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Hi I'm Amy Soderquist

I am number six out of ten in my family. I love the rain. I love to laugh. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently graduated from high school where I loved being involved. I ran cross country, played the viola for seven years and was president of the orchestra, sang, danced, and competed in the show choir, and was Vice President of the National Honor Society club. I took AP classes, struggled with homework and friends, and stressed over having too much to do. While in school, I worked at a clothing store, putting in an average of 30 hours a week to earn money for college. On weekends, I went to football games, played ultimate Frisbee with my friends, or just sat at home and talked with my family. I have four adorable younger brothers that watch my every move. I, in turn, look up to my oldest brother, two older sisters, and twin older brothers. In just one year, I went from being the sixth and over-looked child at home, to the oldest and responsible one, as the rest moved out to college, got married, or left on missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have three nephews (the first of which lived only a week before he returned home to Heaven) and a brand new little niece. Only three weeks after graduation, I moved out and started the college life. I am learning how to really study and work for my education. I am also learning how to fend for myself and make things work out with five completely different roommates. Life is wonderful!

Why I am a Mormon

Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints makes me happy. By striving to follow the guidelines I have been taught, I know that I will never do anything to harm myself or those around me. When I read the scriptures, I feel good. The confusions of life start to make sense. When I pray, I know that I have a Father in Heaven who is listening. I can feel His love for me. I look around me and see all of the wonderful blessings in my life. I know that those blessings couldn't be an accident. There is a God, who lives. And He knows and loves me personally. He sent his son, Jesus Christ to understand everything that I am going through. Because I know this, I never have to feel alone or rejected. I don't have to rely on the imperfect people around me to define my worth. I think about the church I belong to, and I just feel good. If something feels this good then I know it can not possibly be bad. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

During my senior year, I was a member of a small youth council over all of the Mormons in my high school. We planned and directed youth dances, monthly spiritual challenges, and leadership training meetings. We worked together with religion teachers to strengthen and encourage our classmates during some of the most trying times of their lives. As an individual, I worked my hardest to form a personal relationship with my Savior. It is tough to be a teenager and have so many friends making different decisions. Or other times, to feel like I have no friends at all. It takes work, but as I strive to learn of and come to know my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, I don't feel alone or confused. I know what decisions I should make, regardless of the choices of those around me. Or if I do not know what to choose, at least I know where to turn for guidance. This has helped me to have confidence for myself. It has also helped me to know how to help those who turn to me as an example. I am able to introduce them to my dear friend, Jesus Christ, and show them how to lean on Him and have faith in Him.