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Hi I'm Amanda T.

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from BYU in 1999 and have been working as a kindergarten teacher for most of my career. I love what I do, though it has many challenges. I live in beautiful Colorado and enjoy being outdoors with my husband. We hike, bike, camp , cook outdoors-- and I usually try to stay in shape by running. I love to read, especially non-fiction. I most recently read a work of non-fiction entitled, "Unbroken," that really left an impression on me about making my life the best it can be.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Mormon church all my life. I grew up going to church each Sunday and living the gospel taught within the scriptures and at church. However, it wasn't until I went to college at BYU that I actually gained a testimony of the gospel. I was required to read the Book of Mormon for a class -- something I had never done before. I was excited by the challenge. There was so much I didn't grasp about the Book of Mormon when I was taught from it as a youth. I had a great desire to read it when I was 18 and realized how much of it I had "missed" as a younger person because I never took the time to read it seriously. I gained a testimony of it as scripture and I continue to read it. I choose to be a Mormon because my heart and mind tell me that it is right. I know when I follow the teachings of the Church, I am a happier person, I am more confident and more optimistic. I know that living the gospel is the only way to reach real happiness in life. I want to feel close to my Heavenly Father and Savior, and I do feel close to them when I live the gospel. There are so many ups and downs in life, and what gets me through the lower points is knowing I have a Father in Heaven who I can talk to. I know He hears what I have to say and is willing to give me answers. I am learning to see his answers and direction in my life.

How I live my faith

On a personal level, I live my religion by reading from the scriptures each day and by praying each day. I know that I feel better about myself and my day seems to go smoother when read and pray regularly. My husband I read from the scriptures together each day also. I feel that our marriage is stronger and we are a happier couple when we do this regularly. At church, I work with the youth in my ward. I am a leader in a youth group called "Young Women" -- girls ages 12-18. We meet for a lesson on Sundays and then during the week, we get together for an activity. We do lots of fun things as a group and build each other up spiritually. The Young Women in my ward have testimonies and show strength of character by continuing to live the gospel, even when it is not "easy."