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Hi I'm Amanda

I enjoy discovering little quirks in everybody. I live (and love) to laugh. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

For starters, I'm the fifth of eight kids - regardless of what other middle children say, I love being a middle child. You get the best of both worlds. I enjoy food (who doesn't?), but I especially enjoy new and different foods - sushi is a favorite of mine, along with sandwiches. Give me a good sandwich, and I will give you friendship. I love taking long walks, and I enjoy a good hike every once in a while. Jane Austen would be my best friend if she were still alive - I love all things Jane Austen. I am currently in school studying Public Relations and Digital Media, with the hope of working with artists/musicians someday. I have also considered the course of being an Institute Teacher...we shall see where my road takes me, I suppose. I love to read and love hanging out with my family - they are some of the coolest people I know :).

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a member of the Church. However, throughout my life, as I've studied and prayed for direction and understanding, I've been able to gain a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I've experienced my own conversion process as I've studied the scriptures, heeded the counsel of modern day prophets, and prayed for the Spirit in my life. The gospel is simple and makes me happy. I love and am thankful for my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know He lives. I'm grateful for Heavenly Father's plan for everyone, individually. He knows and loves me personally. I feel so blessed to be a member of His true church.

How I live my faith

Over the past few years, I've had a number of callings within the Church: pianist, activities member, a counselor in a presidency, a teacher, a full-time missionary, etc. I love having a purpose wherever I go, and each calling I've had has allowed me to grow and exercise my faith. I've also gained a testimony of doing the small and simple things: reading scriptures, praying and attending church on a weekly basis. Doing those things has built my faith and knowledge in gospel principles. I also believe that in order to live my faith, I need to be proactive and share it with others . Let's just say that's a work in progress... :). I have gained a testimony of the fact that being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is more than just being a part of another religion; it truly is a lifestyle that needs to be lived and strengthened every single day. By participating in church callings, doing the small and simple things and sharing the gospel with others, I am living my faith.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Amanda
Not everyone is required to serve a mission. It is a voluntary calling. Young men and women generally serve when they reach the ages of 18 or 19. However, sometimes people need time to figure out whether or not they should serve a mission, so ages may vary. Missions provide growth and experience. I definitely believe that missions are just as much for the missionary as they are for the people to whom they are called to serve. Missionaries have to be converted themselves in order to teach, preach, and help others gain a knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It's a wonderful opportunity for anyone to be able to serve a mission and help others come unto Christ. I know that I will never regret my decision to serve a full-time mission. Show more Show less