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Hi I'm Amanda!

I'm a BYU graduate, former camp counselor, musician, history enthusiast, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in American Studies and am setting off on a mission to Mesa, Arizona. I love human interaction and can be entertained for hours just by talking with people. I find solace in writing, singing, and playing various musical instrument. You can follow my mission and read about other spiritual experiences I've had at www.preachitgirl.blogspot.com. Following American politics, discussing contemporary American culture and topics, baking, camping, reading, and sailing are some of my favorite hobbies. I spent five summers working at a Girl Scout camp in Iowa and truly learned some of life's greatest lessons there. I often say that I will never have a career as fulfilling as being a camp counselor ever again. I love helping young women realize their worth and all that they have to offer. Someday I hope to open a cupcake bakery.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother was raised in a Mormon family and when she married my father she continued to be an active member even though he was a Lutheran. My mom took my two younger brothers and I to church alone for ten years until my dad converted and became a member of the church himself. I was raised by loving parents who guided me in my faith and helped me make decisions that lead to me gaining my own testimony. While I was born into the church, that's not why I'm still a member today. I am a Mormon because I believe Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that he had his prayer answered in the Sacred Grove when he was but fourteen. I also believe that Joseph translated the Book of Mormon and that it is a true book documenting the lives of an ancient people on the Americas and their experiences and testimonies of Christ. I am a Mormon because I know that what I have been taught is the most true and pure information on Earth. I know that religion and science don't always seem to match up and I am aware that some may say I am naive for believing so strongly in so much that can't be proved but I know that my Heavenly Father created this planet and many more to facilitate the growing necessary for the salvation of all his children.

How I live my faith

I believe that the small things are what make my faith real. Reading my scriptures, thoughtfully communicating with my Heavenly Father, serving others, attending church meetings, and living a Christlike life are how I live my faith. Everyday is an opportunity to live and show my faith in small and meaningful ways.