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Hi I'm Amanda Johansen

I grew up in Utah. I am a Visual Arts Major, and am preparing to serve a mission in Argentina. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love art, and learning. I always have. I've known since I was two years old that I have wanted to be an artist. Since then I have learned to work with multiple mediums such as metal, paint, printmaking, photography, basic drawing and so much more. I haven't found my favorite medium yet, but it will happen. I also love the performing arts. I have been in many plays, musicals, and choirs. I don't know what life would be like without the gift of music, and I hope for it to help me to learn Spanish while on my mission. Almost as much as I love any kind of art I love to board. I have been snowboarding since I was 10, wakeboarding just as long, and have been longboarding since I got my board on a regular basis. I love that it's an activity that I can do with my family and enjoy being able to say that my parents will make us drive so they can go down the mountain together. I will tell people that I have better balance on my board verses my own two feet. This I say because I'm really very clumsy. I love to laugh. Ask my mom or my friends studying photography, I will never sit for a photo without making a silly face first. I have a hard time going through the day without making a joke. One of my main goals for the day is to make someone laugh, and to see pure happiness in their face. Most of all I love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints. Nothing has brought more joy to my life, than to live the gospel and to see the blessings it brings my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. My parents were married in the Manti, Utah Temple. I have had my ups and downs, and have had my challenges in life, but I will never let them stop me. I am a Mormon, not because my parents want me to be, but because I want to be. I am a Mormon because I know that my Father in Heaven loves me enough to let my immortality and eternal life to be his work and his glory. I understand that in order to return to live with a father that understands and loves me so much there are certain things that I have to do, certain promises that I have to make and keep. I am a Mormon because my Savior died for me, and this is the example that he set for me. To do the will of our Father. There will be sacrifices along the way, but I know that they are worth it. Luke 1:37 states, "For with God nothing shall be impossible." I believe that with all my heart. I know that through the atonement of our Brother, Lord, and Savior, Jesus Christ that I will be able to be forgiven of my sins, be with my family for all eternity, and to live in the presence of my Heavenly Father. The fullness of the gospel, Priesthood Authority, and the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, and the power of prayer are what help to keep me going. We'd go sing in Christmas and Easter services of different denominations and I could feel that something wasn't there, something was missing. When we'd return to our wards to partake of the Sacrament I would feel that sense of peace, the sense of home that I had missed earlier that day. My testimony was reassured that this was the true church of Christ. Joseph Smith wasn't lying, there is no way he could have formulated something as true as this. No one can make a lie feel like the purest love one will ever feel in their life. No one can imitate the love that God has for each of us and make it feel real, it has to be real, and it is real. He loves us and listens to us. This incredible feeling of home, hope, and love is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

As best as I can I try to live by the example of Christ. I haven't had very many callings in my ward, but I know that being on of the older girls in my youth group that I am watched just as much as I have watched the example of those older than me. I have moved out of my home ward and have been attending a Single's Ward for the past year, and love to come visit my girls. I was called as the Compassionate Service Leader in my Single's Ward allowing me to connect with the men and women in my ward who were attending school with me. It was a wonderful learning experience and hope that if I will be able to take what I've learned and take it to greater use as I live my life. I have most recently been called to serve a mission. I am the first 19 year-old sister in my stake to receive the call. I have the opportunity to serve in the Spanish speaking Argentina, Resistencia Mission. It's been the biggest, most daunting decision I've made in my life thus far, I've never been more excited for anything.