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Hi I'm Amanda

I am a graduate from ASU with a degree in mathematics. I am a wife and a mom of four kids. I am a convert and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a divorced family with basically no religion. My dad never went to church and my mom's side were Presbyterian, but we were mostly attended church on the major holidays like Easter and Christmas. Even though I went to the Presbyterian church every now and then, neither of my parents seemed to convey any real beliefs during my upbringing. I was allowed to watch what I wanted on TV, I had a lot of freedom that I now look back on and realize was way too much for me at the time. Becuase of the lack of structure and guidance/supervision, I wasn't the standard of virtue that I should have been. Due to my bad repuation, I decided I needed to get away from my high school crowd and make a fresh start, so I moved across the country to go to college.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was taking some summer college courses, I met my future husband in a volleyball class. He was not the typical guy I dated, but when I met him and his family, I knew that I wanted my future family to be like theirs. His family seemed to be truely happy and enjoy spending time together. Coming from my background where there was plenty of fighting, I knew I wanted to know more. My future husband took me to the Temple visitor's center where I was introduced to the missionaries and I took the discussions. After listening to them, it just made sense to me. I felt like I understood more about life, why we were here, and was able to see more of the eternal perspective of things. I decided I wanted to be baptized, but I waited until after I got married because my family was opposed to the church and didn't like that I was goign to be getting married so young (I was 21). My parents encouraged us to live together first. We refused, but we had the civil marriage first so that they could all attend and we could do the traditional marriage things that they expected to be a part of. Three months later I was baptized and a year later we were sealed in the Temple.

How I live my faith

When I got my first calling in the church, I was in the Primary (classes for kids ages 18 months to 11years old). It was perfect. Not knowing a lot about the Bible and the Book of Mormon, it was the perfect calling for me to learn along with the kids I taught. It was a great built-in way for me to learn the basics from the scriptures. I served in several different age groups over the years and love being with the Primary kids. My callings also helped me prepare for teaching my kids. Having been around the different age groups, I was better prepared as to what I should be teaching my kids and what was appropriate for their age groups. Now I teach in the Young Women's youth program (youth ages 12-17). It was extremely intimidating at first, but I have grown to love teaching them. I was scared because they are the same age I was when I started making my major mistakes in my life. Now I feel that because of my past I can better appreciate what they are faced with or going through. I always try my best to lead them down the right paths so that they do not have to make the same mistakes that I made. I try to relate myself to the lessons and give personal testimonies about how I have grown and learned from my past. I learn from them everyday and know that I have been put in this program so that I will be prepared for when my children get to be those ages. Because of the classes I am teaching in the church, I will better understand the programs and classes my children will be attending and will therefore be better able to help them in their journies as they grow older as well.