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Hi I'm Amanda Lyn

I'm a student, I love science... and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Amanda Lyn. I'm eighteen years old, and I am a college freshman studying biology in preparation for veterinary school. I am also a part of a Global Science and Engineering program at my university, meaning that I will study abroad in France for a year. I like: music, animals, people, volunteering, fashion, listening, art, turquoise, Europe, food, politics, technology, science, books, and learning. I dislike: stereotypes, English classes, tests, class discussions that are a part of my grade, Internet Explorer, not being listened to, wearing shoes, and most pop music.

Why I am a Mormon

It isn't about the people--though they are nice. It isn't about the programs--though they are helpful. It's about the feeling I get when I walk through the doors of a Church building. It's about the sense of peace that overcomes me when I hear and sing the hymns. It's about the beautiful temples that literally do allow me to forget the outside world and just find an hour or two of joy. It's about how the gospel... just makes sense. Everything fits together, and that's why I keep coming back.

How I live my faith

Having just barely turned eighteen, I'm still new to the "grown up" aspect of the Church.. but I can say that I loved going to camp and meeting new people there, I loved being a part of my youth group (and being president for a year) and developing close friendships. I learned a lot from my peers and leaders, and it's their example that helped me to grow into who I am. Most importantly, though... I love Church dances. We'd have them every third Saturday night of the month, and so for three hours, I just got to dance and be silly with people who shared my standards for dancing, music, and dress. I didn't have to feel uncomfortable about boys coming up behind me.

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

Amanda Lyn
Mormon women are incredible. They are selfless, they are loving, they are faithful, and they can be the best friends you'll ever have. The ones I have met can keep a secret, and most of them will be glad to talk to you about problems you are having--temporal or spiritual--and help you get through it. Women are most assuredly equal to men. It may seem like they are not because women do not have the priesthood and they are encouraged to "only" nurture their children and follow their husband the family's patriarch, but when it is all said and done, those "lowly" responsibilities can change the world, the way the mothers of the stripling warriors did in The Book of Mormon. Those "lowly" responsibilities are among the best examples of service in the home and in the Church. While men and women have different roles in life, there is one thing that is certain both will receive eternal life based on things that are not gender-specific. It is through faith, repentance, and enduring to the end that all people can be blessed with exaltation. I see the separate roles of men and women as Heavenly Father's way to keep order so that we can maximize happiness in this life and beyond. Those roles are divine for a reason. And, my stake president once reminded the girls in my stake this women may not have the priesthood, but they can still have faith--which is so great that it can move mountains, says Matthew in the New Testament. Show more Show less