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Hi I'm Amanda

I study American Studies. I am interning in Washington D.C. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a junior in college. I have played the piano from the age of 7 and still delight in playing. I was homeschooled from 4th grade through high school. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to pursue my personal interests, develop the ability to teach and direct my own education from a young age, and to go at my own pace. As a result, I have many unique interests: botany, collecting out-of-print literature by Gene Stratton-Porter and Frances Hodgsen Burnett, studying world views, preparing foods traditionally etc. I also love sports. I love a pick-up game of soccer, racquetball, wallyball, basketball, ultimate frisbee, badminton... you name it. I love to have fun, but I also love to learn. Choosing from a wide range of electives in my American Studies program combines both. I really enjoy learning, but I often get overwhelmed because I can't do everything nor can I be perfect. Fortunately I have a wonderful family who help me keep things in perspective. I know they will never be disappointed in me and I always have their support. I don't know how I could make it without them. I am so blessed.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I know its teachings, Christ's teachings, to be true. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. He is the head of this church and has called a prophet, Thomas S. Monson, to guide it. God loves each one of his children. We are his sons and daughters. I feel his love for me when I pray, when I read his words in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and when I attend church. The more I learn, the more I know it to be true. The true test is in the outcome of the church's teachings. Nothing good can produce evil; likewise, nothing evil can produce good. I have embraced the teachings of the church and it has brought me happiness, peace and direction that I have never been able to find elsewhere. Of all the intellectual knowledge I have obtained, there is nothing I value so much or know so assuredly as this. God lives. He loves me. He loves you. He knows you. He is openly waiting to receive you. There is never anything that you could that can put you beyond his reach. No matter how far away you may feel you have strayed, Christ's atonement is powerful enough to save you. All you have to do is use it. If you can't believe for yourself, trust me. I do not have the slightest doubt.

How I live my faith

One of the best part of being in college is participating in a student ward. It allows me to bond with my friends and class-mates on a spiritual level that carries over to our studies and daily interactions. We get to teach each other and learn from each other. We agree to watch over each other and serve one another. I am currently interning in Washington D.C. Even though I am far from home with no acquaintances, neither I nor my family were concerned. The moment I arrived here I was greeted by some of my church leaders and immediately had a built in family. I know I will be watched over. Likewise, I have the responsibility to help watch over others here. I have been asked to oversee monthly visits of the girls here and report on their welfare. It is a wonderful system that allows each to watch over and be watched over by each other.