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Hi I'm Amanda

I'm a college student in the Illustration program at Brigham Young University, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a nerd: I love every subject. I love the arts: singing, dancing, painting, you name it! I am currently pursuing a degree in the Visual Arts at Brigham Young University and I hope to go into Education, as well. I've been teaching piano lessons for six years and I love my fourteen students. I'm also very interested in psychology: I love to work with people and learn about what makes them the way they are. Also, I love math and chemistry; I actually was an intern in a chemistry lab for a while. I am still exploring my interests. I spent most of my childhood in Minnesota before I moved to a small town nestled in the foothills of a mountain in Utah. I've been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my whole life, and I served as a missionary in Tacloban and Cebu, Philippines.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I have been a Mormon my whole life, it has still been a journey learning and finding the truth. The surest way I know this gospel is true is by living it. I have read, studied, and attended classes since I could talk, but I do not feel the joy and fulfillment until I actually act and become what I believe. This gospel requires more than just belief; faith, though essential, is not enough to progress and improve. Action and conversion build upon our learning and understanding to propel us to greater truth and blessings. I love this church because it adds to whatever truth you may have learned throughout your life; it contains the fullness of the truth. I have all my deepest questions answered. I know who I am: a spirit daughter of God, with potential to become like Him. I know where I came from: a life with my Heavenly Father and Mother where they raised me and provided a way for me to return and become like them. I know why I am here: to experience and learn from life experiences and trials in order to grow and become more like my Savior. I know what happens after death: we will all live again and return to the presence of our loving Father. I know that I can become clean again through the power and grace of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. I know that He lives and has all power to help us overcome our weaknesses and endure life's hardships. I have seen God's hand in my life and in others. I know He exists and knows me personally. I can return and live with Him again. I know I can live up to my divine nature and live to be like God. I know God speaks to me today. I can feel His influence through the Holy Ghost and receive guidance through modern scriptures, in addition to the Bible, and living prophets. All in all, I am a Mormon because it brings me pure and lasting joy, not fleeting pleasure or satisfaction.

How I live my faith

I serve in my church's genealogical program. There are three specific areas I help with: indexing (creating a searchable database for information about our ancestors), family history work (compiling information about my own family), and temple work (performing sacred and necessary ordinances for my ancestors in LDS temples). My service in this program is so fulfilling! I love learning about my ancestry: the people who made me who I am, and paved the way before me. I know I will be able to see my entire extended family someday, so I want to honor and serve them now. I also serve in the women's organization in my church. I regularly visit other women and serve them however I can. I love being a part of a network of friends who rely on and serve each other's needs. I believe in strengthening others; this life was not meant to be endured alone.