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Hi I'm Amy.

I'm a mother to 4, wife to 1, sister to 4, violin instructor to 8, aspiring swimmer, reader and ping-pong player. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the sunny, sweltering heat of Arizona as the penultimate member in a family of 12. My mother taught violin all the years that I can remember and somehow managed to teach all ten of us children music. From the time I was two I am told I would not forfeit my 1/16 size violin for anything, not even a nap, which left my mom on tenterhooks hoping and praying I didn't crush the poor thing. Fortunately, the instrument survived and so did my love for the violin. I began my violin performance education at Brigham Young University and 18 months later, transferred it to Arizona State University where I was able to finish my music degree and meet my husband to be. Nine years and four and a half children later, my husband and I find ourselves back in sunny Arizona, after a short but lovely three years in Virginia, toughing out the heat and myself trying to carry on the torch that my mom passed on to me. I have a small violin studio that includes two of my little girls and most days I love the challenge and rewarding feeling that teaching music brings me. In my spare time I like to read, swim, and scomp my husband in ping-pong (just about the only thing I can usually count on being better at). It's a fast paced life and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up having been taught the LDS faith with parents whose strong testimonies definitely influenced me. Likewise, I also had wonderful friends, many of whom shared my same beliefs but all of whom had set the same high standards for themselves. As a youth I always appreciated the safety and protection these beliefs and standards brought me. I recognized in those years Heavenly Father's guiding hand in my life. However, the real life lessons were experienced when I went away to college. It was at this time in my life that I had the opportunity to search out for myself whether or not I was going to not only accept the beliefs I'd been taught, but be able to apply them and be happy. These times of reflection brought me to my knees in sincere prayer and the result was an overpowering feeling of peace and a very sure knowledge that my Heavenly Father loved me. I will forever be grateful for that time in my life when another step in the solidity of my testimony was gained. Since that time, of course questions and trials still occur to cause that same reflection I experienced as a young adult. I'm thankful that I have that experience and many more to remember and assure me of my decisions. I love being a Mormon. It's a very happy way to live life!

How I live my faith

My church responsibilities include directing the choir, teaching Sunday School to the eight year old girls and visiting two women from church each month. It is through these and past church callings that I've gained a true appreciation for the organizational aspects of the LDS faith. I have witnessed the great successes that occur when principles of love are applied to each calling and have marveled at how well Heavenly Father is able to touch our lives and the lives of those we serve when we keep a willing heart. As a mother, together with my husband we set aside one day a week for a fun-filled evening as a family. This night includes a spiritual message, games, songs, sharing talents and of course yummy treats! While still young, our children LOVE this! I can only hope their enthusiasm will last into their teenage years! We also make it a priority to read from the scriptures and pray daily both as a family and as a couple.