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Hi I'm Amanda

I love to sing. I know God communicates with His children.

About Me

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in a loving family. We frequently sang together, spent time outdoors, read together, and invited others into our home and lives. I try to continue this pattern with the family I am raising. My husband and I have four children, ages 13, 11, 8, and 2 years. One month after graduating from college our first child was born. We decided we would all be the happiest if I chose to stay home and care for him full-time. I have been grateful for that decision ever since- I love raising children! I also enjoy many hobbies including gardening, sewing, exercising, art, writing, and reading.

Why I am a Mormon

I choose to continue to be a member of Jesus Christ's church because it blesses my life. Through membership in His church I am blessed with the Gift of the Holy Ghost, which means I have the constant companionship of His Holy Spirit guiding me through life. I also am able to partake of the Sacrament every week and repent for what I do wrong. I have been given the opportunity to enter into sacred covenants that seal me as a child of Heavenly Parents and bind me to my family forever. I also have the privilege as an active member of His church to associate with the most wonderful people on earth.

How I live my faith

The teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are true down to every last detail. I have been given an undeniable testimony of this. Therefore, how can I help but follow them? I recognize that I am dependent upon God for everything I am and everything I have. I depend on Him and pay respect to Him each and every day: I pray several times a day, I repent constantly and try to pattern my thoughts and behavior after Jesus Christ's, I care for my physical body, I teach my children to be happy and grateful, I try to befriend and love every person around me. The bulk of my time is spent caring for my young family, which is a huge part of what we believe is right and worth doing!

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

God commanded early leaders of our church to practice plural marriage, and allowed other members of the highest moral character to voluntarily enter into it. While we may not understand all of God's purposes, we do know that every command God gives is for the ultimate happiness of his children. The men and women who were required to live the law of plural marriage as it was given for the time, were given the ability to meet its challenges. Every individual is equally loved by God, and every individual is offered the same ultimate blessings as every other. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Gender differences give men and women the opportunity to depend on one another as well as serve one another. Men need women as much as women need men- it is a perfectly beautiful design! The Priesthood duties given to men help them develop their best qualities. As the wife of a Priesthood holder, I have access to all of the blessings that the Priesthood has to offer. I have had leadership positions over men and women, and I have women and men in leadership positions over me. As our responsibilities regularly change within our congregations, we are all given opportunities to lead as well as support. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

I am indeed a Christian! I love, follow, and worship Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ who was born in Bethlehem and died on Calvary; Jesus Christ who was chosen to be our Savior before the world was; Jesus Christ who lives today and guides His church; Jesus Christ who will come again to personally reign on this earth. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Service in the Lord's church is a privilege! Each individual member is given access to the truths of the Gospel, we are all schooled in universal doctrine. When we are called to a position, the Lord gives us the ability to fulfill the inherent responsibilities. Because callings (assignments) regularly change, we have opportunities to teach and learn from one another. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Eternal life is self-sustaining happiness. It is eternal progression. It is a continuation of relationships, creation, and everything good, forever. Show more Show less

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

What we do in our Temples is no secret, but they are sacred places. Only members who are fully committed to live the Lord's commandments and are in good Church standing may enter for worship. This motivates members to keep their lives pure, and ensures that the Holy Spirit can fill the temple with peace. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

We have the power as members of our community to decide what we will tolerate in our businesses. We can approach store managers when we see a magazine or poster that is inappropriate and ask them to remove it. We should enlist others to comment as well. Businesses will respond to what their customers want. Show more Show less