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Hi I'm Amanda

I have 9 siblings, I love movie nights with family and friends, I'm serving in the North Dakota Bismarck Mission; I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I graduated from high school in 2012, and was involved in theater and band. I played the trombone for seven years and went with my band on several trips, including to Washington DC and Hawaii! I performed in three plays in theater, but my favorite part was building the sets and socializing. I attended two semesters of college at my local community college, but I have decided to put my education on hold to serve the Lord on a mission. I have been assigned to serve in the English speaking Rapid City South Dakota Mission! I'm still undecided on exactly what career I want to pursue, but as of now I want to be a Physical Therapy Assistant. I am the fifth child out of ten kids total from my mother. My parents have been divorced since I was six, and I am the youngest of my dad's kids. They are both remarried, and after many years of hurt feelings and other difficulties, I have come to love and respect my step parents.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother started bringing me to church when I was five, so I consider myself to have been a member my whole life. When I was younger, the only problem I had with church was that I didn't want to wake up on a weekend, but to me it was just what we did. I didn't understand all, or hardly any of what I was taught at church; I just knew what I was and wasn't supposed to do. My parents are divorced and my mother's side of the family are the only members. When I was almost fourteen, my mother moved to be closer to her family while I stayed with my dad. At that time, I mostly continued attending church to not disappoint my mom, though I always kept the standards in "For the Strength of Youth" and the commandments. Since I was just starting high school, this was a critical time in my life, and I came to realize that these principals were truly inspired by God- no other source could have produced such perfect guidelines! As I realized how following these standards made my life better, I changed my reason for following them. No longer did I simply want to make my mom happy, I wanted to make ME happy! Once I made this change in attitude, I started to understand more and more of the gospel that I had been living my whole life, and I started to see how it had been working even when I had turned a blind eye to it. I began to feel the Holy Spirit as a real presence and not just a phrase used in scripture; I could feel the Lord's love for me and those around me. I continue to follow His gospel now because I know of its truth. I know the Savior lives and that he truly gave His life for all of us, and that He has restored His church upon the earth. My testimony has grown little by little over the years, and it still has room to grow a lot more, but I know there is nowhere else the Lord would rather have me be. I continue coming to church because I want to be a tool in the Lord's hands to make other people's lives better, and I know by doing so He will make my life better!

How I live my faith

I serve in my Young Single Adult Branch as the Branch Chorister. This means that I am in charge of coordinating the music for our Sacrament Meetings. I also coordinate with the Branch Counselors to put together special programs, such as Christmas programs. I also serve in the women's group (called the Relief Society) as the 2nd Counselor. This puts me in charge of coordinating monthly activities for the women in my Branch, such as making crafts, having gift exchanges, and baking. I attend almost all the meetings and activities offered in my Branch. We have something going on almost every day of the week!

Are Mormons Christians?

Amanda
Yes, we definitely fall under the category of Christians. We believe Jesus Christ to be our Lord and Redeemer, the son of the living God! We are known as Mormon's by most people because we believe the Book of Mormon to be another testament of Jesus Christ. We believe in both it and in the Bible. The Bible tells of the ministry of the Lord in Jerusalem where He lived His mortal life, while the Book of Mormon tells of His ministry among His other sheep in the Americas. We love and worship our Savior, Jesus Christ! Show more Show less