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Hi I'm Amy

I am a wife, a mother of four, a grandmother of two, a writer, a teacher, and a Biblical scholar. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for 34 years and I am head-over-heels in love with my wonderful husband. We have four children (now grown) and two grandchildren (twins), with one more on the way. The two great loves of my life are my family and the Word of God. I love the Bible and spend a great deal of time learning everything I can about it -- the culture, the customs, the history, the social and political contexts, the language, the literary aspects, the symbolism, and most of all what it teaches me about Jesus Christ and a loving Heavenly Father. I also enjoy swimming, hiking, keeping abreast of politics and current events, and cooking healthy foods. I love audiobooks. When I exercise, run errands, fix dinner, or fold clothes, I am usually plugged into my i-pod listening to a book.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have had powerful personal experiences where the Holy Ghost has confirmed to me the truthfulness of the Mormon Church. The doctrines are good and sweet and they make so much sense. They support and correspond perfectly with the truths of the Bible. For example, both affirm: Jesus is the Christ, God sends prophets to bless and direct His people, God’s hand is over all, by making covenants we draw closer to God and bring His power into our lives, and God is a God of justice, mercy, love, and grace. Living the doctrines and precepts of the Mormon faith makes me truly happy.

How I live my faith

Mormonism is not something I do just on Sundays. It permeates my whole life in wonderful, joyous ways. Because we believe that families are forever and that families are the most fundamental unit of God’s kingdom, every time I nurture, love, and strengthen my family, I am living my faith. Because we strive to be like Christ, every time I choose kindness, integrity, and forgiveness, I am living my faith. More formally, I attend church each Sunday and hold church callings – positions of responsibility and service that are performed without pay. Currently, I serve in a leadership role in the Church’s organization for women. In addition, I have spent the last fifteen years teaching college-age and twenty-something young adults religious education. It is an incredible privilege to help my students see the power, beauty, and relevance of God’s Word and to help them experience the love of the Savior.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

As one of our Church leaders has said, "Does salvation come by grace, by grace alone, by grace without works? It surely does, without any question, in all its parts, types, kinds, and degrees. We are saved by grace, without works; it is a gift of God. How else could it come?" (Bruce R. McConkie, Brigham Young University Fireside and Devotional Speeches, 1983-84, p. 47). Truly, we believe in grace. I have tasted of the love of God and desire with all of my heart to dwell forever in this love and with God's approbation. Yet, I am so aware of my failings and sins. The scriptures teach that "no unclean thing can dwell with God" (1 Ne 10:21, see also 1 Cor 6:9). How is this chasm bridged? Through the grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I am so grateful for this magnificent gift of grace. While this gift is free and not earned, it still comes with conditions. We must do all we can to receive this grace. We must enter into saving ordinances. We must try our best keep God's commandments. This is in complete agreement with Paul who frequently stressed the importance of righteous living. As one scholar (who is not Mormon) wrote, "The issue is not salvation by works but works as the irrefutable evidence of a person’s actual relationship with God. Salvation is by faith, but faith is inevitably revealed by the works it produces." (Robert Mounce, The Book of Revelation, New International Commentary on the New Testament, p 376.) Show more Show less