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Hi I'm Amanda

I love being out in nature. I am an artist. I paint landscapes and wildlife. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up living in the country. I love to do things outdoors like hiking, four-wheeling, and kayaking. I enjoy these things because well... there is not much else to do out here. Also, it is because ever since I was a child my family has gone camping every summer and we like to be outdoors together. I am a college student and I think I want to peruse a degree in nutrition. What got me interested in this was the fact that I am allergic to refined sugar; it makes me sick. I am always looking for recipes where I can substitute sugar with natural sweeteners like honey. In recent years several members of my family developed an intolerance for gluten and dairy products. I want to learn the science behind what certain foods do to the body and how to take care of the body through good eating habits. Another major aspect of my life is art. I have always had a eye for detail and have been able to draw well since I was very young. In high school I really got into painting and began to compete on a state level. Now I am trying to set up my own art business and I am learning to weld so I can do metal art too.

Why I am a Mormon

One day when I was in Jr high school I was riding the bus home and I daydreamed about "the perfect day". It wasn't what you would think. I didn't dream about skipping school or going on vacation. I simply wanted a day where I did everything right and was happy under any circumstance. It is harder than it seemed. I can't control what happens to me but I can be prepared for the worst and I can control how I react to it. Being a Mormon helps me with this. As a Mormon I strive to surround myself with good and uplifting things. This goes for books, movies, social media, people, places, even my language, thoughts and actions. But still I get down, frustrated and depressed. For years I have been trying to do my best, trying to go to church and trying to be Mormon. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don't and sometimes I wonder why I even try. After all that, the biggest thing I learned is that my "perfect day" is still possible. It is possible because of the atonement of Jesus Christ. After my long days of mistakes I kneel and pray for forgiveness and strength to do better tomorrow. When I try my best to live the way we are taught to live I am happy. And when I make mistakes I know Christ still loves me. He makes up the difference so everyday can be my "perfect day".

How I live my faith

I have only been out of the house for a couple of years now so Relief Society and visiting teaching is still kind of new to me. It is different than young woman's but I enjoy it. I look to my mom as a good example of someone who magnifies their calling and reaches out to the other ladies in Relief Society no mater what their age is. In seven days I will be entering the MTC then off to serve a mission for 18 months. There are so many other things I could be doing during that time like going to school, working or get married. All of which are possible and desirable at this time in my life. However, I feel like since I have been so blessed in my life I owe it to my Heavenly Father to serve a mission. I owe it to my spirit brothers and sisters who are out there searching for truth. Our gospel is so wonderful and comforting I can't imaging my life without it. This is why I am serving a mission and this is how I am living my faith.