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Hi I'm Amy.

I'm a college student, a basketball enthusiast, an avid reader, a shop-a-holic, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student and am studying elementary education with an emphasis in music. I love listening to and creating music. I am a word nerd. I love to read! I am a big-time fan of NCAA basketball!! I especially love a good Cinderella team, even if it means I end up with a losing bracket. I have an amazing family! I am the oldest of three kids. I have awesome parents, one brother and one sister. I have an amazing extended family too. Half of them are Mormons and the other half are not, but I love them all the same! There is nothing I love more than spending time with family either going on shopping adventures or getting into mischief or laughing until our stomachs ache. I believe in the power of a good outfit. I love getting dressed and find inspiration in Audrey Hepburn. I ALWAYS have a pedicure. But most importantly, I love the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon home. I was baptized when I was eight years old, but it wasn't until I reached high school that I truly became converted. I was faced with a lot of important decisions and had to rely on my faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Through His restored gospel I found peace when I needed it most, I found comfort in knowing that families are forever, and I found grace in His Atonement. I know that the prophet Joseph Smith really did see God the Father and His Son because I have found truth and light in the Book of Mormon. I know that book to be a true testament of the Savior and I have read it many times in search of answers and have always found them. I know that Heavenly Father continues to speak to us today through living prophets. I know that by following the council they give us we will be blessed beyond what we will be able to realize. I know this because I have lived it. Going to college and being on my own for the first time have been really scary and challenging things for me, but because I have chosen to follow the prophet and live the standards of the church I have been able to provide for myself. I know this is a blessing that can only come through believing in this gospel.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by not being afraid to talk to others about the gospel. Being a college student has given me a unique opportunity to share what I believe with other students from around the globe. I am always willing to answer whatever questions anybody might have about my faith. I also have participated in leadership positions for youth camps for the young girls in our church. It gives me a lot of satisfaction in helping them build testimonies of the Savior and our Heavenly Father. I also get to participate in a church program called Visiting Teaching. Each woman is assigned a partner and each partnership is assigned two or three women to teach gospel messages to and to be their steward and their friend. Being active in the Visiting Teaching program has helped me feel the love of my Savior and to experience some of the love the Father has for His children. I have come to know the Savior better as I reach out to the women I serve and have felt, at times, like He is working through me to save His lost sheep. I have built lasting friendships through this inspired program.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Going to the temple is a sacred experience. That is why only those who are ready and willing to make and keep the temple covenants are allowed to enter. There is nothing secret about the temple! It is a place of divine learning and inspiration. Nothing that goes on in the temple is different than what we teach as our doctrine. Because what happens in the temple is so special, we are asked not to talk about it outside of the walls. Members that have made covenants with God (which we call the endowment) are allowed to enter. Receiving the endowment offers spiritual strength and protection. That is why missionaries from our church go through the temple before they leave on their missions. The endowment is a preliminary step to receiving other temple ordinances. The true purpose of the temple is to unite families for eternity in a sealing ordinance. Members take part in these ordinances once for themselves, and then as proxy for people that have passed away. In the temple members can be baptized, receive endowments, and be sealed to spouses and children for those who are dead and didn't have the opportunity to do so for themselves while they were here on earth. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that marriage is a sacred thing, that marriage should be between a man and a woman, and that the purpose of marriage is to create families. Mormons do not hate people who are gay or lesbian. We believe that every person is a son or daughter of God and that they should be treated with love, kindness, and respect. We do believe, however, that engaging in homosexual behavior or participating in same-sex marriage is a serious sin. Show more Show less