed. As I learned these and many other things, it wasn't just strong and positive emotions I felt. There is a clarity of thought that steadies the heart. All the pieces of the puzzle fit. The Book of Mormon is true, which means the Bible must be true, which means God exists and Joseph Smith was His prophet. As my faith has grown through study and through personal experience, I've come to gain a relationship with my Savior, Jesus Christ. His atonement is infinite, and his grace covers not just sin but any kind of suffering. He knows exactly who we are and he loves us.

How I live my faith

I pray, study the scriptures, pay my tithing, and strive to keep the commandments. I also work hard to be a mother and believe strongly in being with my children so that I may nurture their developing spirits, minds, and bodies. For the past eighteen years, I have served as a teacher in some capacity or other, whether it be to children or adults. This is such a great way to serve. I love teaching because I enjoy sharing the Gospel and it gives me an opportunity to focus on a Gospel subject. There is so much to learn! And not enough life to learn it. One of the things I look forward to in the afterlife is getting to learn more.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Ami
There are two ways that missionaries are funded. The first is that they pay the way themselves. Many young men and women have saved up the money over the course of their teenage years in order to go on a mission. Their family may also help. My extended family has a fund for this purpose because some branches are better off than others. Second, if the missionary or family can't afford it then donations from other members specifically to a missionary fund will help them pay for it. Couple missionaries pay for themselves and need to be able to do so without having a job for the duration of their mission. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Ami
The Bible is Holy Scripture and contains the teachings of our Savior, Jesus Christ and a history of God's relationship with us. However, it has been through a compilation process and several translations over more than a thousand years. Some of the truths it held have been lost, but most are still there. The Book of Mormon stands next to the Bible as a witness of its truthfulness. In Sunday School we have a four year cycle to study Holy Scripture. We start with the Old Testament, then the New Testament, the Book of Mormon, and lastly the Doctrine and Covenants which is a scripture that contains modern day revelations. The Bible is an important part of our spiritual schooling. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Ami
One of the great things about the Mormon church is that we have a lay clergy, and that all the jobs in our church are done by us regular congregation members. We aren't elected into anything and it isn't a popularity contest. It isn't job or career either, that relies on tithes or how much money the church is bringing in. These are people called of God, through revelation to church leaders. I know that Heavenly Father is directing this church and optimizes things both for individuals as well as for the whole congregation. We are all serving each other in different ways. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Ami
First, what do Mormons mean by priesthood? Very short answer: the priesthood is the authority on earth to call upon the powers of God to bind things in heaven and earth. It is used for ordinances such as baptism, for healing, and for special blessings to help us through difficult times. A person who has the priesthood is not necessarily a leader in a congregation, since every worthy male can hold the priesthood. Also, a woman doesn't need to have the priesthood in order to hold a leadership position in the church. These positions are essential to the work of God. The Gospel could not go forward without these female leaders. But know this: neither a leadership position nor having the priesthood elevates a person above any other. It is simply a job, to get God's work accomplished. It's a responsibility to serve the Lord in a certain capacity. We are all here to serve the Lord in our own capacity. Women serve the Lord in some capacities that no man can possibly serve. As a feminist, I feel secure that I am equally respected, equally loved, and equally needed as my brothers who hold the priesthood. Show more Show less