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Hi I'm Amber

I'm a young mother & wife. I'm a college graduate. I love sewing, training horses, and washing my kids' diapers. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have the most important and time-consuming job in the world: I'm a wife, mother, and home-maker. Although I have a Bachelor's degree, I choose to stay home with my little babies while my husband is working to provide a living for us. I spend my days cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, potty training, and watching Elmo's World about 15 times a day. Then, when time allows, I spend some with my husband, who works about 60-80 hours a week earning his Doctorate degree in dentistry. I like to "collect" hobbies, like sewing, painting, gardening, web design and graphic arts, and carpentry; but with the babies, dental school, and the poor economy, there's not much money for these pursuits, so right now my greatest hobby has become saving money! Most people would say that my daily life is pretty dull, monotonous, and generally undesirable, but I love it! I wouldn't trade it for anything! Our family has adapted and adopted a montra from Dave Ramsey, "live like no one else now, so that we can live like no one else later." Meaning, we're willing to struggle with our little ones and little income now, so that later, when our kids and income are bigger, we can really enjoy it!

Why I am a Mormon

I like to "blame" my friend that I'm a Mormon. I can trace all of the good in my life back to my decision to follow Jesus Christ by joining His church. And, if Brittany hadn't invited me to learn more about Him by listening to the missionaries, then I would have never made that decision. I was not raised in a religious family. My parents were not religious people, so they allowed us to investigate faith and religion on our own. I often felt that something was missing in my life, even though nobody in my family set a precident for needing religion. So, as a teenager, I started going to church with friends and relatives. I visited a lot of different churches, and looked into different denominations and non-Christian religions. Then, one day Brittany invited me to talk to the LDS missionaries. I hesitated, because I didn't want to feel pressured to join, or lose my friend if I decided that I didn't like her church; but I agreed. I had dinner with Brittany and the missionaries. They taught me about how every person on the earth has lived with Heavenly Father before we were born, how we took part in the War in Heaven, and how we fought against Lucifer so that we could have our agancy. They taught me how God loves us all, and has always given revelation to guide us. They taught me that God restored His priesthood through Joseph Smith, and that He still gives revelation today. They taught me how to pray, and told me that I have a right to receive personal revelation, or answers to my prayers. Then, they asked me if I would pray and ask God if what they taught me was true. I did pray, and I did get answers. I know that what this church teaches is true. I know the members mess up sometimes when we "fall off the wagon," and do things that we shouldn't. But I know that the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ leads this church through His prophet and apostles. And I know that anyone who asks Him with faith, nothing wavering, can know these things for themselves too.

How I live my faith

I generally live my faith quietly. I don't stand on street corners crying repentance or by handing out copies of the Book of Mormon while I'm grocery shopping. Most of the time I go about my normal daily life trying to do what Jesus has asked us to do: praying, teaching our children truth, being charitable, following His commandments, and keeping the covenants (or promises) we've made with Him. I try not to pass up opportunities to share the good news of Jesus Christ's gospel with others though, because I cannot forget the happiness and relief I have felt since Brittany and the missionaries shared it with me.

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

Mormons still dress in "Sunday Best" at church. Usually that means men wear suits or slacks and white collared shirts and ties. Women wear modest dresses or skirts. We avoid extreme styles or showing too much skin. And, we try to get our young kids to dress up for church too, although ties and bows may end up as toys rather than accessories! We celebrate lots of holidays, including our birthdays, anniversaries, and other events. Our favorites are Easter and Christmas, which we consider to be very spitirual because they are meant to celebrate the two greatest events of human history: the birth and resurrection of Jesus Christ, out Savior and Redeemer. We also celebrate national and regional holidays like Thanksgivings, Independence Days, Secretary's day, and New Year's Days. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

The church is against abortion because we are for children and for life. We believe that every person who lives on the earth is God's child, and that God wants each of His children to experience mortality. By choosing abortion, we choose to deny one of our brothers or sisters the right to be born, have a body, and live on earth. Everything we believe comes back to Heavenly Father's Plan of Salvation. Gaining a body and living here on earth are part of that plan. So, choosing to endure an unwanted pregnancy and allow someone else to raise the baby is preferred to abortion. In addition to blessing the child with those opportunities promised by Heavenly Father, adoption will undoubtedly also bless a couple who might otherwise never have children of their own. We also believe strongly in choice and accountability. Every choice we make has a consequence, whether good or bad. This is an eternal law. For example, choosing to have unsafe sex may result in an unwanted pregnancy, and we should deal with that choice whe way Christ would have us. Show more Show less