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Hi I'm Amy Jones

I'm a small-town girl who loves to teach, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert to the church. I enjoy spending time with my family, teaching, learning, reading, traveling, taking naps, and chocolate. I have a wonderful husband who loves to play video games, has a childlike innocence and sense of humor, has a scary heart condition known as cardiomyopathy, is my best friend, and who I am forever grateful to have in my life. We are very blessed to have a beautiful, active, smart, energetic, funny, cute (and I could go on...), little girl who keeps us moving and doesn't like sleep. I love my family! I have a bachelor's degree in childhood education, as well as a master's degree in literacy education. I have been teaching at the same small, rural elementary school since 2006. I love to teach! I currently live in the same small town in upstate New York where I grew up, which I said I would NEVER do! However, I have come to appreciate the value of small town life.

Why I am a Mormon

I chose to be baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was 19 years old. My mother met with the missionaries before me, and I had no interest. I was busy finishing up a semester at college and working 2 jobs. My curiosity wasn't sparked until after my mother was baptized. I noticed a big change in her attitude and outlook on life. She was much happier, and she seemed to have a new optimism even during hard times. Honestly, I started meeting with the missionaries to make sure that they weren't brainwashing her. To my surprise, the principles they taught made sense! One of my younger brothers and I continued to meet with the missionaries, but I did not chose to be baptized until I knew for myself that it was the right thing to do. I read the scriptures, and I prayed and prayed and prayed. Yet, I had trouble knowing whether or not baptism was something for me. The missionaries suggested that my brother and I fast from food and drink with them for 24 hours to invite the spirit and perhaps receive answers to our prayers. I agreed, never having really fasted in that way before. I never knew that fasting could bring spiritual guidance or that God could answer my prayers directly, but I learned that both were true. Of course, the day we chose to fast just so happened to be one of the hottest days in July, and I had to work an 8-hour shift at a local restaurant with no air conditioning! It was around 115 degrees in the kitchen! Needless to say, I began to wonder if I was crazy for fasting! There were many moments when I was tempted to take a sip of water or bite of ice cream, but I didn't. I really wanted to know the truth, and I asked God to help me endure. He did! The next morning, I knew that I wanted and needed to be baptized. My brother did as well, and we were baptized on August 15, 2003. Since then, I cannot imagine my life without the gospel. I know I am where I'm supposed to be!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to become more like Jesus Christ each day. The older I get, the more I realize that I have a lot of growing left to do. As a teacher, I love to inspire my students to get excited about learning and to become lifelong learners themselves. That is how I feel about the gospel and life in general- I love to learn and grow! I attend my church meetings each week, and I strive to live the principles I learn. In the past, I have had the opportunity to teach both the children and the young women in various church callings. I love the enthusiasm that they have for life and for the gospel. I always feel that I learn so much more from them than I am able to teach. I am currently called to teach the "old ladies" (18 years old +) in our branch. It is much different than teaching children like I'm used to, but I have learned so much being surrounded by such admirable, faithful, steadfast women. At home, I enjoy studying the gospel by reading the scriptures. My favorite scripture is found in The Book of Mormon. It says that we should build our foundation upon Jesus Christ to enable us to prevail over the difficulties of life. As a family, we strive to have a Christ-centered home. That doesn't mean that our lives are easy by any means, but we are blessed with the strength to endure whatever comes our way. We play, laugh, cry, learn, work, pray, and grow together, and we try to do so with a spirit of happiness and peace. My daughter insists that she offer up every prayer, and, as a convert, it is wonderful to see her knowledge and enthusiasm for the gospel at such a young age. I know of her potential for good if she continues to hold true to the things she knows. The gospel is such a blessing to me and my family. I hope to share this blessing with all those around me by being Christlike and continually striving to improve myself.