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Hi I'm Amber

I'm a daughter. I'm a sister. I'm an aunt. I'm a friend. I'm a Photographer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the best state ever, California in a small town of Arroyo Grande. All of my youth I was dedicated to basketball where I traveled, learned and made lasting friendships. I went to college in California and graduated in graphic design. I am the second oldest of four girls, also the only Mormon in my family. I am a convert to the church. I was baptized almost three years ago in November. I love to throw parties, shopping, photography and games! I can't wait to have a family of 5 or 6 of my own someday. I am a photographer and I am Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I haven't always been Mormon. I didn't learn about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints until I was in high school. Many of my friends were Mormons and I was impressed by their example. I'll never forget when I met with the missionaries. For the first time in my life, I was told that I was a Child of God. That I had a Father in Heaven that loved me, that knew me. I learned of the Prophet Joseph Smith and how he spent much of his childhood feeling the same way I had been feeling. He was searching for the truth and through the power of God, translated the Book of Mormon and restored Christ's church back to the earth. I learned that families can be together forever. A few short months after completing the missionary discussions, at the age of nineteen, I was baptized. It's no secret that I am LDS. But it's also not something that always comes up in casual conversation. By no means am I afraid to talk about it. I will happily talk openly with anyone and everyone who wants to know about why I made this change in my life. And while I totally get that nobody wants religion pushed on them, many people who have a strong faith would like to share that with people they care about because it's a source of so much joy in their lives. Did you know that Mormons are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints? Wait, which church? The official, and most appropriate name of the "Mormon" church is actually The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You read right. We are indeed Christians who believe in Jesus Christ. So, why am I a Mormon? I am a Mormon because The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the Lord's church. I am a Mormon because I know the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. I am a Mormon because I believe Joseph Smith is a prophet. I am a Mormon because I know there is living prophet on the earth today. Finally, I am a Mormon because I spent the first part of my life searching for the truth. And I found it.

How I live my faith

To be a Mormon is a way of life. Living my faith is the essence of not only following Christ's teachings, but trying to become more like him. This is possible on a daily basis through the simple and small things in life-such as smiling and saying hello to people as they walk past me on the sidewalks or in the grocery store. Living my faith is being patient and calm when things don't quite work out as planned. It is about being an example to all those around me. It is always remembering to do the Lord's will because you never know who is watching.

What is being a Mormon like?

One of the greatest reasons for being here on earth is to "have joy" (2 Nephi 2:25). Personal prayer, scripture study, and attending church helps us better understand that the best way to find joy and happiness in this life is to know about Our Heavenly Father's Plan of Happiness, the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to strive to keep God's "law" (Proverbs 29:18). Families are an essential part of God's Plan and much of how we live focuses on our families. We want to share the happiness we enjoy with everyone we can through service, missionary work, and contributing to society. It is like being part of a bigger family that you will get to spend all eternity with. Being Mormon is a way of life. Show more Show less