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Hi I'm Amanda

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love my family. I am happiest when spending time with my children and husband. I am a full-time mother now and though motherhood has its challenges, I enjoy helping my children and watching them learn and grow. I love watching their eyes light up with delight when learning a new skill, like walking or riding a bike, or making a new friend or traveling to a new destination. I love learning. The knowledge and experience I gained while earning my degrees is priceless to me and I love working and researching in my field of expertise. In time I would like to travel and see places abroad, like the Pyramids in Egypt or the Taj Mahal in India.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is where God wants me to be. In the Bible Christ said: "Ask and ye shall receive; knock and it shall be opened unto you." And in the Book of Mormon, Moroni said: "if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." God answered my prayers. I have some health problems that often make life challenging for me. My Heavenly Father has been there for and with me in my darkest hours. Time spent in prayer and at the temple has strengthened my spirit and given me courage. We were sent to earth to learn and to be tested, to see if we would choose good over evil. Problems in life are not evidence that God has forgotten or does not love us; they are part of our mortal experience. I believe God will consecrate our afflictions for our gain and because Christ suffered for our sins and also took upon himself our pains and sorrows, He truly understands and will comfort us.

How I live my faith

At Church I teach the New Testament adult class. I enjoy studying the scriptures in preparation for each week's lesson. I like visiting other women in the church and talking about their lives and needs and sharing a gospel message with them. I've made friends and met people I wouldn't have otherwise and been given opportunities to serve as well. I have also been blessed by others who have visited and served me when I needed it most. Many times when I was having a particularly hard day, I would get a phone call. Dear friends were so quick with encouragement and help, including meals and childcare when I needed it.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

On Sunday we attend a worship service called Sacrament Meeting as a family. It runs about an hour and ten minutes and includes the singing of hymns, opening and closing prayers, partaking of the sacrament bread and water that is blessed and passed in remembrance of Christ, and speakers chosen beforehand from the congregation. We don't pass a plate or request donations and visitors are always welcome to come. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Yes, a husband and wife can be together forever with their family and families will live together as an eternal family. In the New Testament, Christ gave his Apostles power to seal families together see Matt 1619 and that power was restored through Joseph Smith. If we follow Christ, accept the Atonement and are sealed through sacred ordinances in the temple, we will have this blessing. For me the loss of family members is painful, but the knowledge that they live on and I will see and be with them again is a beautiful thing. Show more Show less