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Hi I'm Amanda

I love to read, spend time with my family and serve in the temple. My dream is to become an influential teacher. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints since I was 8 years old. Both of my parents are members though my Dad wasn't always active in going to church. I recently returned from the Arkansas Bentonville Mission, the best mission, of course. I am currently attending Southern Utah University and working to become a High School English teacher. I've wanted to be a teacher as long as I can remember because I feel teachers can have a great impact on a student's view of him or herself. I want to encourage every student to reach their potential. I'm at the point in life when all my friends seem to be getting married and it's wonderful to be a part of it. I think I have a few years to wait myself, but that's okay. My favorite hobbies are reading and watching TV, which is a little lame, I know, but I really enjoy being part of another world for a while. Family is everything to me and I am so blessed in life.

Why I am a Mormon

Firstly, because I have prayed, more than once, to know if this church is true. And the answer is always yes. This is the Church of Jesus Christ, restored through prophets, namely Joseph Smith, and Jesus Christ is at the head. Reading the Book of Mormon shows the unchangeable love God has for people of all generations and the Bible details His law and the life of His Son. Jesus truly came to earth and willingly took upon him all the sins of the world. Knowing that His everlasting Atonement provides the way for me to return to my God and live eternally is a knowledge I could never let go of. I see the power of God at work in nature, in families and in the pure peace that comes from this gospel. Life is so much grander and simpler because I know I have a purpose and destination that is too glorious for words. And I know that everyone has the same opportunities and blessings waiting for them, we only have to choose the right.

How I live my faith

Coming home from a mission is a hard thing, but in a very different way than what I expected. For the first time in my life I lost interest in the scriptures! It has been so hard!! Fortunately, I have been able to use my phone a lot to watch General Conference talks at breakfast and post a scripture as my background. These are way small steps and I still need to do so much better but it has allowed me to keep focused on the Lord. I also have the opportunity to serve in the St. George temple once a week. It is wonderful to be surrounded by so many faithful people who come to serve and spend time in the House of the Lord. The scriptures tell us to pray for the things we are in need of. On my mission, I spent a lot of time praying for charity, which is the pure love of Christ. I believe charity is the core of a lot of things in the Church and I work each day to show my friends and family and even strangers that I love them because God loves them.