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Hi I'm Amber.

I love music. I intend to get a book published some day. I'm heading to college soon, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I really love to read, write, draw, and listen to music. My favorite bands include the Shins, Vampire Weekend, Jon McLaughlin, Owl City, Panic! at the Disco, and Phoenix. I also like movie soundtracks, and my favorite composers include James Newton Howard, Thomas Newman, and John Powell. As for books, I love Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, the Books of Bayern, and a bunch of classics. My current favorite is probably the Hiding Place. I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. I was homeschooled for most of my life, and began taking college classes at the age of sixteen. I was able to transfer with a boatload of credits, and am now considered a junior in college. (I'd only count myself as a sophomore, though--because I wound up switching my major.) I started college as a Web Design major, almost switched to Graphic Design, then prayed about it and decided to become an English major, instead. I enjoy it a lot. I have four younger siblings, a brother and three sisters. I also have an older half sister, who lives in California, and hasn't lived with my family in more than ten years. My parents have been married my whole life, and both work very hard to support my siblings and me. I love and miss my family a lot.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised as a Mormon. My parents are Mormons, all my siblings are Mormons, I've got Mormon cousins and Mormon aunts and uncles and a few Mormon grandparents.... In the beginning, I knew it was true. It's always easy to believe this sort of thing when you're a little kid. You really don't doubt what your parents and church leaders tell you--especially if everyone around you is saying the same thing, and telling you it's true. These are people you love and trust, right? You should believe them. So you do. When I got older, though, it wasn't so easy. I couldn't rely on the testimony of others anymore. I had to find out for myself. I continued to go to church activities, and acted like I had a testimony--when in reality, I didn't even know if I believed it. I wanted to--because, really, there's nothing bad about this church. They teach good, happy things. Even if it wasn't true, the principles are, and I knew that. What I wasn't so sure about, though, was if God even existed. I went through some emotional difficulties in high school, and they left me uncertain about everything I once knew was true. One night, I was talking to my mom. I had been working on my college application and had just one part left--the interview with my bishop. I felt unusually nervous about it, because I still didn't know what I believed. Finally, I told this to my mom. Trying to help me, she said, "Well, okay. Imagine if God came down and told you that it WASN'T true." As she said this, I realized how wrong that felt. God wouldn't say that, because it was true, and I knew it. It wasn't the point she was trying to make, but it stuck out to me. I DID have a testimony. Since then, I haven't really questioned it. I've always known it was true, but took a while for me to realize that. The principles are true. The Plan of Salvation is happy and optimistic. The thought of living with God again after this life is a wonderful one. And so I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I've been attending BYU Idaho. We have something called the Honor Code here, which helps us to live the Gospel. We're also required to take a religion class every semester, and steadily, I can feel my testimony growing. Now that I'm an adult, I have callings at church. I try to fulfill those callings faithfully, though it's a little tricky sometimes. I've worried in the past that I wouldn't be good enough for a calling, or struggled with the assignments entailed with the calling. The Lord has helped me, though, as I've striven to live His commandments. I've been working on reading my scriptures every day. I've noticed that when I do this, I'm happier, and life goes a whole lot smoother. I can keep up on my homework better, and I can feel the Spirit more strongly in my life.