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Hi I'm Amy.

I've lived in North Carolina, Minnesota, Utah, Ohio, Colorado, and--briefly--St. Petersburg, Russia. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My proudest accomplishments are learning Russian, earning a master's degree at 22, and becoming a mother to four young children who revel in books, noise, and gratuitous messes. I work online as a writing tutor, I read everything I can get my hands on, and I write semi-lousy novels in my spare time. And I wouldn't mind a maid.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I believe it and because it brings me joy. My family life is happier because my husband and I both try to live our lives according to the teachings of Jesus Christ. It makes us more patient and loving towards each other and our children. Parenting has grown more complicated as my kids get older, and I am grateful for both personal answers to my prayers and clear, prophetic counsel that helps me know what to teach and how to guide my children. I've been blessed by the support network that the church creates throughout the world. I spent several months in the hospital before and after the birth of my premature son, and my church rallied around my family to help with childcare, meals, and emotional support. Equally as important, the church has provided me with opportunities to look outside myself and my own priorities to serve those around me. So I'm a Mormon because it makes my life happy, because whatever sacrifices I've made to live my faith have turned around to bless my life. And I'm a Mormon because I feel in my heart that the doctrine our church teaches is true. The blessings our doctrine brings into my life--blessings of close family relationships, honesty, chastity, service, repentance, and knowing that I'm a daughter of God and that He has a plan for my life--are precious to me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by rolling over in bed (usually without grumbling) when my husband leaves at 5:40 Monday through Friday to teach a religion class to teenagers from school. I live my faith by teaching the 16- and 17-year-old girls every Sunday and by planning activities to help them make it through their teenage years and prepare for adult life every Wednesday night. I even camp--CAMP--with my girls in the summer. I rejoice in our opportunities to serve the teenagers of the church, because I remember what an influence my leaders had on me at a time when I was more willing to listen to someone besides a parent. I live my faith by reading the scriptures with my young family and discussing what our family and church believe, even if the 3-year-old is jumping on the couch and the 5-year-old is thinking about a wrestling match. I live my faith by studying the scriptures myself, every day, and praying to my Father in heaven many times a day for guidance and direction as I try to live the best I can. I try to make my faith apparent 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by the way I treat people around me and the way I act when I'm not at church.