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Hi I'm Amanda

I have a passion for art, music, and teaching. I am in the PhD program for social work and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student in the PhD program for social work. I love learning new ideas and ways of thinking and I continually get to work on my time management skills as there always seems to be a shortage of it. My goal is to become a professor teaching social work classes, though there is still a few semesters and a dissertation to go. My wonderful husband is very supportive of me and helps around the house and even cooks! It's wonderful to have his love and support as I go through my program. He is always inspiring me to achieve my dreams, which now have become ours. I have always been a busy person with lots of interests such as art, music, and reading. It is amazing how people can express themselves through these avenues and touch the lives of others. I plan on starting to teach my own art classes, in charcoal to be exact, to be able to help others discover the possibilities and joy that comes with creating art with their own hands. It is the joy that I find in my family, my school, my faith, and my life that describes who I am.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church with loving parents who know the gospel is true. I always believed that the gospel was good, it taught good things and encouraged us to treat others and ourselves with respect and love. But, it is not enough to have others know that the gospel is true, I needed to know for myself. I remember the first time that I distinctly and undeniably felt the spirit. The feeling was so strong it was almost overwhelming. I was 12 and in young women's, and we were talking about God. In that moment I not only believed that God was real, but I knew. I knew that what I had been taught all of my life was true, not just because they were good principles, but because they were given to our church by God, our loving Heavenly Father who loves us and is mindful of each person, each son and daughter. That is when I truly became converted to the gospel with a testimony sacred and independent.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has blessed my life in so many ways. I have had the opportunity to serve in the church and to grow my knowledge of the gospel. I have worked with youth, women, new members of the church, and young adults. Living my faith is not reserved just for Sunday's but is a way of life. Reading my scriptures, discussing the gospel with my husband, and friends who are members and those who are simply interested helps me to live and grow my faith. I pray daily to my Heavenly Father and he truly comforts and answers my prayers. I know that he knows me and loves me. Knowing and living the gospel has brought meaning and purpose to my life. I know why I am on this earth, what my purpose is, and what lies after death. I was sent here on this earth to learn how to be charitable to others, to discover the joys of hard work, to learn how to have faith and trust in the Lord, and through repentance, continual faith, and diligence in living the gospel, I will be able to return to live with God after death.