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Hi I'm Amelia

I grew up in upstate New York. I am currently married and have 3 boys ages 9, 7, and 3. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a Mormon home. I had 6 brothers and 1 sister -- as a result my sister and I stick together! We lived in upstate New York. I went to BYU Provo and met my husband there. We have been married for 14 years and we have 3 boys, ages 9, 7, and 3. We joke that if the 3rd boy had been born first we would only have 1 child. We have to stay young to keep up with him! In addition to being a wife and mother, I work full time from home for a large multi-national corporation. I have had opportunities with my job to travel all over the world. I have been to 5 of the 7 continents and 14 countries. My family has been able to travel with me on several of those occasions. I love being a mom of boys - including attending their sporting and school events! I play the piano, participate in a book club, love the ocean, volunteer at my childrens' school and recently joined a gym. Eventually, I would love to start a not-for-profit organization.

Why I am a Mormon

Since I was raised as a member of the mormon church, I have always known the beliefs. However, when I was around 12 years old, I did not know if I really believed what I had been taught all my life. I decided I wanted to decide for myself what I believed and not just attend church because my parents did. I read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints was where I should ground my faith. I received an answer to my prayer that it was. This was just a beginning. As I tried to live like Jesus Christ and follow His example, I have felt peace, comfort, and joy. I have also realized that the teachings of Jesus Christ have helped me to become a better person. I continually work towards improving myself and being a good friend, neighbor, wife, and mother. I am far from where I want to be, but as I look back over my life, I can see my progress in becoming the person I want to be.

How I live my faith

I teach the children at church and I love having the opportunity to get to know them every week. I also get to know their families. Children are fun and full of life and I enjoy being around that all the time. It is a nice break from work and gives me strength for the rest of my week. I love to sit down with my own kids and have a discussion about what they believe and why. I like to share with them why I believe what I do and how that belief guides me in my life. The beliefs of my faith make it easy to talk about the concerns I have for them and my belief that they can do and be anything. I love to cuddle them and talk about the day - their challenges, fears, successes, and happy times. As I travel the world, I realize how much we all have in common - how many of us want success for ourselves and our families. It has helped me to work hard to be a good mother so I raise children who will be good citizens in the world and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ to love others, be kind, and be giving.

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Amelia
We believe that our bodies are a gift from God and that He has provided direction on how we should treat our bodies to show our respect for the gift we have been given. This direction includes abstaining from sexual intimacy until we are married and dressing modestly. I teach my children by my own example in how I dress and behave. We also talk about how we can show respect for our bodies and other people's bodies - including not engaging in behavior that is harmful or risky to our bodies. We talk about the consequences of choices. If you make a choice, there are natural consequences to those choices. So, the choice they make is also a choice for the consequences of that choice and that they are responsible for those consequences since they made the choice. I like to use real life choices they are currently making and sometimes we role play what they can do in certain situations to make better choices. Making good choices allows them to have direction from God in their lives through the Holy Ghost - which makes it easier to make a good choice. Show more Show less