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Hi I'm Amy

I'm a wife. I'm a mother of two miracles. I love cheesecake. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the wife of a wonderful and supportive husband, and mother of two miracle children. I don't love to cook, but I do love to eat yummy food. I lived in Spain for a year and a half while serving as a full-time missionary and can speak Spanish now, sort of. When I was in college it took a while for me to find a major that I didn't dread studying and working toward. Then I realized that my passion in life is people--especially children, families, and marriages. I now have a degree in Family and Human Development and am a certified instructor for marriage enrichment courses. I worked for a university mentoring and training preschool providers. I currently spend most of my time in my own castle, and even though caring for young kids is really hard work, I still can't think of anything I'd rather be doing than helping my children grow and reach their potential.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a home where my parents were of different religious beliefs. My mother is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) and my dad has been a member of many different churches. Growing up, I learned a lot about different religions, and not only christian ones. When I was a teenager I remember a day when I had a strong feeling that I needed to decide what I would do and would not do in life. Around that time I decided to attend seminary (a class for high school age youth that teaches about the doctrines of the Church). I remember being challenged to pray about the prophet and find out for myself if he was truly a prophet of God. I prayed every day for years without an answer. But I continued to live by the standards of the Church and learn more about it because I felt good, confident, and happy doing those things. After a few years, I remember sitting in a meeting that the prophet spoke in. I had a rush of love and peace enter my heart. My many prayers had been answered. It was a simple feeling, but different than any I'd experienced. I knew at that point that it was all true. After that I started to realize that I'd had a lot of experiences to know it was true and good and right. I'd had times when I had read in the scriptures and found an answer to a question, I'd received guidance and peace as I'd prayed, and I'd felt happy and free as I'd lived the standards of the church and not just followed what "everyone" else was doing. Since then, I've had times when I've prayed for an answer to know for myself about the Book of Mormon, about Joseph Smith, and about the other teachings and standards of the Church and the answer has always come. Sometimes it's come quickly, sometimes it's taken more time. But it's always come at just the right time and in just the right way for me to understand and know that Heavenly Father is listening to me, cares about me, and will answer my prayers.

How I live my faith

I've lived in several different places and each place I've lived I've been able to serve and help in our congregation. I've been involved in the leadership of the women's organization a few times, which has given me chance to meet a lot of women and get to know them really well. I also have worked a lot with the children planning activities for them, teaching them about Jesus and the commandments, and loving them. In daily life I pray and read in my scriptures every morning before I begin the day. This helps me remember who I am, and how Jesus has taught me to be with others. I'm a work in progress, but I try to be a little better every day in how I am with my family, neighbors, and even strangers. I also attend church meetings each Sunday to have time to refocus myself on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to be strengthened in my commitment to live what I'm being taught, and to interact with other good people as we all try to help and strengthen each other as we all go through the ups and downs of life.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Amy
The temple is not secret. It's sacred. Our Father in Heaven wants us to be prepared to appreciate what we learn in the temple. We are baptized, learn, grow, live what we learn, and when we're ready we can enter the temple. The temple is a place of learning. The Lord's university. It is also a place where we promise to live the teachings of Jesus Christ. The Lord wants everyone to have the blessings that are provided there. But we do need to be ready and that preparation comes one step at time on an individual basis. Things are always more clear to me with analogies. I best understand this question through an analogy a friend told me years ago. Pretend I have a bushel of apples. You love apples and want to have all of them. If I throw the whole bushel at you, how many will you catch? A few maybe. What if I give you one at a time, you can savor it, enjoy it, and when you're ready have another one. How many can you have in that way? All of them in time. This was a simplistic analogy, but illustrates how the Lord desires for each of us to be able to have all the blessings he has for us. If he were to throw all of it at us at once, we wouldn't be prepared to "catch" everything. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Amy
Absolutely! It only makes sense. With so many different things happening in the world, why wouldn't we have a prophet right now to help us today? We need guidance as much as people in other times, and the Lord is the same yesterday, today and forever. He still communicates to us through a prophet. God cares about what's happening today in the world and will guide us according to what today brings. In the Bible, in Matthew 7:15-20, Christ gives a warning to beware of false prophets. Then he tells us of how to discern a true prophet from a false prophet. Why would he tell us how to recognize the difference between a true prophet and a false prophet if there wouldn't be true prophets? He tells us that "by their fruit ye shall know them". A true prophet produces good fruit. A true prophet teaches of things that edify and uplift individuals, families, and society. He teaches of Christ and of the things that Christ taught. He teaches Christ's doctrine. He is a compass provided by the Lord to give us direction in this confusing world, to help us safely navigate the storms of our day, and to help us understand the scriptures and the Lord's direction. He teaches of the things God wants us to know. Show more Show less