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Hi I'm Amber

I'm a hairstylist, a wife and mother and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 3rd generation Arizonan and I come from Pioneer heritage. My mother is a convert and her testimony and faith is why I am who I am today. I'm the youngest of 5 children and now a mother to 4 kids of my own with my husband Russell. We both grew up in Mesa Arizona, attended the same schools although didn't know each other until after my husbands mission. I lost my oldest brother in a car accident when I was 18 years old and even though I had a testimony of the gospel, it wasn't until that time that I gained a true knowledge of the Plan of Salvation and of my Savior's true love for me. I miss my brother everyday but I know I will see him again, just as I will be with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ after this life. I have been doing hair for 10 years and I love the personal one on one time with each client. It's so wonderful to share life experiences and stories with them and occasionally talk about the gospel. I'm grateful to work from home so I can be with my children as they grow up. My dream would be to dance everyday. Dancing is my most cherished hobby but as time goes by it's hard to fit it into our busy schedule. I know it sounds cliche' but sometimes I sit back and think "man, I seriously love my life!" and I know that it's because of the blessings and testimony I have of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I don't want to know who I would be without it.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and my mom was the only active parent I had in my life until I was a teenager. She is a convert and her testimony, faith gave her the strength to raise 5 children in the gospel. My older brothers chose to serve full time missions for the church and it wasn't until then that my dad realized what he was missing in his life and then chose to reactivate and rededicate his life to our Savior Jesus Christ and His gospel. Going to seminary in high school and having wonderful Young Women leaders is what gave me the solid foundation for my testimony. I try to live my life in a way that would help me to have the Spirit of the Holy Ghost with me at all times so I can continue to have remanifestations of why I believe and keep my testimony growing. I know that the temple ordinances are real and eternally binding and through my faith and diligence to the Lord I can be with my husband and children throughout eternity and also to live with our Savior Jesus Christ again. I know that the Plan of Salvation is real and true and what a wonderful plan! To know that we will be with our loved ones again and that there is a marvelous work going on in the Spirit World to prepare for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. I have a real testiomony and sincere love for the Prophet Joseph Smith. I know that he was chosen before this world was to reorganize and bring back the gospel of Jesus Christ through divine revelation. I love and sustain our current Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson as the true and living Prophet and I know that he guides and directs us today under the council of Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ. The gospel gives me a happiness and fulfillment that is hard to explain but I know it's real and I know that Jesus Christ knows me personally and loves me and wants me to have happiness and success in all aspects of my life. I know I am a daughter of God and that He loves me and that is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Since graduating from highschool 11 years ago I've served and lived in 6 different wards. I love to help out where ever I can. I started in Primary teaching the 3 yr olds and that was so fun! To hear all their little voices and see their sweet and pure spirits was such a blessing. I worked with the Young Women who are ages 12-18 and that was always a blast. It was so great to teach lessons on Sunday and see and hear their testimonies and then also to have fun activities during the week whether it was quilting, playing games, going to support another girl in a play or other school activity or teaching them to cook, we always had so much fun and really created some great bonds of friendship. I served in the Primary Presidency and got to get a closer look at what it takes to run these organizations with meetings and planning, extra time on Sunday's sometimes, teaching all the children during Sharing time and doing it out of service since it is a voulenteer basis. What a blessing to have been able to get to know different people that I served with and to form friendships with them. My most recent calling has been playing the piano for 3rd hour Relief Society which is where all the women 18 and older get together for a lesson. It has been a very humbling calling and one I'm very grateful for. I took piano lessons as a child but never really got very good. I always loved playing Hymns but would never do it while anyone was singing or listening for that matter! I was very overwhelmed when they called me to play the piano, I felt very insecure and almost defeated before I even gave it a shot. I prayed and asked Heavenly Father to give me the comfort and ablilty to play if I promised to practice and put my faith in Him. I have certainly noticed a difference in my ability to play for others and I love my calling, sometimes it is through music that the Spirit can speak to our hearts.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Amber
We belive the bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. This is part of one of our Articles of Faith. The bible is a wonderful volume of scripture that we study side by side with the Book of Mormon. It was written by ancient prophets who prophesied and walked with the Savior Jesus Christ during his ministry on earth. We love the Bible and it's teachings and yes, regard is as Holy Scripture. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Amber
Obviously there were people living on different continents and parts of the earth at the same time as the prophets from the bible. Didn't they belive in a Savior? Didn't they want to know about God and who they were as children of a loving Heavenly Father? The Book of Mormon is the records and writings of people in the North and South American continent who knew about Jesus Christ and were also waiting for his birth and ministry. It is another Testament of Jesus Christ and goes hand in hand with the bible and it's teachings. They cannot be one without the other. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Amber
One of the things I love most about our church meetings is that we teach eachother. We have a bishop that presides but the meetings are so welcoming to anyone who wants to attend. Kids at the ages of 12 years old can also write a talk and share their feelings and testimony on a certain topic like "chastity" for example. This really lets you as the congregation get to know people in your ward on a spiritual level and you know we are all equal and all accepted no matter what your race, bank account, education or neighborhood looks like. Members are always so excited to have visitors and new members come to church to worship with us. We love our Savior and his Gospel and want to share it with anyone we can! Show more Show less