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Hi I'm Amy Jones

I am from rural Indiana where Mormons are not very common. I am a mother, wife, and elementary school teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a very busy woman! First and foremost, my husband and I are the parents of three kids ages 13, 11, and 8. In addition to everything I have going on at home, I work full time as an elementary school teacher. At school I am also an academic coach and PTO officer. Finding time for myself is very difficult. So often I feel like one of those circus acts that juggle lots of big things all at the same time.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because my faith is the magical force that keeps all the things I juggle up in the air and constantly moving. The gospel is what keeps me going and pushing forward. It helps guide me and lead me in paths that make my busy, crazy life so wonderfully happy. Life gets crazy busy, but I always have peace in my soul because I have strong roots in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that Heavenly Father loves me and at any time my life gets a little wobbly, I can just turn to Him to help me. This realization was not something that my parents taught me or something I learned in church as a kid. I found the church as a young adult. My life was out of control. I was going through some difficult relationship issues, I was confused about what I was supposed to be doing with my life, and I was ready to give up because it was too hard. That is when the missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints knocked on my door. They asked if I knew who Joseph Smith was. I said yes because a girl from high school had talked about him one day in our English class. The missionaries asked if they could come in and talk. I agreed. I began taking missionary discussions from that point on. They told me about Joseph Smith seeing Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in a grove of trees. I knew they were telling the truth. The more I learned about Christ and the gospel, my feelings of loneliness and despair were fading quickly away . The big empty hole in my life was filling up with the love from Heavenly Father. I know that He sends out missionaries and others to search for His lost children and bring them back into the fold. I know that the gospel is true and helps fill our lives with love and blessings. I know that I am strengthened by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending all my church meetings. My family attends Sacrament meeting every Sunday. I am a member of a Sunday school class. I am also the president of the Young Women's organization at our ward. My calling as a Young Women's leader is important because I have the opportunity to teach the gospel to teenage girls. We also work on activities to improve our relationships with our families. The young women learn skills they may need as adults. I learn as much from them as they learn from me. I also have a great pleasure in spending time with other women in the church. We visit with each other at church and at our homes. It is like I have a bunch of little sisters and big sisters! Another way I live my faith is by being a good example to anyone who is watching. At school I do not hide the fact that I am a Mormon. All of the teachers and staff know what my standards are and that they can ask me anything they want about the church. I live an open life as a Mormon in a community where there are very few of us around. I am not afraid to talk about church or to explain why I do certain things that others think is strange, like not drinking coffee or tea. I am proud of the fact that I am different from the crowd. I am proud that I am a Mormon.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Amy Jones
When I go to church I wear "Sunday Best." This means that I wear either a skirt and blouse or a dress. The clothes that I wear are very modest, which means that all my tops have sleeves and my skirts are past my knees. Of course I do not wear anything tight, sheer, or low cut. My girls have the same clothing standards as I have. My husband and son wear a shirt and tie with dress pants to church. As members we celebrate Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, birthdays, anniversaries, and other national holidays. Of course, like all Christians, Christmas and Easter are special because of their spiritual significance. Show more Show less