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Hi I'm Amanda

I recycle. I dance around my living room. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. I have also lived in Argentina, Idaho and Utah. I love great music, speaking Spanish and playing board games. I teach middle school and I actually think 14 year olds are really funny (most of the time)!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes me happy. I believe that God wants all of His children to experience peace and happiness even during hard times. He guided both of my parents to join the Church and my parents taught me how to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ as a child. As I have lived what I have been taught, I have discovered more peace and joy in my life. I am a Mormon because ever since I was baptized and became a member at age 8 I have felt that the Church of Jesus Christ was true. I knew then and I know now that as I live what is true and follow my conscience I will be truly at peace. I am a Mormon most importantly because it has brought me closer to Jesus Christ. It's not just that I know stories about Jesus Christ--I know Him and I love Him.

How I live my faith

I serve others in my church by planning for and encouraging members of our congregation to attend the temple together. I also visit 3 sisters in my ward (congregation) each month to find out how they are doing and share a message with them. We always pray together before we leave and I try to pray for them and their families on my own time as well. I served as a missionary for a year and a half in Argentina. I studied the Gospel, served people in need and spent most of my time teaching others who wanted to learn more.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

God will tell you (see James 1:5 in the New Testament). We can know the truth by first pondering things out in our minds and then asking God if what we have pondered is true. God will answer us by putting good feelings in our hearts that something is true. You can pray to God right now and ask Him if Mormonism is true. He has answered my prayers and He will answer your prayers. At age 14 after I finished reading the Book of Mormon entirely, I knelt down and asked God if it was true. He answered me with a thought that came into my mind--every time I read the Book of Mormon I felt really good. On my knees God confirmed to me that those good feelings came from Him and that was His way of letting me know that the book was true. Show more Show less