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Hi I'm Amy

I was born with a congenital heart defect. I grew up in California. I'm a wife, and mother of 3. I am a teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and mother to three small kids. I am a stay at home mom, but I also have a small preschool that I teach out of my home. My husband and I met in college and since being married, we have had the opporunity to live in a few different places and have met many different people. I love to cook, travel, hang out with family and friends, go on dates with my husband and play with my kids. I feel like I am an open book and love to talk to people about everything. I was born with a congenital heart defect. I have had four open heart surgeries, and many many experiences pertaining to this disease. I have just recently been able to talk to and get to know other people and families dealing with this and love feeling like I can help in some small way. Especially to parents of children facing a lifetime of doctors appointments and life changing decisions.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church, with loving supportive parents, who led by example. My mother was a convert and the only member of her family. Even though I was raised in the church I feel that I learned early on what it meant to be a Mormon, and how I might be considered different or peculiar because of our beliefs, because I was often surrounded by those who were not of my faith. I learned to stand up for what I believed in and what I was taught, by my parents and church leaders. Though, I truly gained a testimony when I moved away from home and went to college. While in college, I started to have some heart issues and was in the hospital off and on. I truly gained a relationship with my Father in Heaven, lying in a hospital bed all alone. I realized that I was not alone and that I have a Father in Heaven who knows me and loves me. I am grateful for my parents and the examples they are to me, but I am a Mormon because I know this church is true. I know that Joseph Smith restored the Gospel on the Earth, and that we have a true Prophet of God on the Earth today. That Jesus Christ suffered and died for me and that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is definitely a lifestyle. I try and live my faith everyday. I am not perfect by any means, but I try. I am definitely a believer in the phrase, "be in the world, but not of the world." I try to be involved at school and in my kids various activities outside of the church, as well. I think that part of being a Mormon is to live by example. I have lots of friends and family who are not Mormon and I hope that when negative things are being said about the Mormons, they will be able to think of me and the kind of person that I am trying to be. We are very active in our ward and appreciate the sense of community and friendship it provides. Right now, I am able to work with the Young Women in our Ward. I love being involved in some small way in their lives. They are so strong, and it is so great to be able to watch them grow up and make right choices. I know that I would not be where I am today if it was not for the Gospel.