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Hi I'm Amanda

I'm a runner. I'm a stay-at-home mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mom of three little children from ages 5-1. I love reading fantasy and science fiction as well as playing board games with my husband. I enjoy running and participating in races such as half marathons. I am a health-nut! As I stay at home with my children I strive to make my home healthy, happy, and full of joy. I do that by baking our own bread, making our own tortillas, bagels, English muffins, etc. So, I also like baking! I find new ways to teach my children healthy habits. We do yoga together and love walking at the zoo and botanical gardens. We love being funny in our family and making silly jokes. (Some of which don't always make sense!) We have lived in several different states and really enjoy making friends wherever we go. My husband is an Aerospace/Electrical Engineer and I studied Psychology so our home is full of different ideas. We end up building "circuits" from pipe cleaners just as much as we talk about expressing our feelings in healthy ways. Challenges come to our family like any other. One particularly difficult challenge for me is having Hyperemesis during pregnancy which causes extreme nausea and vomiting and subsequent hospitalizations due to malnutrition and dehydration. I am grateful my faith helps me overcome challenges as well as enjoy my precious family and all the blessings we have!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because when I was 12 I knelt down in my room one night after I just finished reading the Book of Mormon for the first time. The room was dark, the house was quiet, but as I knelt there and simply asked if the Book of Mormon was true, my heart and mind were full of light. My chest felt like it was swollen with a fire of intense joy. I could not deny that Heavenly Father answered my prayer. I knew the Book of Mormon was true. In times after that I prayed to ask other questions, such as, "Was Joseph Smith a true prophet of God?" I always got these same answers. I am a Mormon because Heavenly Father has told me it is the true church on this Earth today. I can never deny the answers He has given me. Being a Mormon has brought me more joy than I can ever imagine. The Temples allow my family to be sealed for eternity. There is a living prophet like the prophets in the Bible that leads us today! I am a Mormon because I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true because Heavenly Father has told me it is and I want to follow Him all the days of my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith at home by reading from the Book Of Mormon and/or Bible daily. I don't always have time for a long session of reading with little children so I split it up and read a little in the morning with breakfast and a little at night in bed. I talk to my Heavenly Father in prayer. I know He listens to us all. I also teach my children to do these things. They really enjoy having a family night each Monday night where we get together without interruptions and have a fun life lesson, play a game such as duck duck goose and then have a treat. Family is so important to our Heavenly Father. I live my faith at church by teaching a lesson once a month as one of the teachers of the group of women who attend church. I am always nervous to stand up in front of these wonderful women and deliver a forty minute lesson, but I learn so much about Jesus Christ when I prepare these lessons. I feel so close to Him and Heavenly Father when I serve in His church, even when I do something small like help pick up the hymn books. I live my faith by acting as Christ would out in the community as well. I try to be kind in all things, and yet, because I am far from perfect, when I mess up I go to my Father in prayer and ask for forgiveness. I know that our Savior loves us. I know He wants us to succeed and to use the gift of the Atonement to not only repent, but be healed of burdens we carry in this life.