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Hi I'm Amanda

I'm a Mormon. I live in California and have the busiest and best job in the world.... mom to three kids.

About Me

I am a wife and mother. I have a husband and three children, all with one or more of Asperger's (a mild form of autism), OCD, or ADD. My husband is a dentist and I help him run our business and keep the books. My children are currently being homeschooled through an online public charter school. From accountant, to math tutor, to cook, to manager...I do a lot of things each day. To be able to influence three lives so deeply and to help shape them is indiscribable. It is the hardest job I have ever had and absolutely the most rewarding. We have dealt with a lot of bullying because my children struggle to fit in socially. It is incredibly hard to see your children struggle, but I have learned that we are not alone. We have a loving Heavenly Father who is watching over us and helping. He has guided my husband and I to make some decisions for our family that were hard to make. The move to homeschool was one of the most difficult I have ever made. Yet it has turned out to be a wonderful thing for our children who are thriving. I love art history and I think of Michelangelo who once said that the sculptures he created were already inside the blocks of marble, all he had to do was remove the excess stone. As a mother, that is what I feel I am doing, helping to remove the excess pieces of stone so a masterpiece can be revealed.

Why I am a Mormon

I am an 8th generation member of this church. But that is not why I am a Mormon. My ancestor's beliefs and sacrifices strengthen my belief in this church. They were passed down to me. Ultimately though, I choose to be a Mormon because of my own belief, because I know for myself that this is God's true church. It tells me where I came from, where I am going and what the meaning of life is. All such profound questions, yet answered so simply in this Gospel. The peace that fills my life because I know the answers to these questions is amazing. I live the principles I have been taught and my life is blessed. I have not always recognized those blessings or the guidance that Heavenly Father has provided me, but He has always helped me. To know that I am not alone, that I can put my trust in a Heavenly Father that loves me and in the Savior who loves me is a comfort that I cannot describe. The more I live my life according to the teachings of this church, the more it is confirmed to me that it is God's true church.

How I live my faith

I have had many jobs in our church. I Currently teach a class of 15 and 16 year olds. They are at such an important age, where they are deciding who they want to be and what paths to take in life. It is a priviledge to teach them about the Savior each week. They can be loud and sometimes rowdy but they are enthusiastic about life. I have worked with children and adults as both a teacher and a leader. Each time I get a new responsibility I am quickly reminded that I have far more to learn from the experience than anyone I might be helping. As a teenager I grew up in a community with very few Mormons. That was difficult, but I lived the principles I was taught. I became respected because I was true to my beliefs. My friends watched out for me, and I even had a teacher tell me that he wanted his daughters to grow up to be like me. I see the teenagers in my class being examples of what they believe and doing it so gracefully. They are amazing.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Amanda
I come from a long line of strongwilled and independant women. I grew up in a home where my parents worked together to raise and direct their family. One was not above the other. It is the same in my home. I think that one of the great myths of our time is that equal means the same. 2+3=5 and 4+1=5. Those two equations are equal but not the same. I am not the same as my husband, and he is not the same as me, yet we are equal. There are qualities and attributes that he has that I lack and vice versa. That is why we make such an excellent team. He is primarily responsible for earning money for our family, however I help him manage our business and it's finances. I am primarily responsible for the nurture of our children, however he has been a partner in their care from diapers to drivers licenses. We work together and share the load. I have never felt less than my husband or any man. I have also never felt that to have value I must be measured as a man. I have value because I am a child of God. I have value because I am a woman. I have value because I am me. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Amanda
How strange that we live in a world where pornography has become so commonplace. Some of the magazines you see at the grocery store checkout line border on being pornography. Pornography is a filth that can seep into a person and consume them. How do we stop it? I wish I knew. I think the very first thing we can do is to put up safety measures in our homes. Every computer, phone, and electronic device should have filtering software put on them. Each one of those devices (including gaming consoles) have parental limits that can be put on them. Keeping them in public places of our homes is also important. I think, however, that no matter how many walls we put up if someone wants to view pornography they will find a way. We cannot rely on restrictions alone, we must teach in our homes the value of women. We must teach our children to value that which is pure and uplifting. Teach our sons to see women as people and not objects. We must also teach about the sanctity of marriage and appropriate sexual relationships within its bounds. We must try to help this generation to lift their eyes from the filth that surrounds them and look to higher and brighter things. If it happens, that someone we know and love should become ensnared in pornography's grasp, we must help them and let them know that we love them. Satan seeks to divide us and bring us down. We can work together to protect against pornography, steer ourselves away from it, and help those that have fallen. Show more Show less