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Hi I'm Amelie

I'm a French frog living in the UK. I teach French, I'm married and a mum of 3, and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I was born in France where I grew up with my parents and my 3 brothers and sister. I left my country for love: I met a lovely man from the other side of the Channel whom I married, and with whom I now have 3 kids and a crazy cat! I studied Town planning and environment at university (post-masters degree), and I'm reading French as a Foreign Language whenever my family life gives me time to study. I worked as a French teacher before staying at home to raise my children. I love working and I had much pleasure to see my students pass their exams and go to university. I hope to go back to work at some point, whenever the children will be big enough to do not need me constantly. I love everything related to arts and crafts: all kinds of music, painting, drawing, writing, photography, theatre, movies... I love going out to see shows and movies, make things with the kids and my friends. I'm also a bookworm: I devour books as much as chocolate! Another of my passions is nature. I'm really fond of botany and love to go for walks wherever there are trees and flowers. There is nothing more relaxing than the roughness of the bark under your fingers, the sweet smell of flowers and the smell of the rain in the countryside.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents got converted in the mormon faith before I was born. I grew up in the mormon faith, and was living through my parents' faith and conviction, without really questioning them or have a proper testimony of my own. When I got to university, several things including a period of severe depression made me decide not to go to church and put aside my religion. There are not many mormons in France, and I just wanted to be a normal student, live my life without religious restraints. But despite my so-called freedom, I soon realised that my new way of life didn't make me happier, far from it! Life got even more challenging, I was feeling much worse, nothing was going as I wanted... Eventually, when everything was going wrong, I fell on my knees and poured my soul to God, maybe for the first time in my life with a sincere heart. The feeling I felt then is undescribable. Whilst my heart was oppressed minutes beforehand, I suddenly felt relief and peace. I was then convinced God heard me, listened, loved me, and that my pains, my sorrows, my sins were lifted from me. I realised that this was possible thanks to Christ's atonement, and that the Lord took my sins and sorrows upon Him. I finally had found my testimony in God and His son Jesus Christ. I went back to church. I discovered the truthfulness of the principles taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I found faith. It now helps me live and grow, become a better person. My testimony of God grows constantly since then.

How I live my faith

I personally think it's the other way round: it's my faith that makes me live. I've been showing signs of depression since I was 12-13 yrs old, and I was seeing everything in a negative way. My faith helped me see things in a more positive way. With time I manage to deal with depression and rough times a lot better. My faith saved me at a moment of my life I was really down. It gave me stability. My useless and worthless self discovered I could actually be useful through many aspects of my christian life. I discovered in the eyes of God I was worth something. At the moment I'm helping in my congregation by helping in the ladies organisation. I'm teaching Sunday School once a month and participate in organising activities during which we can share ideas, do spiritual and fun activities, develop friendships. I know the ladies of my local church are only a phonecall away if I ever need anything (temporal as well as spiritual). Scripture study and prayer are also a big help to me. They reinforce my faith, help me tackle my depression. I find comfort in telling my Heavenly Father my problems, and He often blessed me by giving me the strength to cope with my trials whenever I thought I would not be able to get through them. I always find scriptures to give me courage and inner peace whenever I need some. All in all, my faith is what defines me. It's part of my identity. I wouldn't be the same if I didn't have it in my life and didn't live it the way I live it now.