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Hi I'm Amanda

I grew up in Kuna Idaho. I've been called to serve in the Fort Worth Texas mission. I'm so excited to share the gospel!

About Me

I'm from small town Idaho and graduated high school last year. In high school I was very involved with the choir and band programs. I sang in two musicals and was the drumline captain and center snare my junior year. Music has shaped so much of my life. I've taken a year off after high school to better prepare me for a mission. I've grown further away from my love of music because I haven't been involved in any ensembles but I intend to pursue these interests in college. I have many other interests. After my mission I want to attend a local college and while I'm not sure what I'll major in, music will be a part of that education. I want, more than anything, to be a stay at home mom. I want to spend my days nurturing my children and teaching them about their Savior.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized March of 2014. Shortly after I felt that I had been called to serve a mission in my heart. I grew up in a town with a lot of Mormons in it. I always knew about the church and had what I thought was an understanding of its culture, beliefs, and values. It wasn't until my senior year in high school that I finally noticed what the Church was all about. I was cast in a musical and the rehearsals were much like a part time job. I was spending nearly 20 hours a week with people my age who seemed to be happier than any other people I have ever met. The amazing thing about their influence over me was that no one ever vocalized their testimony to me or made me feel inferior for my lower standards. Rather, they simply lived their testimonies. They talked about going to mutual and about preparing for missions. They talked about their families in a way most teenagers never would. I wanted to know what it was that gave them so much hope in an ever increasingly wicked world. The first time I opened the Book of Mormon and read the introduction, so many of my questions about God were answered. For once, the gospel made sense. The Spirit entered my heart and I have never been the same. I know this church is the true church because the Spirit has confirmed it in my heart. As I continue to live the Gospel, I continue to be blessed with further light and knowledge. Living the commandments has freed me from the sorrow caused by wickedness and I've felt more happiness in my year as a Mormon than in the 17 years that proceeded it.

How I live my faith

I'm privileged to teach Sunday school to people my own age in my single ward. I love my ward. We're on the smaller side and that makes it easier to be close and organize activities. I've made some of my best friends and met some of the most amazing people in my ward.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Amanda
Because God loves us, He has sent prophets and apostles to lead His people. Through these Prophets and apostles, God has given us the scriptures. The scriptures teach us about God, his son Jesus Christ and their love for us. We believe that the Bible, as far as it is translated correctly, to be one of the works of scriptures of God. Along side the Bible we accept the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price as books of scripture. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Amanda
Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. He is the prophet called to bring about the restoration of Christ's true church in these latter days. He translated the Book of Mormon and continued to expound the scriptures through revelation. Through him and the prophets who have proceeded him, we have been given the fullness of the gospel. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Amanda
In the Garden of Gethsemane Christ felt every sorrow, pain, infirmity and suffering that would ever be experienced by man. He also suffered every temptation, and overcame every temptation. So, with out committing sin, he came to fully understand the effects of sin. These circumstances make him the only one qualified to carry us through our trials. There is no other name under heaven and Earth where by salvation may come. To make the atonement fully effective in our lives, we must be baptized by one heaving authority, receive the gifts of the Holy Ghost, obey God's commandments, receive sacred ordinances, and strive to become like him. As we do these things through his atonement, we can return to live with him and our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Amanda
There is no other setting on Earth that allows us to grow and progress the way a family does. In families we learn to love, serve and teach the way the Savior did. It is the best way to bring children into the world. The family allows a place for children to learn righteousness and to learn about Jesus Christ and his gospel. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Amanda
The Book of Mormon is a sacred record of the people who lived upon the American continent from the time of 600 BC to 421 AD. In this time period God called prophets upon this continent to write scripture just as biblical prophets. It contains teachings about God and Christ and their love for us and the role of the atonement in our mortal life as well as many other things. The crowning event of the Book of Mormon is when Christ visits the people upon the American Continent after his work in Israel is done. The Book of Mormon has only been translated once and that translation was brought about by a prophet of God. This makes it the most accurate and sacred book of scripture on Earth. Show more Show less