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Hi I'm Amanda

My husband is the first LDS person I ever met. I am the first member of my family to join the LDS Church. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a real-life Cinderella living a life only dreams are made of... I am a happily married wife to my husband of ten years, and a devoted mother to our four beautiful children.Three of our four children have grown up and moved away, however, our youngest has just finished his freshman year of high school. We enjoy doing things as family, especially if it has anything to do with the outdoors. Camping and hiking is something we especially enjoy. Personally when I have free time, I can usually be found with my Kindle in hand enjoying a good book. I absolutely love to read and I go through books much faster than my husband would like. Fortunately, I am great at finding bargains on Amazon! When I'm not reading, I can be found in the kitchen cooking or baking, and since I love to eat it's a good thing I also love to work out! Both my husband and I are committed to a healthy lifestyle and we've raised our children to be active and healthy as well. In the fall during football season, you'll find me cheering on my favorite college football team. I've been an avid football fan for almost 20 years and to my dismay, even though we have three boys, only one has ever played football! Just my luck! ;) One thing we all have in common though is that we are ALL extremely patriotic. My husband, 2 of our 3 sons, and yes, even myself have each served or are serving in the military. I'm proud to say that my husband served a full term in the Air Force and is a retired officer.

Why I am a Mormon

Having been raised Catholic, I am a convert to the Church. The very first Mormon I ever met is now my husband. I didn't know he was Mormon at first, I just knew there was something different about him, but I didn't know what. He just seemed more "at peace" than anyone I've ever met. When he told me he was Mormon, I told him I didn't want to hear anything about his Church. He was ok with that and never pushed me. His 11 yr old son gave me a Book of Mormon for my birthday. I sat down to read it with a red pen to mark everything I could find wrong with it. After we married, he explained to me that since his ward was so small, he fed the missionaries dinner once a week. I didn't mind as long as they didn't talk to me about the Church. For months they came every week. My husband and I discussed the Church privately because I had become curious. What fascinated me the most was that he always had an answer! I found and read a book called A Marvelous Work & A Wonder. I also read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover, seriously this time! Then, being the avid college football fan that I am, the missionaries learned I was always home on Thursday nights & all day Saturdays watching football. They began visiting during those times and I slowly began to let them talk to me about the Church, but only during commercials. Months went by, as did several missionaries, and eventually I ran out of questions. Finally one missionary who had been there a while asked me, "What is your problem? Why won't you get baptized? You know the Book of Mormon is true, and you know as much about the Church as we do. So what's you're problem?" I told him I just wasn't ready yet. About 3 weeks later they stopped by our house to visit and when they sat down I surprised everyone & said, "I'm ready to be baptized." I told them I had to be sure I joined the Church for the right reasons. I wanted it to be because I knew it was true, not because my husband wanted me to. The true Gospel has changed my life!

How I live my faith

Each Sunday I look forward to attending church with my family. I love the feeling of love, peace, and acceptance I feel whenever I'm around others of my faith. I live the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the best of my ability and always strive to be a better person. Serving others is my passion, which is also something I love about being a Latter Day Saint. I've had many health challenges in my life, including over a dozen major surgeries. I was hospitalized for 10 months about 4 years ago. I'm sure you can imagine how difficult that was on my family. At that time, we still had 3 children at home. During that very trying time our ward provided for our family in ways that my husband and I could not. The kind of service I'm referring to is called compassionate service. The women in our ward got together and made a schedule, they then provided daily meals to my children since I could not. My husband was constantly by my side and that is where he needed to be. During those 10 months, there were 3 times that I almost didn't make it home at all. Compassionate service extends beyond providing meals, it includes whatever a family needs. It could and does include housecleaning, transportation for you or your children, yard work, etc. Basically compassionate service includes anything that a family may need. The compassionate service that was provided to our family during those 10 months is something my family and I will never forget. It is a debt that can never be repaid. It is a debt that we will never be asked to repay because as Latter Day Saints, not only does service come naturally, but we enjoy it. We thrive on it! I can't even begin to count the number of meals I've lovingly prepared for other families or the number of hours I've sat and visited with someone who was lonely. I can't count the number of times my family has helped other families move in or out of our ward or done a variety of other things for others. I live my faith by providing service to others.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Amanda
God, our Heavenly Father, wants all of His children to progress and become more like Him. Our time on Earth provides opportunities for us to grow and progress. He has a plan for our happiness and if followed, it will allow us to return to live with Him and with our loved ones. We are to obtain a physical body, a body of flesh and bones. When we feel the effects of sickness, we can more fully appreciate the blessing of good health. By feeling the effects of pain we can enjoy the feeling of being free from it. We must feel the power and influence of death before we can appreciate eternal life. We must comprehend the effects of sin before we can enjoy the rest promised to the faithful. Man can gain many experiences in the flesh that we cannot otherwise obtain. There are ordinances to be performed and eternal unions to be perfected; in the wisdom of our Heavenly Father these must be effected on the earth. Among the main requirements given to man during his existence upon the earth are baptism for the remission of sins and marriage for eternity. We are also here to exercise our agency and learn to choose between good and evil. We are to keep God's commandments and to love our fellow man (see Ecclesiastes 12:13; Matthew 22:36-40). "Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them" (Matthew 7:12). You can have greater peace in this life and eternal joy in the life to come by following His plan. Show more Show less