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Hi I'm Amy

I grew up in California, I graduated from Dartmouth, I'm serving a mission in Romania and Moldova, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Oceanside, CA and absolutely love music. I started playing piano 15 years ago and I started playing French horn 10 years ago. I love to have dance parties with my roommates and I would live off Taco Bell if I could. I also love to hike and backpack -- some of my favorite places to hike include the Appalachian Trail and the Grand Canyon. I just graduated from college in neuroscience and then decided to serve a mission. I have been serving in the Romania/Moldova mission for the past 14 months, trying to learn Romanian and speak with people about my faith.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but I had many points in my life where I had to actively choose to remain a member. One of the most definitive moments for me was when I started college. I went to school where only about 10 of the 4,500 students were Mormons and I had to make an active effort to attend church and make my religion part of my life. It was easy some Sunday mornings to sleep in or to think that studying for a test needed to take precedence over studying the scriptures. But when I made the effort to put the Lord first in all things that I did, the rest of my life seemed to fall into place. I was blessed with more than enough time to study and I was also blessed with peace and calm as I read the words of the prophets of the Lord. I felt comforted in my trials through the knowledge of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I know that God is my Heavenly Father and that He loves me. I know that Jesus Christ knows my personal struggles perfectly because He not only took upon Himself my sins but my difficulties, trials, and sorrows as well. I know that Heavenly Father sent me to Earth with my family to help me learn and grow. I am so thankful for the love and support I feel from my family. I am also grateful for the opportunity I have to improve each day, to become better than I was yesterday, to make up for my inadequacies in the past. I know this is possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. All of this knowledge brings me joy in my life and gives deeper meaning to each day. By making the decision many times to stay active in the Church, I have had more happiness and joy in my life than I could imagine. Hollaback.

How I live my faith

I participated in my college's Latter-Day Saints Student Association, where we held regular social events open to campus and organized service activities. I also served as a teacher of the 4-year olds in my local congregation for 3 years. For my last year of college, I served as a teacher of the 14-16 year olds (which was a little bit harder). I am currently dedicating a year and half of my life to serving a mission among the people in Romania and Moldova. I spend my time studying, talking to people on the street, teaching English as a second language, and teaching others about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love this opportunity that I have to bring the happiness I have experienced to the lives of others.