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Hi I'm Amber

I grew up in Arkansas. I'm a daughter, a sister, a friend, a wife, and a mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a married woman of 4 years, and a mother of a 15-month old and a 3 year old. I graduated from college with degrees in English Linguistics, TESOL, and Russian. I love Russia (though my language skills are quite rusty...). I love learning about other countries and their customs and their food and dance. I think it's enchanting. I am a stay-at-home mom, and I am so grateful for that opportunity! I love crocheting, reading, cooking, eating, and just enjoying good music...though with two little ones I often feel like I only have time to do laundry and pick up toys! Nevertheless, I love taking care of my children, supporting my husband, and learning and growing every day. I love life! :-)

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I learned for myself that the complete gospel of Jesus Christ exists in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was restored through Joseph Smith the prophet. I grew up in the Bible Belt where Mormons and our beliefs were very misunderstood. I had friends who didn't understand what I believed, and they asked questions. When the time came that I couldn't answer their questions adequately or sincerely, I knew I needed to learn more. And not just ask my parents or my church leaders. I needed to know for myself because I was the one talking with my friends and other classmates every day. Not my parents. I needed to be sure so that I knew my footing was solid and my resolve sincere. I had always believed the church was true, simply because I grew up in it's teachings. But I knew it was time for me to find out for myself and develop my own testimony. And so I did. It didn't happen quickly or completely right away, but it did happen. I started praying fervently; I continued reading my scriptures, and I continued attending church. The biggest difference for me was that I started listening more intently. I began to recognize answers to questions in my church lessons, in congregational talks, in comments from my parents: no one knew about these questions or desires for more understanding, yet they were all answering them. I knew Heavenly Father was aware of me and my prayers and was answering them for me. And from there my testimony started to take root. It has continued to grow over the years; at times it is stronger than at other times. But it is always growing and it is always firm: I know I am a daughter of a loving Heavenly Father who knows me, my fears, my wants, my strengths, and my weaknesses. I know my family can be together forever. I know Jesus Christ is my Savior, my Redeemer, my advocate with the Father, and my Friend. I love Him very much. And I know He loves me.

How I live my faith

Everyday I try to live what I believe. It's not always easy, but everyday is a new day and I keep trying. I try to be kind to, to smile and uplift others in the grocery store, while driving, while taking a walk; I try to not judge other people; I try to always do what Jesus would have me do. Since becoming a mother, I feel added responsibility to my children to teach them and show them how to be like Jesus. That responsibility often seems out of reach because of physical hindrances (exhaustion, sickness, etc), but I know that the little things I do each day (reach scriptures my children, pray with them, talk to them about Jesus and the prophets and Heavenly Father's love for them) will help them start to build their own testimony just as it did for me when I was a child. I know my children trust and love me, and I love them, too. I want them to remember me as the sower of the seed of truth in their lives. Not only do I teach my children and try to live the gospel at home and while I'm out running errands, but I also teach the children at church. My husband and I get to teach a class of 7 3-year-olds together. I also visit other women from my church and I help them when they need help, whether it be a ride, a dinner, or just a phone call. I know that in order to be an instrument for good in others' lives, I must have first filled my lamp. I try to maintain a daily scripture reading habit, write in my journal, say my prayers, and attend the temple. Once I do this, I know that I'll be able to respond to another person's need should it arise.