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Hi I'm Amanda

I'm a recent ASU geology graduate who loves traveling, eating shaved ice, and long talks under the stars. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in geology and can't get enough of the outdoors. My absolute favorite thing to do is travel in an attempt to capture & understand a wide variety of cultures. I also love to analyze people, whether I have the opportunity to talk to them or simply observe them passing by on the street. My perfect day consists of a warm beach, an interesting crowd to observe, shaved ice, and my best friend next to me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon from day one of my life. This fact however, came to trouble me around the age of 19. I began questioning if I was Mormon simply because that is how I was raised and because by changing my religion I would be losing a huge part of my life. Was I just being a coward, unwilling to let go of what I had been taught to believe because it scared me? Was I brain washed? Did I simply believe in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because that was all I had ever known? I prayed to know whether or not the LDS church was true for over a year while I constantly stepped back and forth over the line between being Mormon or not. Then one day, when I least expected it, I was watching a video clip on marriage and I felt this strong wave of emotion flow through me as I realized that I believed in families being together forever. I knew that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was the link to me being with my current and future family forever. I know that people are happier when they are living the standards and lifestyles that the LDS church encourages- I've seen it change myself, my friends, and my family. I'm a Mormon because I know that it is what makes me happy and will always make me happy.

How I live my faith

I try to always set a high standard for myself, not only for the purpose of reaching my personal goals, but also to show others the potential that I hold as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Because I am a Mormon, I focus my time on education, music, and service. My religion and beliefs give me the motivation and faith to be a little better in everything I do. One thing I have discovered I enjoy doing is volunteering for a local program, run by the LDS church, that provides food and other basic necessities for families experiencing a rough patch financially. A sign hangs in my kitchen, reminding me every day that, "Because I have been given much, I too must give."

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

When we are modest- in appearance, in language, and in behavior- we are showing respect. As we are respectful, we show maturity and an understanding of morals. The knowledge that our bodies are created in the image of God is the foundation of this respect and morals which provides the motivation to never disrespect our sacred bodies. We do this by being modest and chaste- protecting our bodies from spiritual and physical damage. Parents, along with anyone else, can teach this principle of modesty by teaching the reasoning as to why we are modest and why we want to be as pure as possible. Show more Show less