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Hi I'm Amy

I’m a wife, mother of 5, grandmother of 18, retired school counselor, and currently a full time missionary in Historic Nauvoo IL.

About Me

I was born in Utah and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. I attended college for one year before getting married. I continued college for a while, but after my second child was born, I dropped out to be a full time mom. My husband and I raised 5 wonderful children. They are the joy of our lives. When my last 2 children were in high school, I started taking college classes again. Over the next 4 years, I took 44 credits of home study courses and additional classes at community colleges in my area. I graduated! When my youngest child finished high school and left for college, I started the road to receiving a master’s degree in Educational Counseling. Two years later I was finished and received an offer for a job as a school counselor. What a thrill! I am now retired and am enjoying being a wife and grandmother. I love hiking, swimming, reading, sewing, crafts, service projects, playing with grandchildren, learning, and visiting historical places like possible Book of Mormon cites. I love music, art, our beautiful world, sunrises, and America. I love people of all sorts and sizes. I love life!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. My parents were devoted to teaching their children the gospel, and so were their parents and their parents dating back to the early days of the church. However, the reason I have chosen to stay active and involved is because time and time again, life’s experiences lead me to it. I have studied scriptures and religious material most every day for the past 30 years. I have lived the principles taught by prophets both modern and ancient. I have also prayed regularly on my own, and with my family. I have vacationed in the Holy Land walking where Jesus walked. I have visited the sacred grove where Joseph Smith’s prayers were answered. I have regularly attended church and the LDS temple. Through it all, I have found peace and contentment. In the scriptures, we are promised that the Holy Ghost can confirm truth to us, and I leave you my witness that He has indeed done that for me. I may have been born into the church, but I am a member today because its truthfulness has been manifested to me Spirit to spirit. Please, don’t take my word for it—find out for yourself.

How I live my faith

I have served in the LDS church my whole married life and have no regrets. I will not profess that being a follower of Christ is easy. I don’t suppose it ever has been or ever will be. However, whenever there is a great reward, there is a price to pay. Some "callings" as we name our assignments were fun and easy, while most were challenging but rewarding. You may be surprised to know which of the commandments have been easy to keep. For example, following the LDS health code called the Word of Wisdom is easy if you never go down the road of getting hooked on addictive substances. Wouldn’t you like that for your children? Neither is paying tithing, or attending church each week particularly difficult. It is a way of life, and once you get in the habit, the toughest part is over. I have been kept busy serving and helping others--a great way to enjoy life. The hardest part for me is being faithful and humble enough to truly change and overcome my personal weaknesses. Christ loved everyone including his enemies. He controlled His thoughts and therefore His actions. He had the utmost integrity, virtue, love, and compassion. Those are my goals, and I’m delighted to say that I am much closer to reaching them having spent my life surrounded by good people and Christ’s teachings.

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

I admit that it sounds outrageous in our era—a man marrying more than one woman with the first wife’s consent and living as husband and wife with children in numerous households. How can that be the Lord’s will? However, if we were to ask Solomon or King David from the Old Testament why they indulged in plural marriage, they would probably answer, “For the sake of posterity of course.” They may even think it preposterous that we would question it. So, what sparked such a notion in the nineteenth century? Initially, Joseph Smith was praying to know how best to help and support the many widows in the church. These women wanted families, happiness, and prosperity not just charity or quick fixes. To my understanding, when first revealed, neither Joseph Smith nor any of the other leaders embraced the policy. In fact, they rejected it coldly. It took a great deal of faith and selflessness to accept it. Was it all about lusts of the flesh—evil, selfish men who enjoyed abusing women? Not at all! While reading personal diaries and church history I have witnessed very devout and courageous men and women. It was commitment to service and family, hope for a Zion society, and love of God and His precious daughters that drove them. As difficult as it was, many lives were blessed. Who are we to judge the thoughts and intents of these hard working pioneers widowed & driven from their homes time and time again? As a descendant of polygamist families, I am grateful for their sacrifices. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

I have served in many leadership positions in the church. I was president of the children’s organization for 3 ½ years. I was president of the women’s organization two different times for a total of 6 years. I was also an assistant to the presidents of varied organizations for many more years. In other words, I have worked side by side in leadership positions with many different men and women in the church for most of my married life. Throughout my service, I have noticed a central theme that is summed up in President Hinckley’s comment to Larry King in an interview with him. As I recall, when asked what the church does with the women in the Mormon Church, President Hinckley replied, “We give them an assignment and then get out of their way”. That is exactly what I have witnessed. As a woman, I have felt nothing but respect and equal voice while working and serving with men in the LDS church. In fact, it has been a pleasure. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

When it comes to homosexuality and the Mormon Church, there is an elephant in the room which I would like to discuss. As a retired school counselor, I have a unique view. Basically, it has become American educators’ agenda the past few decades to stop hate crimes against homosexuals through increased education of America’s youth. A conscientious effort has been made to train and teach familiarity & acceptance of these diversities. However, the tide has shifted. Currently in our society, anyone or group who doesn’t embrace the homosexual life style as normal and acceptable are often considered homophobes, bigots, and/or hateful. As members of the LDS Church, we are taught not to judge, but to strengthen & support each other in our trials. We believe that our Heavenly Father is no respecter of persons. He loves us all regardless of gender, race, strengths, or weaknesses. However, there are laws & truths that govern which are irrevocable. When we break God's commandments, there are painful consequences. For example, infidelity within or outside of marriage is selfish and will inevitably cause pain for many including innocent children. These are natural consequences whether or not we believe adultery is wrong. Family is central to the Creator’s plan, & the gift of procreation is wonderful & sacred. Homosexuality conflicts with family & bringing children into the world. Though all of us are loved by God, all behavior does not bring lasting happiness. Now you know both sides. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

I think that the ordinance of baptisms for the dead is evidence of just how much Father in Heaven loves all of His children. It would be so unjust to disallow any child of God back into Heaven simply because he/she was not baptized while on this earth because there are so many situations which make that impossible. Yet, Christ taught that we must be baptized in order to enter the Kingdom of God. Such a sweet and simple solution—this earthly ordinance of baptisms for the dead is performed by living members of the church for every person that we have knowledge of and that is legal and respectful. We are taught that this ordinance must be accepted by the individual on the other side in order to be valid because our Heavenly Father values agency and will never force the human mind. I think of the millions of children who died in infancy without having been baptized, and the horror the parents faced as they feared their innocent child would be lost forever. I think of the millions of children born in areas and times when the teachings of Christ were unavailable to them. I think of the millions of children who turned their backs on missionaries not truly knowing what they were rejecting. Modern day revelation teaches that if a person would have accepted the Gospel of Jesus Christ while on this earth if they had been given the chance, then they will be given the opportunity in the next life. What a marvelous solution and a sweet experience for members to perform this service. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

If you define a Christian as, “a follower of Christ” then we are most certainly Christians. The full name of the Book of Mormon is The Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Its purpose is to show the world that the same Jesus Christ of Nazareth, born in Bethlehem and crucified on Calvary’s cross is indeed the Savior of the world. The Book of Mormon reiterates and clarifies the teachings of Christ. A prophet in the Book of Mormon says in 2 Nephi 25:26, “And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” Apostles and prophets in our day teach that there is no other book that can bring us closer to Christ if we will study it and abide by its precepts. We also believe the Holy Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly, and we study the King James Version as we do the Book of Mormon and modern day revelations. Virtually, all of the study we do both at church and in our homes is for the purpose of bringing us to Christ and allowing the atonement to work in our lives so that we can become more like the Savior. If that’s not a Christian, then I am confused. What definition of Christian is being used by those who want to strip us of the title? Show more Show less

What is faith?

I want to talk about faith in a practical sense.One of our apostles explained that faith is as much a choice as it is a feeling.This statement struck me with conviction a few years ago, and I have been striving to be proactive about exercising more faith especially during hard times. For example, after an untimely death of a friend, I learned that I can literally choose between angrily blaming God for the calamities in life or worse—denying His existence and trusting that there is purpose in death and other challenges that we can’t understand right now. This change of mind literally allows peace to overcome anger and grief. A second example is when my testimony is challenged and I am uncertain about a principle of the gospel. I can study it out on my own considering what the scriptures say as well as modern day prophets. I can then pray for understanding, obey the principle, and the Lord does the rest making a weak point actually turn into strength. The last example is when I pray for something and don’t get the answer I think I want. I can choose to accept the Lord’s will trusting that Father in Heaven has something better in mind for me, and I must wait patiently for it. I have found that Father in Heaven knows me far better than I know myself. He loves me more than I can comprehend, and He knows the challenges that will bring me closer to Him. If I trust in those truths, then faith in Him will increase, and trials will strengthen my testimony rather than tear it down. Show more Show less