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Hi I'm Amy

I'm a Mormon. I make music, accompany, and teach, be Iron Woman active physically, and most of all, be a great wife and Mom.

About Me

One of my passions in life is providing for my children. We have four children, and one of them suffers from Autism. We have struggled, triumphed, and rallied around him as a family. I have found that these trials either make a family closer, or tears them apart. I am happy to say that every member of my family is proud to be connected to our sweet, mostly non-verbal 17 year old boy. Our first son got involved with an Autism organization and raised $17,000 to benefit them when he was thirteen years old. We loved it so much, we were asked to chair the walk in Seattle for the next four years. My third son just did a race to understand autism in our city. He raised over $10,000 in registrations and t-shirt sales. He was asked to be the teen ambassador and is loving having a turn to make a difference for his brother. I love being active physically and have done a lot of races over the years, but a few years ago, I did an Iron Man race to raise funds for Autism. It helps me feel fit emotionally and physically to handle the stresses of life. I will never forget my little daughter at age two, pointing to her brother, who was ten, and saying, "this is my little brother". It is amazing how quickly children understand and love through some of the hardest moments. We are bonded together pretty tightly around him. He is a rock in the middle of a very busy, crazy life, but we love each other, and I make the best of every day. There is always a silver lining!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true, and I am grateful that I have had a confirmation of that in my life. No day is complete without prayer. It starts and ends each day, it sanctifies my life, and helps me live with purpose. I can't imagine anyone saying that life is boring! There is so much to do each day. I love learning, I love connecting and talking about gospel subjects. I know that we are sent here for a reason. Each individual is blessed with unique talents, and I am grateful for the many things I have been able to do. I try to be an example as I am coaching my children in their sports. As a coach, everything you do is watched. How the leader reacts to challenging situations is vital. I try to build strong relationships among my teams, because I know that if they are friends on and off the court or the field, they will play better, work together better, and be more successful. I think this is true with families as well. As they build strong relationships, a forever bond will develop. This year I was awarded Volunteer of the Year from the Boys and Girls Club. They said they gave this to me because of the extra time I spent as a coach to develop unity and camaraderie with my teams. I know my teams play better and help each other more when we extend a true hand of friendship. I know that my relationship with God and Jesus Christ is like this. I need to spend time with them outside of church to make my life better. The more I involve them as a mentor, the more success I realize. It doesn't make my life trouble free, it makes it manageable, and gives it meaning. I love boating and took an engine maintenance class this year. I loved it so much, but it taught me many things, one of which is the importance of rolling up your sleeves, and getting involved. We need our Savior, He will help us if we try, but we have to put forth our best efforts and try so that our challenges will make us stronger.

How I live my faith

I love music and I have enjoyed serving many years as a music director for the children, in leadership with the youth and children, and most recently as the person who arranges music for our meetings and directs the choir. This is a new chapter of my life. I have taught many children to play the piano, flute, and sing for years. I have taught in several elementary schools part time as I have grown. I was fortunate enough to be able to teach ever since I was married and take my children to almost every job. My husband had them if I didn't, and I am grateful the Lord provided me a way to teach and still have my children around me. What a blessing! I know music is a vital part of learning. I have used music to bring me closer to my Savior my whole life. I can always change a mood with music, or teach with a purpose with music, and the joy it brings to my students is so unique and wonderful! Music is very powerful, and I know how it can lead people of any age into positive and negative choices. I hope that my children and students will always remember how important it is to keep music a positive influence in their lives. I teach at a private school and have had the opportunity to perform a nativity each year with my students. It has been so heart warming to see these children act and sing about the birth of our Savior. My music experiences as a Mormon have brought me joy and stretched me in new ways that I never thought I could do. I am still learning as a director of the choir. None of the members of our congregations are paid, so we do these things as a volunteer and as a labor of love. I love to travel and teaching children songs about Christ from all over the world has been a blessing to me. The spirit of God can be felt through the tender voices of not only children, but adults as well in the world. You don't need to be a trained professional to share our praises as a group through song.