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Hi I'm Amanda

I was born and raised in Salt Lake City. I am a mother of four active children. I am a thyroid cancer survivor. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love music, reading, and sports. I especially love hiking, driving in the mountains, and spending time outside. I've gotten my associates degree in pre-nursing and began, but didn't finish nursing school. I am the mother of four very active, fun children. We are so blessed that my husband has a job that enables me to stay home with our children.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in a Mormon family. When I turned 8 years old, I was so excited to be baptized, that I did a cartwheel in church, in my white clothes, right in front of the bishop. This embarrassed my mom, but we laugh about it now. Through attending seminary, attending church, studying the scriptures, reading about and listening to other people's testimonies, praying, going to temple dedication ceremonies, and going to the temple to do baptisms for the dead, I gained a testimony for myself. I was married in the temple to my sweetheart, and continue to attend the temple as often as I can. I had the privilege of doing temple work for my ancestors, some of whom I met before they died. I had such a strong feeling that they wanted their work to be done. I had a special feeling as I was doing the temple work for them. I also had a special feeling when my oldest child was baptized. I had the privilege of meeting President Monson when he came to dedicate the temple in my valley. We were so excited to see him, and were pleasantly surprised when he came over to our little group to visit with us. We felt the Spirit when we were with him. My grandparents (my father's parents) served several missions after their children were out of the house. In fact, they were on a mission in the South Pacific when I was born. Because of their wonderful example to me, I have a great desire to serve a mission with my husband someday. I have learned for myself of the truthfulness of the gospel. I have a testimony that Joseph Smith restored the true gospel to the earth. I have a testimony of the truthfulness of the scriptures, and that I can find peace in studying them. I have a testimony of our living prophet, President Monson. I know my family will be together forever. Lastly, I have a testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that He lives and loves me. I know that He is real, and that He desires us to come unto Him. I love Him. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I teach the 3-4 year olds at church, and have done so for the last 2 1/2 years. Most of my callings in church thus far have involved teaching the children. I love it! I have learned patience. I pray for the children I am in charge of, and through this, I grow to love them and understand their needs. This, in turn, has helped me with my own children at home. I am also assigned to look after, care for, teach, and visit 4 women in my ward for visiting teaching. Through this calling, I've made lots of friends and have had the opportunity to serve those around me.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

My grandfather (mom's dad) was born and raised in the Middle East as a Muslim. He is Palestinian. He came to America to go to college. He began attending church activities and was baptized a member of the church. This did not make his family in the Middle East happy, but he has remained a member of the church. My mother knows Arabic, and occasionally helps the missionaries by translating the lessons into Arabic when they are teaching someone who knows little English. Show more Show less