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Hi I'm Amanda

I live in Idaho. I love my God, family and country. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of three. They have been my greatest joy. I have an amazing husband who has taken very good care of us. I have been mostly a stay-home mom, but I am currently working about 12 hours a week for a pathologist. My job is somewhat creepy, but interesting. I love the Untied States of America and all of the freedoms we have here.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon faith. But I still had to be converted. I had quit going to church when I was about 20 years old. Then I married a man who didn't belong to any religion. And we started a family. A little while later, I found that I missed the feeling of being at church. There was something missing from my life. So I started going to church again, alone and pregnant. This was the beginning of my conversion. Slowly, over the next few years, and after having two children, I made some changes in my life and began to live the princeples that I had been taught my whole life. And slowly, I was converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ. After eight years, my husband was baptized. I never asked him to. I married him as he was and loved him as he was. But as I was becoming converted, so was he! We have since been sealed in the temple with our two children and have had one more.

How I live my faith

I have worked with the Cub Scouts, children, youth and adult ladies in the various callings I have held over the years. My favorite has been the one I have now. I work with the Young Women, ages 14 & 15. I get to teach them on Sundays, help plan and participate in weekly activities and go to girls' camp. I have found that by living the basic principles of the gospel, I am more at peace and have more freedoms. I am not even close to perfect, but I try to be better today than I was yesterday. I read scriptures daily and pray, then try to follow the example of our Savior, Jesus Christ in all that I do. Sometimes that means just holding the door for someone at the store or smiling at someone I pass on the sidewalk. It helps to remember that our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ love everyone, and so should I.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Jesus taught that everyone needs to be baptized to enter into the Kingdom of God. But what about those who never had that opportunity? What about the many people throughout time who have never even heard the name Jesus Christ? Are they just lost? Doesn't God love them, too? Of course he does! We perform proxy baptisms for those who have died and were not baptized by the proper priesthood authority during their life on the earth. Baptism is an earthly ordinance and must be done on earth. Then those who we are baptized for have the opportunity to accept or decline that baptism in the next life. God has given us the gift of agency and does not take it away when we die. Show more Show less