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Hi I'm Amy.

I'm a mother. I'm a teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in North Carolina, I went to college in Utah, and I am back in North Carolina while my husband attends medical school. My husband and I married in August 2011, and in November 2013 we welcomed our beautiful baby daughter into our family. I taught high school English for two years while my husband finished his undergraduate degree, and I absolutely loved the time I spent discussing writing and literature with teenage kids. I have played soccer throughout my life, and I also love long-distance running. So far I have completed four marathons.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church, but that's not why I stuck with it. The gospel of Jesus Christ has shaped who I am, so much so that I can't imagine life without it. Still, there is more to it than that. My faith isn't about socially constructed comfort; it's about comfort that comes through feeling the Spirit, learning all that I can, and knowing that I am headed in the right direction. I am a Mormon because I believe in the doctrine of the Church. I believe that our loving Heavenly Father exists. I believe that Joseph Smith truly saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I love the way these ideas make me feel, but, beyond that, I firmly believe in their reality.

How I live my faith

Currently my husband and I hold the calling of Sunbeam Teacher, meaning we teach the three-year-old children each Sunday. I am grateful for this specific opportunity to serve, but day by day I also try to live my faith in my personal actions and in my interactions with others. I study the scriptures--the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants--and I study the words of the living prophets, and I try to implement what I learn in how I behave. I pray to know the Lord's will, and I try my best to follow the direction I receive from my Father through the Holy Spirit. I am far from perfect, but I believe in the doctrine of progression, be it ever so slow. Therefore, I can go forward with hope that through my small, daily acts of faith, and despite my frequent missteps, I can ultimately become the type of person my Heavenly Father would have me be.

Who was Joseph Smith?

Joseph Smith was the first prophet of the latter-day dispensation. In other words, he is the first "Mormon prophet." In 1820, when he was 14-years-old, he knelt down in a grove of trees in Palmyra, New York to ask God which church he should join. God, the Father, and His Son Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph, telling him to join none of them. Subsequently, Joseph fulfilled his mission on earth by retrieving and translating the plates upon which the Book of Mormon was written and establishing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Mormons don't drink coffee, tea, or alcohol because it goes against our Word of Wisdom, the law of health that our Heavenly Father gave to Joseph Smith through revelation. While we don't necessarily understand all the reasons for avoiding these specific substances, we know that God has His purposes, which purposes are sometimes corroborated by modern health science and sometimes not. The Word of Wisdom exhorts all to avoid coffee, tea, alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs. It also gives guidelines for proper rest and nutrition, including the use of grains and herbs and moderation in all things, including meat. Part of the Word of Wisdom promises that if anyone follows this code, they shall "run and not be weary, walk and not faint" and that their minds will be open to receive "hidden treasures." Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

First and foremost, Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind. We believe that He suffered for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane, died for us on the cross, and was resurrected on the third day. As a result, we may all be cleansed of our sins and return to live with our Father in Heaven after this life. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Word spoken of in Genesis. He was with the Father in the beginning, and He--Christ--created the earth. We believe that Jesus and the Father are one in purpose, but are two separate personages. Christ is God's literal Son, His Only Begotten. Jesus Christ is our Friend and Advocate. He, though perfect, suffered for the sins, mistakes, pains, and sorrows of each of us and can therefore succor us through our trials. As we come to learn of Him and His atoning sacrifice, we develop a greater love for ourselves and others. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is more accurately known as The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Just as the Bible testifies through the words of ancient apostles and prophets that Christ is our Lord and Savior, so does the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon demonstrates God's love for all of His children. It contains the account of the prophet Lehi, who, with his family, left Jerusalem for the Americas around 600 BC. From there the Book of Mormon details the history of Lehi's descendents. Most importantly, the book provides an account of Christ's appearance and ministry to these people after His resurrection, during which time He taught them the most important principles of His gospel, especially His Atonement. I love the Book of Mormon. It substantiates all we learn from the Bible about God's love. It truly is another witness of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

We do not worship Joseph Smith. We worship God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. We revere Joseph Smith and honor him for all he did to restore the gospel and allow us to come closer to Christ. We are grateful that Smith petitioned the Father for answers, and we're grateful for the bounteous answers he received, but he was merely God's mouthpiece. He never expected to be worshiped, and members of the Church have never worshiped him. Show more Show less

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

Mormons love the Bible! I love the Bible! We believe that the Bible is the word of God, and we study it throughout our lives to help us grow closer to our loving Heavenly Father. We believe that the New Testament teaches the most important principle of all, that Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world, and that all other scriptures (including The Book of Mormon) authenticate this claim. Show more Show less