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Hi I'm Amanda

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

For 7 years, I taught elementary school. I love working with children. It is so fun to see their eyes light up when they are learning. Teaching kids to read is my favorite thing to do. I suppose that is because I love reading so much. Currently, I am a full time doctoral student studying curriculum and instruction. I love being back in school as a student. I also enjoy going on long bike rides, baking cookies and other delicious (chocolate mainly) goodies, and getting involved in activities in my community.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe in my Savior Jesus Christ. I believe that he came to this earth and experienced everything we will experience in order to bless our lives. He atoned for our sins so that we will be able to return home to our Father in Heaven someday. I was raised by parents who are faithful members of the church. They taught me through example more than words. The way they live their lives shows their testimony of Jesus Christ. Even though I grew up as a Mormon, I eventually came to a point in my life where I had to figure out what I believed for myself. During my teenage years, I sought to understand the gospel so that I could determine for myself if the things I had been taught were really true. Over the course of several years and through wonderful experiences in which I felt my Savior's love, I came to know for myself that the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are true. My testimony continues to grow as I study and live the teachings of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Jesus Christ taught us to love one another as He has loved us. I attempt to follow His example each day of my life. In my professional life, I try to see each of my students as children of God and treat them with love and kindness. The things I learn at church help me to be more patient and caring as I work with Heavenly Father's children. At church I love to be actively engaged. Over the years I have been a Sunday School teacher to both children and adults. I love to teach from the scriptures and I always learn something that helps me in my daily life. Recently, I had the opportunity to teach music to children. The songs we sung during music time fill the room with love and the Spirit. The songs teach the children more about the gospel and help them learn to live following the example of Jesus Christ.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Testimony refers to the things that a person believes and knows are true in regards to church teachings. The foundation of a testimony is Faith in our Lord Jesus Christ-knowing that he is the Son of God and he atoned for our sins. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

We donate 10% of our income to the church as tithing. A commandment to pay tithing has been around since biblical times (Malichi 3). God has given us all that we have. Every blessing in my life is from God. The income I earn is possible because of the blessings from God in my life. Giving 10% of that to God is a privilege. Tithing is used to pay for the operations of the church. The money is used to build and maintain church buildings, to support missionary work, for education and more. Show more Show less