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Hi I'm Amber

I grew up in Utah and love being in the mountains there. I am a preschool teacher and a dance instructor. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Utah and I am the youngest of six children. Our family is mixed and only one of my siblings has both of the same biological parents as I do. I grew up with loving parents who taught me to appreciate good music, care about others, and love being outdoors—especially camping. In college I studied Family, Consumer, and Human Development and received a Bachelor’s Degree. I love dancing and all good music—especially oldies and jazz music. I am married to a wonderful man who is patient and kind, and shares my love for the mountains. I love sunny days, starry nights, and campfires. I love to bake, sing, and travel. Life can be trying, but it is beautiful!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have seen the beautiful power of change that takes place in people when they decide to follow God’s commandments. I saw this change in my own parents when they decided to go back to church when I was a child. My father quit drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes and he and my mother started living gospel standards. I could see, even as a young child, how much happier we all were because of those standards and I made the decision to become baptized as well, making me a member of the church. In my adolescent years some of my best friends were not members of the church and I started missing Sunday meetings spending time with them. I had a very long period of inactivity in the church and during that time made mistakes while I was not living gospel standards. When I graduated from high school I was unhappy and I spent a lot of time reflecting on my life and observing happy people around me. Everyone I knew that was truly happy was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Deep down I knew the church was true, and I knew my unhappiness was because I was not living in accordance with its teachings. I decided that I wanted to try going back to church and I felt an overwhelming feeling of love. My heart was so full and I felt the Spirit so strongly I couldn’t hold back the tears. I soon met with my Bishop and we talked about the gift of the Atonement. Through Jesus Christ sacrificing His life to pay for our sins, we can be forgiven of all of our short comings and wrong doings. I went through the repentance process and felt the redeeming love of the Savior and knew I had been forgiven of my sins. I still struggled at times on my way back to activity but that is what this life is for—making mistakes and becoming better through them. There is peace and safety in living the gospel and I have found true happiness in following God’s commandments.

How I live my faith

I pray to my Heavenly Father each day and I know that no matter what happens during the day He loves me and is aware of my needs and desires. I pay tithing which is 10% of my income and through giving that money back to the Lord my life is so blessed and I have never had to go without. Tithing opens the windows of heaven, and blessings come in ways you don't always expect or realize. I attend church meetings each week and hold a church calling in my ward where I volunteer and am able to help serve the women (sisters) I attend church with. I pray to be aware of their needs and the committee I serve with does visits to sisters and serves them in any way they can. I am also a visiting teacher. This is a special calling where I am assigned a female companion and together we are given two or three women in our church who we take extra time to pray for, serve, visit, and teach a monthly spiritual message to. I also am blessed to live close to a temple, and with my husband we attend temple meetings and do service there.