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Hi I'm Amy

I am a wife, mom, been a court reporter, paralegal, legal practice manager. The best things now are the grandkids! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 55-year-old wife, mom and "mimi" (since I don't like the "grandma" word), and I was born a Mormon. I had a strong, independent great grandmother, grandmother and mother, all members of the Mormon church, and I believe I am strong and independent also, while also being a wife. I have worked in the legal field as a legal assistant, paralegal and freelance court reporter, all the while raising a family with my husband. We have normal struggles, family and financial, but work through them with the help of our family and fellow Church members and our strong faith in a greater Plan. I love the quote of Mother Teresa where she said, "If there is no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." I believe that about each and every human being that is and ever was.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon first by birth, and then by choice as I learned the truth of the Gospel for myself as a learned and grew in the Church. As I observed those around me growing up, I was so grateful to have the Gospel principles to guide my life. I feel that by doing so I avoided so many of the pitfalls, heartaches and adversity that many young people experience because of their choices. Now as a wife of 36 years with children and grandchildren, I am more and more thankful for the truths and principles that help us life our lives. We are not without the problems and "bumps in the road" that everyone experiences, but the eternal perspective the Gospel gives us helps me look much farther ahead past these short-term struggles to a bigger picture where I know we will be together forever and someday be free from pain and heartache. We know that trials are allowed to befall us so that we can grow and learn and become more compassionate, accepting and loving to all our fellow brothers and sisters on Earth.

How I live my faith

I try to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ every day by reading the scriptures, praying and then treating everyone I contact each day like the Savior would treat them. I don't always succeed, but it is the ideal I strive for. I serve in the Church by teaching 9- and 10-year-old children on Sunday. I also have two women in our Ward area that I visit each month with my partner, another lady in our Ward. We are the support system for the ladies we visit in case she or her family become ill or need outside help in some way. They can call us any time, and we are there to help. I have two ladies from the Church who do that for me also. Our womens group is always finding ways to assist in our community. We have done many service projects for our local community as well as overseas. A man in our Ward was serving in the military in Afghanistan, and one project we did was to collect hundreds of boxes of school supplies for Afghan children who had none. We sent the boxes over and they sent back pictures and thank-you cards to us. It connected us with people on the other side of the world. We have helped crisis nurseries and shelters for battered women in our local community. We feel it is our duty to serve each other as Jesus Christ would have done. We believe very strongly in "even as ye have done it unto the least of these, my brethern, ye have done it unto Me." We have regular blood drives where many people participate, and our local blood service relies on our participation. The Church gives me meaning and direction in my life, as well as many opportunities to serve others, which helps me forget myself and any problems I may be having. I know this is what Jesus Christ would want me to do, and I know He will bless me for it. I know that I must "lose my life" to save it.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Amy
Most of the leadership opportunities I have had in my life have been in the Church. I think any Mormon man would tell you that the Church activities and forward motion would come to a screeching halt without the women! Women are involved in every aspect of directing the Church. Our Bishops consult often with the Presidency of our womens organization, the Relief Society, with the Presidency of our chlidrens organization, the Primary, and the Presidency of our youth organization, the Young Women (there is a Young Mens organization also). Women are equal in almost every aspect of the Church. As for the Priesthood, which only the men hold, women are greatly blessed by the men and the blessings of the Priesthood, and in that respect, the women participate fully. Show more Show less