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Hi I'm Amanda

I am a mother of three born and raised in the United States. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

Hello! I am Amanda and I am a hardworking mother of three small children. I am lucky enough to be able to stay at home and raise them full time right now. Before my kids were born, I taught elementary school. I loved doing that and I feel it prepared me for being a mom. I graduated from Brigham Young University, which is also where I met my Husband of almost 10 years. I love to read (my husband thinks I may need to join a group for reading addiction someday). My dream job would be to be a school librarian or even open a small bookstore. I enjoy playing outside with my kiddos, scrapbooking, and spending time with family and friends. I love to bake treats, but hate to cook dinner. And I absolutely LOVE Football and watching BYU play any sport. Raising three kids under the age of 6, there isn't a lot of time for anything else!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to a mother who was a member and a father who was not. My mom was incredibly hardworking and took my brother and I to church and all activities alone for 7 and a half years. I can remember being very young and playing with stickers on the side of the room with my brother while my mom attended meetings and going with her to serve others. I think that watching her taught me early on that the church must be true- if she was willing to do all this, without complaint, she must really love the Savior and this Gospel. As my 8th birthday came closer, my Dad decided to take a closer look at the Church. The missionaries began teaching him and he slowly gained a testimony of the Gospel. My baptism at 8 years old was especially memorable- it was the day my Dad and I were both baptized. I think it is hard to describe exactly when you gain your testimony. It isn't really one big event. It is a bunch of small things all linked together. It was the feeling I got when I stood in the Sacred Grove where Joseph Smith saw God the Father and his Son. That undeniable feeling that this place was unlike any other. It was the feeling I got when I was troubled and alone and praying for help. The feeling of arms being wrapped around me. It was the moment in the temple when I was being Sealed for Time and all Eternity to a wonderful and worthy man. Every time I feel the spirit, receive answer to prayer, or hear the Prophet speak, my testimony is strengthened and I know I am in the right place.

How I live my faith

This is definitely not a church for slackers! Just as the Savior worked tirelessly on the Earth during his ministry, there is so much opportunity for growth and service in the church. It is a way of life. I have spent time teaching, working with the youth, setting up and planning activities, even holding book clubs at my home. Currently I am blessed enough to work with the Primary Children up to the age of 12. It is more work than I think I have ever been asked to do in the Church. I think because you feel the weight of the responsiblity to make sure that these Children are being taught correct principals and learning to love God and the Savior. I think of how much the Savior loved children and I know that we will be held accountable for their instruction. I love their sweet faces each Sunday and their innocent (and sometimes hilarious) answers to our questions. I love to hear them sing! I can't imagine the hosts of heaven can sound any sweeter. The church has allowed me to meet some of the best friends of my life and to participate in some amazing actitivites. From pulling a handcart across the desert like the pioneers to live Nativities at Christmas and visiting the sick. Bringing dinners to those who have had babies and making dresses for young girls in Africa. There is little in my life that my Faith does not touch. But mostly it is in the small lessons that I get to teach my own sweet children everyday. When they ask a question about heaven or honesty or why there are people who do bad things. I get the opportunity to teach them. And I hope that they will see the blessings that service have brought our family and know that

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Amanda
Mormons celebrate most holidays like everyone else. We have birthdays parties, anniversaries, and we trick or treat. Christmas and Easter are obviously the most significant because they deal with the Savior's birth and Resurrection. Sometimes we hold church activities outside of church that center around other holidays like Independence Day. For Sundays, we try to dress in our nice clothes- Suits, skirts, dresses, etc. Because Sunday is a day set apart from the rest and a day of reverence, we dress differently than we do the other days of the week. Even our small children wear dresses and collared shirts. I know for my children, it helps them remember to be reverent. Show more Show less