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Hi I'm Amanda

I enjoy new cultures and making friends. I bring the mind to life on paper. I'm a survivor and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After two sister missionaries came to our home, we gained a stronger desire to do good. We made changes we didn't know we could. After a time however, We stopped coming to church altogether. We were about to experienced some of the greatest hardships we would ever face. I experienced grief and a loss of something worth living for. During that time, I had lost a part of me that I couldn't seem to get back. It was easy to feel like giving up. I ran into many walls and road blocks, not going anywhere. It was then that I decided to pray, and if God would hear my plead for help, I would do anything to live to see a better future than I currently had. I would later realize, not only would my prayer be answered, but it would change my life forever. When I moved out on my own, I made the decision to return to church. I knew God was helping me and it would make Him happy. I learned to find trust in the Lord and gained an understanding of the power of Sacrament. I started college and was invited to institute. There, I received answers to questions that had built up for years! With rejoicing, I made a decision to to do what ever the Lord would ask of me. Following that commitment came a prompting, encouraging a step in life I had never planned: to share my newfound joy through the gospel of Jesus Christ with people on the other side of the world. Looking back, I can honestly say, I found again the part of me I had lost. The Savior's love and truth are the life of my soul!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up with very little when it came to material things, so I learned to make the most of what I had been given. Knowing we all have been given talents and abilities from our Heavenly Father to serve each other, I find great purpose and spiritual wealth in what I do. I've endured great sorrows and suffered long because of the decisions loved ones can make sometimes. The hardest part was trying to be happy when I was so angry with those who had hurt me. Repentance and forgiveness go hand in hand. Through the atonement, we can learn to be one who forgives and learn to love all people like Christ does. In this comes true joy and peace. Through doing so, I was much happier. I witnessed lives changing as loved ones fought spiritual down falls and even quit addictions. I have seen many miracles inspired by the love that comes from the church members reaching out, all of them knowing that they are reaching out to a brother or sister in need.

How I live my faith

As an illustrator, I create so many things from dreams I have had or our of the desire to help people. So often, art has a tendency to follow the trend of the media and loose it's timeless beauty by becoming an outlet for someone's impure expressions. However, this type of work can not withstand the test of time. I have always wanted to create art that lasts. By using inspiration given by the spirit, I can create art that captures the most important things in all time. I have done pieces for a loved one of someone I hold dear. Their time with us was shortened. Working with them was a real eye opener to what's important. The experience really taught me a lot about who they were and what they valued most. After the time of their passing, I knew I had to do more in life. I wanted to change lives! As I live my faith, it allows me to do that.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Amanda
Mormon women are women with a divine purpose in mind when they live their lives. Both men and women have an equally divine role, not just in the church, but in all of the eternities. Man or a woman, we had our identity as one or the other before we had physical bodies and were given a chance to develop our talents and abilities while on earth. In unity, men and women complete their divine nature as they strengthen each other in all they do. “neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 11:11) Show more Show less