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Hi I'm Amanda

I'm a native Las Vegan, the 5th of 7 daughters, a wife, a neuroscientist, a Christian, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Las Vegas, the 5th of 7 daughters. We don't have any brothers but now that we are all married there are plenty of brothers-in-law. I was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which I am grateful for. As an undergraduate I majored in Biology Teaching and minored in English. After graduating I served a full-time mission in Santa Rosa California, which was fantastic. I met my husband soon after returning and married him about a year later. Right after getting married he began working and I started graduate. I completed my Ph.D. in neuroscience, then did a post-doctorate in memory research, and am now teaching at a local university. My husband and I do not yet have any kids, but we are trying to adopt. We enjoy the outdoors a lot - camping, gardening, hiking, kayaking, disc golf, walking/running our dog, etc. We also enjoy playing games, traveling, and just hanging out. We really enjoy our lives.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are Mormon and raised me as one. But I still feel that I am a convert. As I teenager I really wanted to know what church was true. I wanted to know for myself if the church I was raised in was God’s church, whether The Book of Mormon was scripture, whether Joseph Smith was a prophet and had really seen God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, whether there was a living prophet on the earth (President Gordon B. Hinckley was the prophet at the time). I prayed, searched the scriptures, and tried to listen for answers. And I remember when those answers came. Once I knew it was true I had an increase of peace, joy, and direction. Years later I served a mission – I spent 18 months daily sharing the good news of the gospel. When I had just two weeks left of my mission I was questioned about my testimony. That was not unique, our testimonies were questioned regularly as missionaries. But for some reason this particular time shook me. I started to question myself and all the truths I had been teaching. I questioned it all. The first conclusion I came to was that I knew God lives and loves me, and so does His Son. I then questioned whether I would be strong enough to leave the church if I found it wasn’t true. This was a harder question – all my immediate family is member, the majority of my friends are, and I had just spend 1 ½ years teaching people about the church. But I decided that yes, I was strong enough – if it wasn’t true I would leave and go in search of the truth. And then my testimony returned and the surety I had developed before was back. I know this is God’s true church, that Jesus Christ is the head of it and speaks to us through His prophet - and that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live through my faith. My faith is so much a part of who I am that I do not know who I would be without it. Jesus Christ is my example in all aspects of life so I try to pattern my actions after Him. For example, I am a university professor. Although Christ was not a professor He was a teacher, a Master teacher. I try to pattern my teaching after His; using analogies and stories, trying to teach the individual, to invite the Spirit into my classroom, and to show love for my students. I pray as I prepare my lessons that I will teach those things of most benefit to my students, and again as I go to teach that not only will I present the information well, but that my students will be able to learn it. I also have the opportunity to teach in church. I have served in various teaching callings over the past 11 years and have taught all age groups – from 18 months to 90 years. Always I try to follow the example of my Savior.