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Hi I'm Amy

I love mountains and snow and college football. I speak Hebrew. I'm a wife and graduate student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a married woman who loves music, learning, downhill skiing, traveling and art. I studied the flute and played in ensembles for twelve years of my life. I still love to play and express myself through music even though it is no longer my primary focus. I am currently doing graduate work at a European university. I study history, languages and world religions. I speak Hebrew and some Arabic. My dream is to become a university professor, and though I would gladly teach in any university or community college, my secret desire is to teach semester abroad students in Jerusalem about the Bible, Middle East cultures and religions, and Middle East history. In the meantime, I am trying to work hard, read a lot, write coherently, and still find time to explore my region, attend museums and galleries, view nearby landscapes, and create memories with family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

Children have convinced me that it must be human nature to ask "why," as they seem to ask the question quite naturally! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints answers the biggest "why" question more effectively than any other religion or point of view that I know. I have developed so much hope and optimism through the Church's answers to the question, "Why are we here on earth?" It teaches of a loving and present God, who has sent us - His noble and beloved children - here to learn and grow and better ourselves. The Church teaches that the Atonement of Jesus Christ makes this growth and learning possible, and that even in our weaknesses we can come again into God's presence. I have received comfort and strength throughout all of the difficult times in my life by reading and studying the scriptures. Though I often turn to passages in the Old Testament and New Testament and find comfort and strength there, I have found some of my most poignant answers in the Book of Mormon, a simple and beautiful record of God's works among the people on the American continents. The opportunity to be like Adam, Noah, Abraham and the Children of Israel and enter into covenants with God is a sweet blessing unique to the Church. The covenants that I have made have given me strength and have blessed my daily life, my personal relationship with God, my marriage, and my family.

How I live my faith

I try very hard to pray always. I know that the best way to strengthen my relationship with Heavenly Father is to tell Him everything and to seek daily (and hourly!) guidance and support from Him. Sometimes that means praying in the shower. Sometimes that means praying in the car. Sometimes that means offering a quick prayer during a lecture or when I'm in class. It always means praying in the morning and at night. Additionally, it means seeking out ways to help and lift my friends, my family members, my neighbors and even, at times, people I don't know. I lead a busy life and can easily become self-absorbed and overly-stressed about the deadlines and responsibilities I need to meet. At those times, especially, I realize that I need to put my life back into perspective by finding time to help someone else. Our Savior lived His life serving others, and He certainly had things to do and places to be! If He reached out to others as the ultimate activity, then so can I. So should I!

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

The Bible teaches us about God's love for His children and about His covenant with them. The Old Testament teaches us that God cares about what happens here on earth and always wants to bless the lives of His children. It teaches us about God's magnificent power to deliver and redeem. It teaches us that God always keeps His promises. The New Testament teaches us about the Savior's time on earth. It teaches us that Jesus Christ cares about every individual and that He will perform miracles in our lives if we put our faith in Him. Most importantly, it teaches us that Christ suffered and died for the sins of the world, that all mankind might return to stand in the presence of God.   Show more Show less