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Hi I'm Amanda

I'm a dancer. I'm a wife. I'm a mama-to-be. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up I tried out lots of different sports and activities but my true love is dance. I started taking classes when I was only 3 years old and once I was old enough I was offered a job as an instructor. It was the best job I could have asked for. On April 8, 2011 I was sealed to my husband for time and eternity in the Sacramento, California Temple and it truly was the happiest day of my life thus far. I have wonderful parents and a younger sister who over the past few years has become one of my best friends. I studied at a community college near my home for a couple of years and earned my AA. But I am looking forward to becoming a mother and devoting my time to staying home and raising my children. I love to travel and I love trying new things and I can't wait to see what the future has in store for me.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family that didn't ever attend church and while my parents claim to be Christian and believe in God, it was never something that was shown or talked about. When I was 16 years old a friend in one of my high school classes took a leap of faith and asked if I would like to come to church with them the following week. When I asked what church it was they told me that they were a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. At that point I didn't really understand the differences between all of the different churches out there because I had never really been to any of them. After some convincing I decided to go. I was so nervous when I actually got there because I didn't know what to expect. But everyone there was so kind and welcoming towards me that my uneasiness started to fade and I left there wanting to know more. So I continued to come back every Sunday. I thought it was true in my mind, but I hadn't yet had a conversion of the heart, until one night when I was reading in the Book of Mormon. I was reading in 2 Nephi 33 and once I read verses 10 & 11 if you haven't read them, you need to I was overcome with emotion. I was feeling the Spirit for the first time and it was testifying to me that the Book of Mormon was true and all I could do at that moment was get on my knees and thank my Heavely Father for bringing me to this church. When my parents found out that I wanted to be baptized they weren't too thrilled at all and said that until I was 18 I had to live by their rules. So I continued to go to church as a visitor for the next two years until my 18th birthday. A month later I was baptized and though it caused some tension in my home and a lot of unpleasant nights spent crying in my room, it was all worth it. I have never been happier than when I've had the gospel in my life and I have been so unbelievably blessed because of the choices I made. I know that this is the true Church and I wouldn't trade that knowledge for anything.

How I live my faith

Since joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I have had many opportunities to serve others and live the gospel. I spent some time teaching Sunday School classes for the young children 3-5 and that was a wonderful experience. Not to mention that we got to sing a lot and color every Sunday. I also got the chance to teach a class of my wonderful peers. What a sweet and kind group of sisters they are. And most recently I've had the opportunity to teach a group of wonderful 14-16 year old girls. I think I learn more from them than they do from me and they insprie me to be the best person I can. But the best thing we all can do in my opinion and something I try to do every day is to simply be a living example of the gospel and of the high standards that we set for ourselves in our everyday life.