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Hi I'm Amanda

I am an athlete, a college student, and an aspiring business woman. And yes, I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am 18 and am currently a sophomore at Brigham Young University- Idaho studying Psychology with minors in Business Management and Recreation Management. I absolutely love to work (how weird is that?) and hope to someday own businesses and real estate. I grew up in a small country town and moved to a new city the summer before my junior year of high school. It was a really difficult decision, but it made me stronger and helped me form a lot of really great friendships. Growing up with five brothers, I have gained an appreciation for all things outdoors. I love to play sports- soccer, volleyball, basketball, and track have always been my favorites. Every summer my family goes camping for a few weeks, and those are some of my favorite memories. My family isn't normal by any standards, but I have learned to see the best in each of them and I cannot wait to live with them and my Heavenly Father forever.

Why I am a Mormon

Having grown up in a non-religious home, I really fought my desire to become Mormon at first. As time passed, though, I saw how the Church affected those around me, how it changed them for the better. Seeing this, I wanted to become a better version of myself, too. At fourteen, I saw the direction my life was headed and realized that I wanted something more. I knew that if I wasn't moving forward, I was moving backward. I had studied a lot of churches and had always felt like something was missing. As I began investigating the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, everything made sense and life seemed to fall into place. I gained a testimony of the Church, of its teachings, and, most importantly, of the Book of Mormon itself. When I moved to the city, I made a great friend whose family happened to be very strong in the church. I was always impressed by the way she lived her beliefs, how her family members genuinely loved and cared for each other, and how they recognized my needs and took me in. My friend and I were inseperable. More often than not, they would coerce me into staying for dinner and I would also attend their Family Home Evenings. Being around such an incredibly happy family inspired me to follow their examples so that I, too, may feel that same happiness. I am a Mormon because the church challenges its members to do better and to be better every day. I have seen this church change the lives of so many people, as it has changed mine. I have been blessed for striving to be more like Christ. The best part about the church is that we hold ourselves to high standards because we value ourselves and Him who created us.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be better today than I was yesterday. I am nowhere near perfect, but I make it a point to learn from my mistakes. I have learned to look for the best in everyone- to see them as God surely does. This has helped me to love them unconditionally, to forgive and to forget, and to remember that everyone has worth because they are a prince or princess, the son or daughter of a King. There is a special feeling every time I walk into an LDS building that just isn't felt anywhere else. My heart starts to beat faster when I read the Book of Mormon or attend sacrament meeting. There is nothing like it. I love the Gospel with all of my heart. Without it I don't know where I would be, though I am positive my life wouldn't have the meaning or direction that it does now. I know this church is true, without a shadow of a doubt. The same church that Christ organized during His earthly ministry has been restored, complete with temples, baptism by immersion, and the Priesthood. Apostles and Prophets have again been called of God to lead His people in righteousness, as in days of old. I know Jesus died for each of us so that we may return to live with Him and our Father again. He would have died for only one of us because He loves us so much. I know Heaven isn't closed to us; every prayer is heard and answered in its own way. Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God, like Moses, Abraham, Adam, and all of the other great men before him. He was given strength to endure the mobbings, beatings, and all manner of persecutions that were thrown his was. Though a great man, we do not worship him. We admire and respect his incredible strength, integrity, actions and faith. The Book of Mormon truly is another testament of Jesus Christ. The men who wrote it are a few of the "other sheep [I have] which are not of this fold" (John 10:16). I know that God has a plan for each of us and when we strive to follow Him we come one step closer to being the person He knows we can be.