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Hi I'm Amie

I grew up in Southern California and Utah. I am a wife, mother, and a music educator. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in southern California and Utah. I am the oldest of seven children, and I have four brothers and two sisters. My husband and I have been married for almost twenty years and have two amazing children of our own. When I was five years old, I was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer. The surgeon removed two large tumors from my abdomen, and surgery was followed up with two years of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. These treatments have had several negative long-term side effects--infertility, kidney cancer, premature hardening and scarring of the arteries in my abdomen, and I am currently in renal failure. I have dialysis treatments two times a week, and am hoping to have a kidney transplant in the near future. (My sister is donating one of her kidneys to me.) While I was in high school, I decided that I wanted to become a music educator. I graduated from Brigham Young University in 1995 with a degree in music education and have taught band in elementary, middle and high schools. I love sharing the passion I have for music with my students. My most important calling is that of a mother. I love my children, and acknowledge that it is a great responsibility to raise another human being. As both of my children are adopted, I also feel a great responsibility to their birth parents to make sure that they would be proud of their choice.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all of my life. My parents and grandparents and great-grandparents have also been life-long members. My ancestors knew the prophet Joseph Smith, and were converted to the Church early in its history. Attending church is something I have always done, but I needed to gain a testimony of its truthfulness for myself. During my teenage years, I attended weekly youth activities, and our religious education courses. These provided a firm foundation for building my own testimony. Studying the scriptures, learning the teachings of my Savior, and the teachings of our modern day prophets has made me the person that I am today. I continue to be a member of the Church because I know that the teachings are true. Every day, some aspect of the gospel of Jesus Christ guides my actions or thoughts. They help me become a better mother, wife and person. They tell me where I came from, why I am here on this earth, and what my divine potential is. I am grateful every day for this knowledge. I know that I have much more to learn, but knowing even the most basic truths has helped me throughout my life.

How I live my faith

One of the things I love most about being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the opportunity I have to serve others. Members of our Church aren't paid for their service, yet each member is asked to contribute their time and talents. Not only does this allow us to actively contribute to the learning and growth of others, but also allows us the opportunity to grow and learn in ways we may have not expected. I have had the opportunity to serve with children, youth and women in our congregation. I have served as a teacher, an advisor, and in several leadership positions. I have been able to use my talents as a musician to teach music to children. It is in this capacity that I feel I have been able to do the most good. Through the songs I teach them, they are able to learn important truths. These truths stay with them for the rest of their lives. As a woman in the Church, I have had the opportunity to serve as a visiting teacher. Along with another woman from our congregation, we visit other women on a monthly basis. We are able to assess their needs and bring them a spiritual message. I have grown close to these women, and we form a bond of sisterhood that is priceless to me.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Amie
Women in our Church don't hold the priesthood because that is the Lord's plan. I believe that men and women have different responsibilities, but that those responsibilities are equal. Men hold the priesthood, but women have important roles in the church. I believe that the most important role of women in the church is that of a teacher of children. We are taught by our Savior that children are precious, and the care and nurturing of them is a sacred responsibility. As a woman, and as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have never felt like a "second class citizen" in the Church. In the various leadership positions I have held, I have had equal input in decisions, and my voice is heard and valued. Show more Show less