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Hi I'm Amber

I'm a wife and mother. I'm a family travel writer and love to ski and hike. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a happily married mom of two who is a lover of laughter and life. I was raised in Canada and graduated from BYU in Broadcast Communications. I freelance as a journalist and had the thrill of my life when I was selected by Microsoft to be their accredited blogger at the 2010 Vancouver Games. In my spare time, I love to be outside with my family. We enjoy hiking, skiing, biking and traveling. Together with my husband, we love climbing Colorado's 14ers (14,000-foot peaks). We firmly believe that a family that prays...and plays together, stays together.

Why I am a Mormon

Living the gospel, reading the Book of Mormon and believing in Christ bring me JOY and purpose. I was raised in a loving part-member home (my mother was a member and my father was not) and I did not have a strong testimony. When I was a freshman in college, I participated in the Natural Science Field Expedition at Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho). I spent two months backpacking much of the western United States while taking religion classes and studying field and environmental biology. It was as we studied glaciers in Teton National Park, examined the rock sequences at the base of the Grand Canyon, sang "How Great Thou Art" at our nightly firesides and attempted to count the infinity of stars from our houseboat on Lake Powell that my testimony was borne. I finally recognized God's magnificent hand, the miracle of creation and my own role in His great Plan of Happiness started to unfold.

How I live my faith

Being Mormon is not a one-day-a-week religion and I'm so grateful that this dedication affords me the continued guidance of the Holy Ghost. Several years ago, I served an LDS mission in Geneva, Switzerland and was privileged to do a study abroad at the BYU Jerusalem Center that overlooks the Holy City. I am fascinated by world religions and truly feel honored to have been able to study in a place deemed sacred by Jews, Muslims and Christians. I've had the opportunity to serve in a number of capacities at church but I am happiest when I am teaching because that is when I learn the most. I am currently blessed to serve as an instructor to the 12- and 13-year-old young women at church. My little family loves studying the scriptures as well and we make that attempt every night before bedtime. During my nine-year marriage, we have experienced unemployment and significant health challenges. I've been so grateful for my testimony and the unfailing outreach of my fellow church members. There is peace in perspective and that is exactly what the restored gospel of Jesus Christ brings to my life.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

I've always been career-oriented and worked for a number of years as a publicist and adventure travel writer. When I got married and had children in my early 30s, my motivations were put into question by my peers. "How can you waste your education by staying at home?" "Don't you feel like everything you've worked so hard to build is for naught?" But I've never regretted my decision to put my family first. There are many misconceptions about the woman's role in the LDS church: that we are not equal and are subservient to men. This could not be further from the truth. One of the many reasons I am proud to be a Mormon woman is because I am revered, empowered and sanctified. I am truly grateful the gospel recognizes the divine roles of both men and women, which are each unique and sacred. Show more Show less