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Hi I'm Amanda

I'm a missionary. I love to smile and laugh. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love life! I believe that every day should be lived to the fullest. I am quite the optimist at heart... to me, the glass is never half-empty. In fact, it's more than just half-full... it's overflowing! I grew up in Tooele, UT - a city about thirty minutes outside of Salt Lake City. I am the second of three children - I have a brother that is two years older than me and a sister that is two and a half years younger than me - so I am smack in the middle. I absolutely love my siblings and my parents! Most of the memories I have with my family growing up revolve around one thing - SOFTBALL! I grew up playing softball and for most of my youth, I ate, drank, and slept softball. My parents coached my younger sister and I. Between all of us, we've got more strikes, balls, outs, innings, wins, and losses than I could ever count. I think it is from my these experiences playing softball that I learned a lot about life and about myself. As coaches, my parents taught me to take life "one pitch at a time" and that "attitude is a decision." My parents and softball, the world's greatest sport, are in large part what made me who I am. One of my favorite things is curling up with a good book and a blanket... there's nothing like getting lost in another world! I am also passionate about learning... I don't think it is possible to learn too much! If you know me, you'll know that my two favorite things are SMILING and LAUGHING. Life is so good, why shouldn't we smile? Why not laugh? :)

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in Utah, I had a lot of exposure to the LDS Church. Most of my friends, neighbors, and classmates were all members of the church. My family, however, practiced our faith in Jesus Christ and our belief in God in the Catholic church, so I never had much interest in the LDS church. I attended mass each week with my family and it is there that I began to learn about God. Some of my earliest memories involve my mom gathering my siblings and I beside our beds each night to say our prayers. I knew about God from an early age and owe a lot to my parents for giving me that foundation. For most of my life, I was content in the Catholic church. I was happy with my beliefs and didn't feel the need to search further. However, when I was a freshman at Utah State University, I had an experience that changed my life. One night, a friend told me of his conviction that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was truly God's church on the earth and he then invited me to read the Book of Mormon. The moment my friend shared his testimony with me, the Spirit struck a chord in my heart - I wanted to know for myself what the truth was. I proceeded to read the Book of Mormon and began meeting with missionaries. Over the next few weeks, I spent hours in prayer, pleading with God to help me find the truth. After much study and prayer, God answered my pleading through the power of the Holy Ghost. I knew in my heart - without any doubts - that the Book of Mormon was the word of God and that the gospel of Jesus Christ had been restored through a living prophet. I still remember the moment I received that witness of truth - the joy I felt in my soul has sustained me ever since. A few weeks later, I was baptized - one of the most special days of my life. Now, 3 1/2 years later, I am still a Mormon because of the witness from the Holy Ghost that this is Christ's church. I have come to know the Savior more deeply and have experienced more joy than I thought was possible.

How I live my faith

Right now I live my faith by serving as a full-time missionary in the Texas San Antonio Mission. I love helping others to feel the same joy I have experienced! There is nothing more special than watching others grow deeper and more profound relationships with the Savior, Jesus Christ. I love helping others learn about and live the gospel of Jesus Christ!

What is being a Mormon like?

Amanda
Being Mormon is simply... joyful. Since becoming a member of the Mormon church, I have experienced more happiness than I really thought was possible. I think that the best part about being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that it has enabled me to catch a vision of myself as a daughter of God. Our potential is infinite! How empowering is that? God believes in our ability to do and become many good and great things... and He will help us get there! Being Mormon helps me to become what I want to be and helps me to reach the potential God has for me as His daughter. Show more Show less