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Hi I'm Amanda

I'm a runner. I'm a returned missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I ran track and cross country in high school and loved it! I haven't been able to run for a long time because of knee problems, but after I recover from surgeries on my femurs, I'll be running again! I am a returned missionary from the Indiana, Indianapolis Mission, where a lot of my heart still is. Now I am studying Early Childhood Education at Brigham Young University, and enjoying time with my parents, siblings, nieces and nephews.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon and love it! I grew up in a Mormon home, but know, personally, that this church is true. While in high school, the church announced that boys could go on missions at 18, and girls at 19, if they wanted to. I thought and prayed and decided it was an opportunity to come closer to the Lord, and share the joy of the gospel with others, that I couldn't pass up. In high school, I also had a lot of knee problems while running. These problems kept getting worse, but when I started college, I found a new doctor and got well enough for a few weeks that I filled out an application, and got a call to serve! While I was waiting to leave for the Indiana, Indianapolis Mission, my knees became bothersome, again. We tried everything, but nothing helped, and I had to go on faith and answers I'd received that I needed to and would be able to go. I loved being a missionary and served with all my heart, might, mind, and knees. After nine months, my knees were swollen like grapefruits and caused unyielding, intense pain. I had to come home. We learned that my femurs had 40 extra degrees of rotation, and decided to go ahead with surgery to break and unrotate them. While in my first surgery, my brother was running at a track meet and shattered his femur in a freak accident. We both had surgery on our femurs that night, and a few weeks after my second surgery, he re-broke his femur. It was an intense few months, but I grew so close to my family, and my Heavenly Father. I had the chance to study a lot about why we have trials, how Heavenly Father shows us love through these times, and how we can become more like who He knows we can be. I gained great peace from reading scriptures in the Bible and Book of Mormon, both being testaments of Jesus Christ. I went to the temple, the house of the Lord, and felt close to Him. I read words of modern prophets, given because God will not leave us without direction. I know the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored to bless and guide us.

How I live my faith

My first experience with visiting teaching was in my young single adult ward. It was a fun way to get to know other girls from my ward, and I loved being able to talk about the gospel together. A few girls in my visiting teaching group became some of my best friends in college, which I am so grateful for. My young single adult ward was also very fun because I got to learn from students like me, who were balancing schoolwork and living the gospel. I live my faith by attending church, ward activities, being an example, and going to the temple as often as I can.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

God blessed us with bodies, which He asks us to take care of. Some ways we take care of our bodies include abstaining from tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea, and illegal drugs. By keeping the Word of Wisdom, we are blessed spiritually, because we are not distracted by addictions, and physically, because we are being healthier. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

A ward is a group that worships together, based on their geography. Some areas have fewer members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and their group is called a branch. All wards learn the same things, they just worship in church buildings closest to them. In wards, members are able to build friendships, learn from others, and give service to those in need. Show more Show less