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Hi I'm Amy

I am from West Virginia and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in a small, rural town where I was born and raised. I graduated college with a degree in music education, but now I work with juvenile delinquents at a treatment facility. I love music, and I play several different instruments. When I'm not working or making music, I like to read novels. My favorite types of novels are fantasy and Utopian. I have never lived outside of my home state, but I like traveling around the U.S. and experiencing different cultures. Family and good friends are very important to me. I don't like big cities, and I feel more at peace when I am out in the country. I'm proud of where I am from, and I love the scenic views from a mountaintop.

Why I am a Mormon

I've had a rough in my life finding the right church where I am accepted and feel that it is everything that God intended His church to be. While I was growing up, my family went to several different churches. We frequently visited other congregations, such as Methodist, Lutheran, Catholic, Quaker, Apostolic, Church of the Brethren, Mennonite, Free Methodist, Southern Baptist, Presbyterian, Church of the Nazarene, Seventh Day Adventist, Bible Fellowship, Church of Christ, Messianic Jewish, and SEVERAL Pentecostal-influenced churches. My mother obtained a Master's degree in Practical Theology, and became an ordained minister in one of the Pentecostal denominations. I eventually settled into a Presbyterian church, but stopped attending church altogether after I graduated college and moved away from home. I'd been to just about every church, but I always felt that there was something lacking. I fell into a very dark time in my life, and I made some pretty bad decisions. I became depressed and unmotivated in my daily life. I became involved with smoking, alcohol, drugs, and other behaviors that weren't leading me anywhere but to more hurt. I was so far away from the person I wanted to become. I was talking to a Mormon friend of mine one day about how I felt unworthy to even be friends with someone who is always doing the right thing. She told me that I can do the right thing, too. How could I, if I was doing so many horrible things? Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. "Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more. By this ye may know if a man repenteth of his sins—behold, he will confess them and forsake them." (D&C 58:42-43). No matter what I had done in my past, as long as I am willing to confess and turn away from those behaviors, the Lord is willing to forgive me. I am a Mormon because I know that this church is the only true church on Earth- the only church that has the fullness of the restored gospel.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by teaching one of the Sunday School classes at church called "Gospel Principles". I like being able to help newer members and visitors become familiar with the Gospel. Some members enjoy coming to my class to get refocused on the basics of living the Gospel. When I first became a member of the LDS church, I was nervous about how I would fit in to my local ward; I wasn't sure that I had any talent that could be used. Shortly after I became a member, I got called to lead the music during Sacrament meeting (the part of church where we sing hymns, take the sacrament, and listen to members give talks about gospel topics). I was so happy that I had a talent that could be used! Since I really enjoy music and I had taught music for the past few years, I felt comfortable as a new member. I like being able to lead the music and share my enthusiasm for music with the other members.