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Hi I'm Amanda

I was born and raised in Thousand Oaks, CA. I teach students of all ages how to read and comprehend information. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Amanda and I am a teacher. I'm not an ordinary teacher though... I teach students the process or retaining information ( in essence, I teach them how to comprehend material). I love to read (my favorite book right now is the Hunger Games Series). I have been married for 3 years to the the love of my life and I couldn't be happier. What else? I love making all kinds of crafts and spending time with my closest friends.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up I was raised Catholic and I loved it! I went to Private Catholic schools, participated in all the ordinances, I lived and breathed the Catholic church. Everything changed for me when my mother died of breast cancer. I became very angry with God and when I went to Church I no longer felt like I belonged: I felt something was missing. I search high and low for that missing piece. I visited many different religions and nothing seemed to fit. Nothing that is, until I was introduced to the LDS church. I was by no means an easy convert. I think it took me about 3 years before I finally decided to join the Church. During that 3 years I would go to mass on Sundays and to the LDS church. I spent hours after that having discussions with my boyfriend's (now husband's) family members. I asked questions, they asked questions, and we always searched our scriptures for our answers. I began to study on my own ( I call it feasting on the words of God because that's what it was-- I couldn't get enough. I wanted to learn more... I had never learned so much about the Lord as I did during that time in my life). I had finally found it! The missing piece fit perfectly and made all kinds of sense. I had to be baptized and have never looked back. Being a member of the Church is not easy but SO worth it! Sacrifices are a part of living the faith, but in life whenever you want something wonderful it comes with a price. In this case, the reward is so much greater than the cost. I have never felt closer to my Heavenly Father and I'm telling you.. my life has a more of a purpose than it had ever had before. I wish that everyone could experience the transforming power of this Church. There is nothing like it!

How I live my faith

I have the special honor to be a leader/ organizer for Girls Camp. Every year, our church puts on a program and sends our 12-17 year old girls to camp for a week. The girls learn survival tips and tricks (how to start a fire, what plants are ok to eat, first aid, etc) and participate in spiritual activities that bring them closer to God and to one another. It is an amazing program and I am one of the leaders that helps brainstorm activities for camp and to prepare the girls for the experience.

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

There is nothing secret going on inside the temples. Actually, before temples are dedicated the Church welcomes anyone who is interested to come inside and see what it's like. We believe that our temples are the most sacred places on Earth and go there to receive sacred truths about our lives, participate in sacred ordinances ( one of which is being able to be married for eternity rather than until death). The temples are a beautiful place to be and is a place where you can feel the Spirit strongly. Show more Show less