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Hi I'm Amanda

I am an artist, a daughter of God, and I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

About Me

I am 24 years old and I have recently completed my Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. I am an artist who works in colored pencils, graphite, and acrylic paint on functional items such as furniture, picture frames, and flower pots. I love music and often drawn a great deal of inspiration from the many moods of my music listening. I am a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, after having joined the Church when I was 20 years old. My life has rarely been easy, and many would tell me that I have already been through more than my fair share of trials and tribulation. But I know with every fiber of my being that no matter what I have gone through, and indeed no matter what I will yet go through, the end will be better than the beginning. I have seen life both with and without God's influence, and you could never pay me enough to go back to walking in darkness. My trials have not ceased, but I now have the perspective, the strength, and the guidance I need to weather any storm that life may throw my way, all because my loving Heavenly Father trusted me enough to show me the way home.

Why I am a Mormon

When the missionaries first knocked on my door, I thought it would be a passing visit that I would soon forget about. However, because of Heavenly Father's love for me and my family, he gave those missionaries the patience they needed to teach stubborn, hard-headed, little old me. A little over three years later, and here I am a fully-active member of the Church, serving as a Primary teacher in our branch. Words can't possibly explain how grateful I am to know that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me and trusts me enough to have allowed me to come to Earth to learn to be like Him. I am grateful that he sent those two faithful Elders to my house to show me the joy that living the gospel can bring. One day I hope to be able to share my testimony and my love for the gospel with my children, that they might know that they too have a Heavenly Father who loves them dearly. I am a Latter-Day Saint because I have prayed to know for myself if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true and received that witness that it is indeed the true church of Christ. No matter how much the world may slander and mock the church, it does not change the fact that it is true. I am proud to say that I am a Latter-Day Saint.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by following Heavenly Father's commandments. It's not always easy to do, but it is infinitely easier than trying to find my way through life on my own. I strive to read my scriptures every day and to pray to my Heavenly Father often. I try my hardest to live worthily so that I will continue to be worthy to enter the Lord's Temple. I know that when we strive to follow God's commandments, we will make mistakes. However, through Christ's Atonement, we can repent of those mistakes. After we have given our all, the Lord will make up the difference.

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Amanda
Modesty is a term that refers to the type of clothing one should wear. According to the 'For the Strength of Youth' pamphlet, "Prophets of God have always counseled His children to dress modestly. The way you dress is a reflection of what you are on the inside. Your dress and grooming send messages about you to others and influence the way you and others act. When you are well groomed and modestly dressed, you invite the companionship of the Spirit and can exercise a good influence on those around you." Basically, this means that when you are dressed in a professional manner. The "For the Strength of Youth' pamphlet also tells us what is immodest "Immodest clothing includes short shorts and skirts, tight clothing, shirts that do not cover the stomach, and other revealing attire. Young women should wear clothing that covers the shoulder and avoid clothing that is low-cut in the front or the back or revealing in any other manner. Young men should also maintain modesty in their appearance. All should avoid extreme in clothing, appearance, and hairstyle. Always be neat and clean and avoid being sloppy or inappropriately casual in dress, grooming, and manners." When you are modestly dressed, you have more self-confidence and others view you with more respect. It also makes being chaste, meaning following the law of chastity, that much easier. When one is immodestly dressed, it can cause others around you to have inappropriate thoughts, which can lead to sexual immorality. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Amanda
Among many other things, the Missionaries will discuss with you how you can come closer to Christ and to our Heavenly Father. They will talk about many topics related to Christ's gospel, but all of them have one central theme: To help you and your family return to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ again. All of the day-to-day things we do in the Church all boil down to this: We all want to be able to live with our families, with Christ, and with God for all Eternity. Show more Show less