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Hi I'm Amanda-Kate

I'm a middle child, I'm a wife, I'm a teacher for teenagers with Autism, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have always enjoyed and treasured knowledge and learning. I am a teacher by heart and career. I have taught 1st, 2nd, and 5th grade; and I am now enjoying a new career is special education. I am currently a mental health worker (teacher) for a private school for kids with Autism. I enjoy being around children and love working with them on a daily basis. I am married to a wonderful man who I think is the biggest Denver Bronco's fan I have ever met. We have been married for three wonderful years. We have grown closer together and closer to God. Soon after we were married we were excited to start adding to our family. We have tried for almost three years to have children with no success. After a year or trying we looked into adoption. With much prayer and pondering we decided that adoption would be the best way to add to our family. We are excited to add to our family through the miracle of adoption. My husband and I LOVE to travel. We just took our first cruise last year and had a blast! Our goal is to make it so all 50 states and all seven continents before we die. There is nothing better than being with family and enjoying the beautiful earth that God has made for us.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother joined the 'Mormon Church' (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints), when she was 17. My father also joined the church when he was an adult. After my parents were married for several years and had children; my father decided that he no longer wanted to be a member. This tore my parents apart. I was only 12 at the time. I had to decide which one of my parents was right. Was the church true or not? I knew that not both of my parents could be right. So I decided to find out on my own if it was true. I continued to go to church with my mother and I pay closer attention to what was being taught. I prayed and I read the Book of Mormon and the Bible. I always had a good feeling when I went to church with my mom. My dad started 'shopping' around for different churches. I went with him to a few, but I didn't have the same feeling as I did with the 'Mormon Church'. When I was about 13, Gorden B. Hinckley (The Prophet of the Church), came to Denver. I attended the meeting with my mother. As soon as President Gorden B Hinckley walked into the room I KNEW he was the prophet. I can still remember the tingling sensation that ran up and down my body as he entered. I knew he was called of God, and if he was truly the Prophet, then the 'Mormon Church' had to be true. From that day, I knew I belong to right church. This really is Jesus Christ's church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every single minute of every single day. My faith is not just a Sunday thing, it is a lifestyle. Not only do I attend church every single Sunday, but I am always looking for people to help and serve. I am always participating in service projects and helping people in need. I am also a "Ward Missionary", which means I work closely with the Church Missionaries and help teach others about the gospel. I talk to my friends, co-workers, and family members about my beliefs. I do this because I care. The gospel makes me happy and I want others I care about to be happy as well, and so I share with them. I follow all the commandments given to us by God. I obey the ten commandments as well as others. I do not drink alcohol, use tobacco, drink coffee, use bad words, or have sex or sexual relations outside the bonds of marriage. I love to serve and attend the Temple. The Temple is the Lord's house were we can participate in sacred ordinances (ceremonies) that will help us return to live with our Heavenly Father after death. There are over 100 Temples throughout the world. I spend time strengthening my family. Our faith has a strong family focus because we believe that families are bonded forever, not just while we are here on earth. I pray and read scriptures with my family daily, we attend church every week, and we have a family night once a week were we have a spiritual lesson and a fun family activity. Repentance is another way I live my faith. I know that I am not perfect and I have sins, and so I use the atonement in my life daily. I pray for forgiveness and strength that I can overcome my weaknesses. Through using the atonement in my daily life and praying daily I have developed a close relationship with my Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ. These are just a few examples of how I live my faith.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Family is so importance to us because we believe that Families are Forever. We are sealed and connected to our families through all of eternity, not just in this life. We believe we will live again with our families after death. Families are one of the very few things we can take we us after we die. We also know that families give us many experiences and opportunities to grow, serve, teach, and love. Families are a great support system and bring us happiness. "The family is central to God's plan for His children. It is also the central unit of society and the means for bringing children into the world where they can be loved, provided for, and taught through and righteousness" ("The Family: A Proclamation to the World"). Show more Show less