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Hi I'm Amanda Berg!

I'm a missionary in Carlsbad, California, student, instrumentalist, democrat, and I'm a Mormon! :)

About Me

I am a missionary for this amazing church in Carlsbad, California from September, 2013-March 2015, and afterward I will again be a student at Brigham Young University, audiology. I'm proud to be LIBERAL! Yes, the church has a reputation for being very conservative, but we are often told by our apostles and prophets that the church does not take political stances. My political beliefs have been established partly because of Christ's example in my life and his willingness to love everyone despite their differences. I am a democrat because of my religious beliefs, not in spite of them. Oh, and I absolutely ADORE pugs! I am a convert to this church and have found so much incredible peace and comfort through the Atonement of Jesus Christ and His light in my life. Since joining I am so much happier because I have gained knowledge of the fact that I am a daughter of a loving Heavenly Father and I have a Savior who has completely atoned for not just my sins, but any sickness and sorrows I have had and all those I will ever have. Like so many young women, I have struggled with eating disorders and confidence issues, but I know that those trials were given to me to learn and grow, and help others in similar situations. That's why I'm so happy to be on a mission! I love to serve people and and help them recognize how much God loves them!:)

Why I am a Mormon

My conversion story is kind of funny. I was dating a 15-year-old (I was 15 as well), and after four months, he told me he couldn't date me anymore. I was confused about this, but he showed me a book that the youth of the church are supposed to follow called "For The Strength Of Youth," that said he shouldn't date until he was 16. I admired his commitment to his faith, and decided that it would be a good thing to have in my life as well. I was baptized April 25, 2010, 4 months after my first church service. I had gone to other churches for many years, but never felt quite right. This church was the first one that I went to where I felt loved by the congregation and they helped me become aware of the love that my Heavenly Father has for me. He has such love for each of us that He offered his perfect son, Jesus Christ, as a sacrifice so that we can all be imperfect and yet have the opportunity to be forgiven for our transgressions and dwell with Him in the next life. I'm grateful for this church and the sacrifices that our leaders have made to continue its growth. I'm grateful for missionaries who show people the truth and light that they can have in their lives, as I have found. I'm grateful for temple work, and the knowledge that families can truly be together for eternity. Most of all, I'm grateful for the willingness that Jesus Christ had to sacrifice himself so that I can have the opportunity to live with my eternal family and Heavenly Father once again in the future.

How I live my faith

I believe that every member is a missionary, not just the ones on full-time missions. I try to live my faith by simply living by the standards that have been set forth and by putting Christ as the centerpiece of my life. My favorite song is one called "I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus." It's true: if I become more like Him, I can become a better person. I am taught that the best way to influence others to become better people is to be a better person myself. I was converted to this gospel through someone else using that principle, so that is how I try to act as well.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Amanda Berg!
We are taught that the fundamental unit of the church is the family. The purpose of the temple is to give opportunities to both living members of the church as well as deceased family members of those church members to receive the blessings of eternal families in heaven. You see, in a temple sealing, the words "until death do us part" are not mentioned. We believe that through the ordinances of the temple, families can be together both in this life as well as the next. Death will never part us. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Amanda Berg!
Faith is trust. If someone says "I have faith in you," it means "I trust you." Faith when regarding religion is trust in the Lord and his plan for us. That's why in order to gain faith, one must have an open heart and trust that the faith may be found. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Amanda Berg!
We are most definitely Christians. The foundation of our religion is Jesus Christ and the atoning sacrifice he made for us. Every bit of doctrine that we have has its roots in the gospel that he taught while he was here on earth. My favorite song is a song that children are taught in Sunday School, called "I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus." In my opinion, that song defines the Church perfectly. In everything we do, our goal is to become more Christlike, because He is our savior and redeemer, and we look to Him as the example of what we want to become. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Amanda Berg!
The gospel has brought MILLIONS of people so much happiness! Missionaries simply want to share with people what brings them such great happiness! It's like if I went to a store and there was a really great sale. I would probably tell all of my friends about this really awesome sale! Well, this message that the full-time missionaries share (myself being one of them) is SO much better than anything you could buy in a store. It brings everlasting happiness, not just temporary happiness. It brings more joy to our lives than anything else EVER could. I invite you to ask those missionaries you see about what makes their message so special. Then, you will come to understand why we would be so bold as to awkwardly cross the street just to talk to you about it! Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Amanda Berg!
The Book of Mormon was written by prophets on the American continent. The Bible was written by prophets in Jerusalem. The Lord called prophets in many different places because He loves us and doesn't want us to be in the darkness without knowledge of His gospel! We are lucky enough to have their record--the Book of Mormon--which we can use in correlation with the Bible, and learn about Jesus Christ, so we can in turn be incredibly happy! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Amanda Berg!
The purpose of life is to prepare to meet God! When we live a good life, following Jesus Christ's teachings, not only are we prepared to live with God and our families forever, but we are also happy. We aren't here to endure life, we are here to enjoy life. This true, everlasting happiness is found through Jesus Christ and making good choices. Show more Show less