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Hi I'm Amanda

I'm a teenager. I'm a dreamer. I'm kin of crazy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I guess you could say that I'm your typical teenage girl, or at least here in Utah in the land of Mormons. :) I go to school just like everyone else, and I strive hard to get good grades. I'm fairly ambitious, and since I like to consider myself a somewhat artistic kid, I hope to achieve my dreams of working in that field. I'm the youngest out of three kids, but my older brother passed away when he was born, so I've lived my mortal life on earth without having ever met him. My older sister does a pretty good job of looking after me, though. I having loving parents that I have a very close relationship with, which I'm very thankful for. They're always there for me, and they support me and all of my crazy daydreams.

Why I am a Mormon

As a kid, I didn't really think that much about church activities. However, when I became a beehive, I realized that a lot more was required of me in the church. For a while I did my best to follow the standards and doctrine laid out for me, but I guess somewhere along the way I just got a little fed up with everything and got lazy. I stopped attending mutual, stopped reading my scriptures, and stopped paying tithing. I might have even stopped attending church if it wasn't for the fact that I felt so guilty about all that I wasn't doing. Throughout this whole process, I never really doubted the church or its teachings, I simply wasn't proactive. I wasn't living up to my potential. When I was fifteen, my parents sent me off to EFY, and I've got to say, any problem I was having at the time was resolved that week. I can't really tell you what it was at EFY that helped me get back on track with the gospel. I've got to say, I came back from that week feeling better than ever, with the courage to take on the world. EFY challenged me to read the Book of Mormon that summer, something I hadn't done since I was a beehive, but I did it, and now I'm reading it again, and hopefully, that pattern will continue. I know that my Heavenly Father loves me. I know that He loves each and every single one of us. I know that He knows us by name. I know that He sent his only Begotten Son to die for us, so that we might return to Him. Christ's atoning sacrifice proves to me just how much He loves me, too. I want to be with my family for eternity. They mean so much for me, and I know that the Temples and Temple covenants will help accomplish that. I know we have a true and living prophet on this earth today, and that he receives direct revelation from God, and is leading this church in the right direction. I know the scriptures are true.

How I live my faith

I'm a happy laurel in the young women program in my ward. This year will be my first year as a Youth Camp Leader for girls camp, and I'm so excited to share my testimony with all the cute little beehives and mia maids that I'll be leading. I'm actively engaged in church activities, and do my best to participate in those events. Just like everyone else, though, I'm a little timid when it comes to giving a talk in Sacrament, but so far, I've survived every talk I've been asked to give, so I guess it's not all that bad. :)

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Our church's true name is The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints. This is the proper title and it immediately expresses to all who read it that we follow Christ. However, we're called 'Mormons' because we believe in a second book of scripture testifying of Christ called the Book of Mormon. Mormon was the man who compiled all of the various books in the Book of Mormon. Because the Book of Mormon is the key stone in our religion that sets us apart from all other Christian denominations, it is easier for other people to identify us by the nickname 'Mormons'. While we do believe that Mormon was a great man, we do not worship him like the nickname might suggest. Show more Show less