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Hi I'm Amy

I'm a music-loving, outdoors girl who is taking a break from nursing patients to nurse my four little kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I studied nursing in school and had just completed my LPN when my first daughter was born. Not living by any family to support us, I knew that I did not want to spend the first year of my baby's life in school all of the time. I made the decision to put the dream of school on hold for a while and to be at home with my daughter. At the time, it was REALLY hard and I felt like I was giving up a lot. Now, 10 years and four babies later, I can't imagine all of the beautiful, fleeting moments I would have missed if I hadn't been with them. And, as far as education? I have been on a HUGE learning curve since day one! Everything from nursing, teaching, finances, human development, interpersonal relationships, management of time and household, culinary arts, etc..... I have figured out that you can learn pretty much anything if you give it a shot! I love music, especially playing the piano and singing. We sing silly songs all of the time at our house. It helps to relieve tension and bring a smile. Sometimes we even dance! We have FUN together! I love being outdoors with my family. It is soothing to my soul to be surrounded by the beautiful creations of God. I also find joy in "nursing" people and helping fill the needs that I see around me. I believe that God uses us for good in this way. When my kids have moved on in their lives, my dream is to finish my degree and spend my retirement years with my best friend (my husband) traveling the world and nursing people.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents raised me in the Mormon faith and always showed a strong, happy example of disciples of Jesus Christ. I always believed what I was taught and as I grew, so did my convictions that this church was good and true. I had many small experiences through the years where I felt the Spirit of the Lord in my life: at church meetings, during family scripture study, and in times of needful prayer. I felt the desire to serve God's children as a missionary. I thought I should be asked to serve in Africa somewhere, as that would correlate perfectly with my desires and training to be a nurse. "Not so", said the Lord, and I was called to the France, Paris mission! Shocker! The Lord surely knew how many wonderful people of the African nations I would meet in France and I was dually blessed to love both the French and the Africans. It was during this time of training for France that I had a keen desire to have a special conversion experience. How would I explain to people that I knew that Mormonism was true? One night, I knelt by my bed and prayed the most fervent prayer or my life and REALLY waited and listened for an answer. What came to me was an undeniably strong feeling of warmth and love that entirely enveloped me. I felt that God's presence was upon me and that He was mindful of me. He desired for me to have a witness from Him that the gospel I would preach was true.......everything about it was true. That feeling is seared into my soul and I can recall it at any time. I have since had other such experiences with prayer and receiving answers at time when I needed them. I have continued to live by God's commandments and have seen the blessings that come from doing so. Living Mormonism is happiness! It is peace and steadiness in a world of strife and ever-changing ideas. I am so grateful to have the truth to give my kids when they come asking questions. I plan to be the faithful and sure parent that I have been lucky enough to have my entire life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day by trying to be a good wife to my husband and a good mom to my kids. They come first in everything! If something is failing at home, then other things have to drop out of the picture so that we have time and energy to fix it. I also LOVE teaching the youth of the church and have been so pleased to do that a lot. Youth summer camps have been especially fun and rewarding experiences! Right now I just started teaching singing to all of the kids at church on Sunday. Augh! Just because you can sing, doesn't mean you can teach it! Hence, I am on another steep learning curve, but I think it's going to be fun. I love music! I am blessed to be able to sing with the Colorado Mormon Chorale and my talent has grown through that experience. We share the gospel through our musical programs in many different venues. Of course, I just try to be a good member of my community by volunteering at my kid's school, being a great neighbor, helping out with service organizations in our town, voting in elections, and just being a nice person who will stop and help where needed or who will strike up a friendly conversation at the park or at the store. I think that if you are really trying to be like Jesus Christ, you will do a lot of good things each day for any number of people and......the bonus is that you will be REALLY happy yourself! Living my faith is a HAPPY lifestyle. Not without trials, of course. (Are you kidding? I have four small kids at home - and a puppy! Sometimes just gathering the strength to get through another day gone chaotic is a trial!) But there is always, always an underlying sense of true contentment, peace, and surety. I think that those things are invaluable in today's world.