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Hi I'm Amy

I'm a Mormon. I'm also a single Mom. I'm a degreed Accounting Professional who is completely fulfilled being an LDS woman.

About Me

I spent many of the last 30 years raising my daughter alone. Her father died when she was 3 years old. She is now 29 and I have a 2 year old granddaughter who is the joy of my life. Professionally, I am a Certified Payroll Professional. I currently work doing an in-house payroll for 1000 employees. Previously, I spent three years doing consulting work implementing payroll software. I traveled all over the country every week as a consultant and attended Church wherever my company sent me so I have attended the LDS Church in many different cities. I find the Church to be an invaluable source of strength to meet my daily challenges no matter where I am. As I said in my introduction, I could not be happier being an LDS woman. The unfortunate stereotype of an LDS woman is an ignorant, barefoot and pregnant soul blindly obeying a domineering husband. None of this is true for me or my LDS friends. I have talented, well-educated, intelligent "sisters" in the Church. We have a common bond in our knowledge of the Lord, Jesus Christ; we hold positions of responsibility in the Church; and we love and assist one another in our family responsibilities, whether we are single or married. We love the Lord--that is where our unity and strength lies--although our various circumstances in life may be very different.

Why I am a Mormon

I was a sophomore in college when I accepted the missionaries' invitation to investigate The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Prior to that time, I had attended the Presbyterian and Methodist Churches and I had roommates who were Born Again Christians active in Campus Crusade For Christ. While there were aspects of these previous religious experiences that were helpful, I did not find them complete. When I began attending the LDS Institute of Religion's services at Arizona State University, I found people who genuinely tried to make faith in Christ a pivotal part of their lives everyday, not just on Sunday. I read the Book of Mormon and began to pray about the claims of Joseph Smith to be a Prophet of God. At first, I admit I was skeptical. I didn't think I was Mormon material. I found the claims of Joseph Smith to be hard to swallow. One day after completing the missionary discussions, I went to Hayden Library and found a book called Mormon Doctrine by Bruse R McConkie in the stacks. i started reading it and praying on various topics of interest to me. I prayed and told My Father in Heaven that I didn't think I could be "good enough" to be Mormon. An answer from My Heavenly Father came into my mind and heart. I was told that no one is "good enough" and that is the reason the Lord Jesus Christ came--so that His grace would make up the gap between our best efforts and the perfection needed to go back to live in the presence of Our Heavenly Father eternally. I admit that my testimony of the veracity of the Book of Mormon was not as solid then as it is today but because the missionaries, my LDS friends, and the writings of the LDS prophet had brought me to a point where I could be shown that Jesus Christ was real and that His atonement was necessary in my life, I was willing to try to perfect myself by living as the Latter Day Saints do and I accepted the challenge to be baptised. Since that time, I have never regretted that choice.

How I live my faith

I currently serve leading the music and choosing the hymns for our Sacrament services every week. This entails getting up in front of 250 people and singing--something I have never had any musical training for particularly but to quote a Mormon prophet "that which we persist in doing becomes easier not that the nature of the task has changed but our ability to do it has increased" so now I find that I enjoy it my current "calling" and others appreciate my music selections and smiling face up in front each Sunday. In the past, I have had my turn taking care of 23 toddlers with another couple as Nursery Leaders. I have found some of my greatest joys teaching 12 year olds and later 17 year olds the truths found in the scriptures in Sunday School. I have also been a President of our Women's Organization called Relief Society. I read the scriptures or writings of the prophets daily and I pray every day. I enjoy sewing and have been involved in Humanitarian efforts to create baby clothes and quilts for shelters and emergency preparedness kits supplied by the Church in disaster relief. It is a rewarding way of life that affords me service opportunities I would never have known otherwise. Giving is the best part of living. In giving what little talent I have to the Lord, He makes more of my life than I could possibly make of it myself. I encourage you to open your heart and mind to the message of the Mormon missionaries. It will be the best thing you could ever do for yourself, believe me! I hope my few words have helped you on your way back to your Heavenly Father. I testify that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will teach you the way back to Your Savior and Heavenly Father and that you, like me, will not regret for a minute the time you have spent in this life participating in the Church with us. It's the best thing you could possibly do with your life. I know this to be true with all my heart.

What is the Relief Society?

Amy
Relief Society is our women's organization for women 18 years and older. It was established in 1842 and has been continuously operating to teach the sisters how to best improve upon their charitable natures by following the Savior and serving others. It'sstate purpose is to build faith, strengthen homes and families and help those in need. We have "callings" in Relief Society to visit teach. Visiting teaching entails bringing a spiritual thought to our assigned sisters each month and seeing to their temporal and spiritual welfare. I have been served so many times as a single Mom by my visiting teachers, I've lost count! They have become ready made friends when I have moved into a new place. I, in turn, have tried to be a good visiting teacher to my assigned sisters and have learned so much from their association. Relief Society reaches into the community to offer assistance as well. We often work on various projects to supply goods and serivces to shelters, hospitals, and schools. It is a wonderful group that helps provide peace and sanity in a chaotic world. Please join us and see for yourself. Show more Show less