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Hi I'm Amanda

I am an upbeat, optimistic, outgoing, and independent woman and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a senior at EWU about to graduate with my BS in Applied Developmental Psychology. Needless to say, I love people! I am a busy woman with 2 jobs, an internship and full time schooling. In my free time, I like to watch movies or just chit chat with my friends and family. I love to cook, so when the opportunity arises for that, I do that. I make time for church and helping the local missionaries teach even with my busy schedule. With church in my life, I make time to help teach with the local missionaries and bearing my testimony to investigators and/or inactive members to help them get closer to God. That brings me to my conversion.

Why I am a Mormon

My conversion was a short one. With starting as an investigator and becoming a mormon, the time was but 3 weeks. I have always had faith and prayed all of the time but something was missing. With my best friend and her family growing up in the church, I decided to try going to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that she attended. I decided that church because of the positiveness of her family and the fact that I knew members. In a sense, it was a choice of most comfort. The first Sunday that I had attended the church was amazing. I was welcomed with open arms and smiles. People were so eager to meet a new person and to share their story. I was just so amazed by the compassion of the place and needed to find out what it was all about immediately. I started to meet with the missionaries 3 to 4 times a week until the second week I had decided to get baptized and make that commitment to serve God for the rest of my life. I loved knowing that Joseph Smith was such a young boy and just as confused as I was in deciding what church to join. I love the fact that we can have eternal families and not just "until death due us part", which is said at other weddings. I love sacrament because I can have a mini baptism every Sunday and renew my covenant to God. I feel clean and washed of my sins of the week when I partake of it. I remember that Jesus died for my sins and partaking of the sacrament is a reminder of what he did for me. And I thank God and Jesus Christ for loving me unconditionally regardless of the mistakes I make in life. I want to share it with the world and help each person know how great our Heavenly Father and his only Begotten Son are. I know the Book of Mormon is true; I know there is a Modern Day living Prophet on earth; I know Jesus Christ died for my sins; and I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church of Jesus Christ on earth.

How I live my faith

As I said I am a busy woman with a jam-packed schedule. But I make time for going to church every Sunday. I make sure I do not work on Sundays at either job or internship. I do read my Book of Mormon diligently. I skim through the Bible occasionally and plan to read through it one day. I have only been a member for a month, so I do not have any callings just yet. But I am waiting for one! I eventually want to serve a mission because I would love to help as many people as I can find God and commit to a righteous life that leads to living with our Heavenly Father again. I currently am helping the local missionaries with church tours and lessons. I bear my testimony at each and it is truly an amazing feeling having the Spirit fill me as I share this with others. The warmth that just fills the room as I am sharing this testimony is indescribable and must be experienced to know exactly what I mean.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Amanda
That is what is really great about the LDS church, is that the clergy is not paid. These members are appointed and WANT to fulfill the position. They are compassionate people just wanting to help others grow closer to God. They are not there for a pay check. They are there because they want to be! Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Amanda
Because we are not "Mormons". The term is commonly used to describe us LDS, or Latter-Day Saints because of the Book of Mormon. We use the Book of Mormon along with the Bible in our teachings to growing closer to God. Since the Book of Mormon is so important in our church, people have decided to call us all Mormons. It is simpler than calling us Latter-Day Saints, which takes maybe two seconds longer to say. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Amanda
Yes a husband and wife can be together for eternity. If they are sealed in the Temple, they can be together even after death. When sealed, after death, the spirits of the two sealed can live together in the Heavenly Kingdom along with their children if they are sealed with them as well. Yes Mormons believe that families with live together in Heaven. Show more Show less