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Hi I'm Amanda Friström

I am a world explorer, a dyscalculic, a forever student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am curious about almost everything and I love to learn. My life motto is, "Know something about everything and everything about something." I will spend my life working on bringing this to fruition. I would love nothing more than to travel and serve people around the world. I will be focusing the rest of my career in political science in international relations and learning as many languages as I possibly can. I have always had extreme difficulties doing simple math equations and other seemingly easy tasks involving numbers. A few years ago I finally had a name put to my math insecurities - dyscalculia. Now I hope to help dyscalculic children.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Well, in a short answer, because it is just...right. Whenever I follow the words of the scriptures and the prophets, life is good, and I am happy. There is freedom in living with no fear, and the gospel of Jesus Christ allows me to face the good and the bad times with courage and confidence that I am not alone. My faith is something very dear to me during difficult decisions and hardships, but it is also an outlet for my joy and happiness. I am a Mormon because when I follow the principles the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides for us, my soul is peaceful. My joy and my pain have a purpose. When I feel as though I have a purpose in this world -- not because of my education or my job, but because of who I am -- I just feel right.

How I live my faith

Baby steps and music. I live my faith the same way anyone lives their lives when they are trying to better themselves. I live it one bit at a time with one act of service and one church meeting at a time. By focusing on small aspects of my daily life and seeking to improve them, I am able to avoid being overwhelmed by all my weaknesses. Then "tasks" such as church assignments and reading the scriptures is easier and enjoyable. Throughout my teenage years, I lived in a small branch (a congregation averaging less than 100 members each Sunday) in the Midwest. While attending this branch, I learned my true potential for using music to express my feelings toward my Savior and to bring joy and peace to those around me. In that branch I grew profoundly in my testimony and musical capabilities and I played the piano for sacrament meeting (and later learned the organ for it), lead choir practices, and also had the wonderful opportunity to work with children to the age of 12 while they sang in Sunday school.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Amanda Friström
I think of the Holy Ghost as the ultimate best friend. The Holy Ghost is always there for me and always willing to listen and help me like any best friend, and on top of that, the Holy Ghost knows exactly what God wants for me and how to tell me what is right. The Holy Ghost is the way I feel loved and comforted whenever I am trying my hardest to do what is right, just like a best friend. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Amanda Friström
Well, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is quite the mouthful, and Mormonism is a lot easier. :) Beyond that, in addition to the Bible, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints uses a book called The Book of Mormon. This book is often seen as the Mormon Bible, however it is a book to accompany the King James version of the Holy Bible. It is a book about the peoples of the Americas before, during, and after Jesus lived on the earth. Mormon is the name of a prophet (a prophet like Moses or Abraham in the Bible) who abridged the writings of prophets in the Americas. Sort of like an editor today who compiles anthologies, I suppose. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worship God and Jesus Christ and not Mormon. However, the name often does get shortened down into "Mormon" or "Mormonism" because of the Book of Mormon. It is unfortunately confusing. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Amanda Friström
Mormon women are impossible to categorize. We are unique from one another, just as every woman is her own person. Mormon women are generally thought to be stay-at-home moms who scrapbook, bake, blog, play the piano, and other such homemaking things. I happen to like all these things, but that also happens to be my personal preference. I will not begin to try and describe all the possible variations of a Mormon woman. For instance, I also counter stereotypes by being extremely career-minded and an avid whitewater rafter who loves traveling. I also have never canned anything, and have only visited Utah briefly. What I can say about active Mormon women pursuing a more spiritual life is this:they are active participants in their families (whether they work outside the home or not) and they seek to have their priorities in order, working hard to accomplish their goals. Mormons certainly believe in equality of men and women. I'm a very independent individual myself & feel fully able to achieve all my goals within our Church's structure. A common source of doubt regarding this sense of independence and equality is the push to be homemakers. I do sometimes feel pressure to be a homemaker sans career -- not because of Church doctrine. Doctrine states women are to make their houses homes and be loving mothers. Personal reflection and communication with God and spouse are needed for each woman to determine the way she can best fulfill her duties and be true to herself. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Amanda Friström
As a child, I learned a very valuable lesson. With a friend as an accomplice, I sneaked into the emergency supplies for our family and ate all the chocolate bars. We ate them one at a time, usually consuming 4 small candy bars a week. Within a few months they were gone. We forgot about the bag and the leftover wrappers we had discarded inside. Soon enough, my parents discovered the chocolate was missing. Knowing the culprits, they confronted me. I plainly denied any involvement, my face turning red in my lie. Eventually I admitted what they already knew, and I was punished accordingly. One lesson this taught me was how easy it is to do something wrong long enough to figure out it is wrong. I already knew stealing chocolate out of our emergency supplies was wrong -- and I knew lying was wrong. That didn't stop me from eating another chocolate bar, and another and another, until I was found out and given the consequences. As I have grown, I have learned this principle applies on the flip-side. Though it may seem harder, doing what is right will eventually lead to the sure knowledge that is it actually right and we will be rewarded. To increase faith in Jesus Christ, we must keep the commandments and do what is right and eventually we will know it is right. We will then be blessed with the wonderful consequence of our actions: a testimony of God's commandments and His word, and greater faith. With this faith we then continue the cycle, doing more good and getting more faith. Show more Show less