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Hi I'm Amanda

I have a BA in Music. I married my swing dance partner. I have a daughter (and a son on the way). I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a large family. We grew up singing together for fun and I played piano through high school. I love singing in choirs. I decided to study Music Education at the university because of my fascination with how music works. Some of my most treasured memories come from singing with my family or in the choirs I've been in. I teach piano to two little boys, but most of my time is focused as a mother and wife...trying to hold down the fort while my husband works hard at night and sleeps during the day. Being in a family makes me so happy. There's nothing more thrilling than watching a child learn and experience something for the first time. I wouldn't miss it for any career in the world! My faith in Jesus and in His Gospel help me to have hope when I feel down.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family who stayed involved in serving in the church and community. My parents taught me the Gospel and I could just feel it was true. I saw that living by what Jesus taught made our family stronger and happier. When I needed help or was worried about something, I felt peace when I prayed, and God helped me remember that He is in charge. Now I'm on my own and have my own family. I can make my own choices. And I choose to follow Jesus Christ. It's just easier. His way works. Our family is happy when we read scriptures and pray and go to church together. We are happy when we help and love others (even when we might initially feel like we need more help than they do). We are happy to have responsibilities in the Church because it teaches us to see others like God does. We pay tithing, 10% of all our income, which is a lot in such a rough economic time. But we have never gone without food. If an urgent need arises, somehow it is always taken care of and I know it is the Lord that makes sure of that. God is in the very details of my life. I see it so often. I know that if I try as hard as I can to obey His commandments, things will ALWAYS work out. I don't always count on promises. But God is all-powerful, and I know that He ALWAYS keeps His promises.

How I live my faith

I am part of the council who oversees the children in our congregation. I teach them Jesus's teachings on Sundays and try to help every child feel they are loved. They radiate love and joy. They understand the simplicity and joy of the Gospel better than any adult. I am also a visiting teacher to three other sisters in our ward. I visit them in their homes with a special message each month and check on them to see how things are going. Previously, I was a missionary in the northern region of Ecuador. I learned to speak Spanish and helped strengthen the congregations I was assigned to during my 18 month duration. I was fascinated with the rich culture of the variety of indigenous groups found there. The children there often have little more than the very basic necessities of food, water, and a roof over their heads. But they have faith and they have unquenchable enthusiasm. One of my favorite memories was conducting a children's choir in the small town of Puyo. There were about 20 eager little ones, mostly tone deaf, and they sang with so much joy and gusto that they could have been angels. I'm sure that there were unseen angels singing with them. You could feel it send chills all the way to your fingertips. I don't preach the Gospel door to door. Instead I just try to be "an example of the believers" and let "signs follow those who believe." I like how St. Francis of Assisi put it: "Preach the gospel at all times -- If necessary, use words."