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Hi I'm Amelia

I'm a BYU student, ballroom dancer, and a chocoholic. I'm far from perfect, but I love the Lord. I'm so glad I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a junior in college. I love my family and close friends. I love music and dancing. I'm only one girl on this vast planet, but I have a Heavenly Father who knows and loves me, and that is enough. I know who I am and where I am going and I continue to try to do better and improve myself.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it is the only way to be truly happy. Happiness is through the Savior, Jesus Christ. As a Mormon I am part of His church fully restored to the earth in these latter days. I've also had the privilege of growing up in the church. This was once a privilege I took for granted, as I've learned the hard way that I cannot get through life on my own. I need the support of my family, friends, church brothers and sisters, and most importantly my Redeemer. Once I finally stopped to re-evaluate where my life was headed, I aligned my path to the Savior's and I've never looked back. He is my rock that keeps me grounded when times get hard and I need strength to get me through. I'm nowhere close to perfect, but I'm closer than I used to be and I continue to strive to become like Him. It was only once I truly had a desire to change and trust the Lord and put into practice all the commandments we are taught that my faith grew and I gained a testimony. I am a Mormon because I know for myself it is the only way. It is how I have come to know my Savior and how He atoned for my sins. When I am feeling alone and insignificant, it is how I know He loves me and is aware of me. I am a Mormon because I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

My faith in my Savior is what guides my life. I am His disciple and strive to do what He would have me do. I read scriptures, say prayers often and attend church meetings where I fulfill my calling. Without the atonement, I don't know where I would be. I've come to know for MYSELF that He lives and loves me. He is always aware of me. That knowledge drives me to be my best self and live to improve myself. I'd like to think that I am a light in the darkness to those who know me and need a bit of extra strength. I have gained such a strong testimony that my faith is my life. I live to become worthy of the Celestial Kingdom.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Amelia
It starts with a desire. Then you must act. When I decided I wanted to feel closer to my Father, I had to start establishing a pattern of obedience, prayer and scripture study, having faith that I would feel something and that change would happen. It took a bit of time before I noticed anything. Only occasionally do I have strong impacting spiritual moments. Most of the time I don't feel change, but I continue to do what I know is right. But if I look back on my life, even in past few months, I see that I have come so far. It really is in the daily observances of the gospel that we build our testimony and come to have a personal relationship with our Father in Heaven. The times I have felt furthest away from Him and all alone have been when I wasn't doing those things. It is hard to get back into the daily pattern, but once established it blesses my life. And as I continue in such a pattern, I come to know my Father more closely. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Amelia
I used to think that being a Mormon put me across a divided line from the rest of the world. This is hard to accept when all we want is to fit in and feel accepted. What I have come to learn is that being Mormon is different, but not divided. We still live amongst others and do the same daily routines they do, we just have a different perspective because of gospel knowledge. Though we are not of the world, we are still in the world. As my testimony grows stronger, I enjoy being different. I want to share my differences with others. We are all people. We are all children of God. Being a Mormon means that you know this. Being a Mormon means that I see the devine potential in myself and those around me. Being a Mormon makes me happy. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Amelia
Moroni 10:4-5 tells us to pray and wait for confirmation from the Holy Ghost. While this is true, I feel like the answer comes differently for everyone. For me, I act out of hope and faith that the things I am learning are true, and then when the time is right I receive testimony of it. There are so many different moments I can remember when I felt something was right, when I felt a sense of peace. Combined, these experiences tell me that the church is true. I have felt the spirit while listening to music, while discussing the gospel, while answering questions about it, while listening to a conference talk, while praying, while reading scriptures. The list is endless, but the confirmation is sure and always the same. By my experiences, I know the church is true. Show more Show less