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Hi I'm Amanda

I'm a substitute teacher. I love playing video games and trying food from new cultures. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest of 3 children. My parents are converts, and we're the only members in my family. I graduated college with a degree in Culinary Arts. I love to cook and try new things. I like to read just about anything that will stand still long enough, anything from Victorian literature to science fiction to biology. I enjoy theater and often dress up for different occasions with my younger sister. I like doing things and helping people. I'm currently serving in the Ft. Lauderdale Mission, and loving it! I'm a member of a raiding guild on EverQuest, and have the distinction of being the only openly Mormon member (for better or worse, I suppose).

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I feel it in my bones that this is where I should be. When I was going to college far away from home, I saw what could happen to people who couldn't find their own faith and walked away from the things they had been taught their whole lives. I watched someone I cared for destroy themselves because they turned away from what they knew to be true. I knew at that point that I didn't want that for my life. That was around the time I started actively trying to build up my relationship with the Lord. It certainly wasn't easy, but what relationship is? I know that my Heavenly Father loves me and wants the best for me, and that through this church I can have all the best that He has to offer. I know that there is safety and comfort here, enough to weather all the trials that are set before me. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has blessed the lives of my family, and we would not enjoy the blessings that we have if two sister missionaries hadn't tried to knock on the wrong door back in 1985.

How I live my faith

I teach a Sunday school class composed of 6 and 7 year old children. Currently, I teach four little boys, and they are what gets me out of bed every Sunday morning. It has strengthened my faith tremendously to see how they grow in the knowledge of the Lord, and to watch how they are learning to be honorable young men. Before I started teaching Sunday school, I didn't attend church as often as I should. Because I have been obliged to go every Sunday, my family now goes with me, too. We have all seen blessings in our lives. I also attend our local scripture study class for young adults, known as Institute. I find it amazing how I learn something new about our Savior each time I work my way through the Bible. Mostly though, I live my faith by being an ambassador of my faith every day of my life. Just being out there and being open about being a Mormon opens a world of questions. Somehow, whether online, at school, or at work, curious people find me, and it becomes my challenge to help them understand my beliefs.