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Hi I'm Amanda

I'm a convert, Stake and Ward YSA Rep., college graduate, Elementary ESL Paraeducator, and creative nonfiction writer.

About Me

Converted officially in Sept. 2015, I investigated the Church for almost three years. Recently, I graduated with a B.A. in Spanish (though I am not fluent by any means) and a minor in Social Science. My past time and life link is writing. Mainly, I focus on the creative nonfiction genre. I was recently awarded first place in this category at my alma mater for a story I penned about my life prior to baptism. I am a blogger in its most rudementary form: mississippimormon.wordpress.com -for more on my conversion story. I nervously and happily accepted the callings of Ward and Stake YSA Rep. At some point, I hope to pursue another degree in either B.S. Education with a concentration in Spanish OR a MAed in International ESOL.

Why I am a Mormon

I used to have a church that I went to. Now I have the Church that I come from. I always felt like there had to be more to the story. The Gospel as I had it for twenty-two years was and is beautiful. The Bible is the word of God. But I began to feel impressed upon to answer the questions I'd always had and so I sat out on a mission of my own to find those answers; to be whole. Having visited and searched several denominations, I had exhausted all of these different takes on the Gospel. Realizing what had been confirmed to me, that our Father in Heaven can only have one whole truth and that He is definitely not the author of contradiction or confusion...I knew what I had to do. I'd had several (and I do mean SEVERAL) Mormon friends and influences growing up and at an early age would even ask my parents (who are non-denominational Christians) about the LDS. During a low period in my life, I turned to the Church for some type of inspiration. I knew it was true but I wasn't ready. Six months later, I turned back up and was baptized as soon as possible. Returning to the Baptist college where I had found my feet, people quickly learned of my conversion and things became difficult. Since then I have learned a lot about standing on my own, defending the faith, using the Atonement fully and truly. Being baptized and conferred with the Holy Spirit as a Latter Day Saint has not made my life easy. But it has made it worth it. Precept upon precept I continue to learn and grow and love.

How I live my faith

I attend very regularly at my ward. Being the only member in my family isn't as hard as I though it would be but that's not to say it's been "easy." I am a Ward and Stake YSA Rep. and what that means is that I help organize activities for young single adults in my area to mix and mingle. This usually involves some type of service project and spiritual leadership. I am a voice, if you will, for the YSA in my Stake (the wards and branches surrounding me) and I relay their concerns and requests to those who oversee our activities. Occasionally, I am asked to sub. Primary (which is like children's Sunday School) and I am always happy to oblige. Occasionally, I participate in choir though while the Lord made me pretty much fearless, He gave me close to zero musical inclination.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

The purpose of life, according to our Mormon belief, is to become like our Heavenly Father. We were once unembodied spirits in a pre-mortal existence with God. We are his literal children. We wanted to be like God, who actually has a physical body. It seemed like an awful lot of responsibility to give us but He loves us so much that he wanted us to be heirs with his son, our brother, Jesus. So he gave us a choice and we chose to come to Earth in these bodies (like unto His), shouldering the burdens and learning the lessons we need to be humbled and righteous, even like Him. Perfection is not expected in the life. We are given the gift of agency, that is the choice to choose righteousness or to choose unrighteousness. The Atonement, the suffering of Christ, is the balm of grace through which we are soothed, healed, and eventually sanctified/exalted. We came from a heavenly family. We enter an earthly family here. Ideally, our family is there to guide us and help take care of us. The family is essential; so essential that Heavenly Father has taken measures to proved sealing powers and Temple blessings that we may remain with our families -glorified and united for eternity, even after the death of this body and the passing of this time. Through these struggles and lessons in life, we learn what it takes (and means) be kind and loving, generous, etc. ...all the qualities of our Father in Heaven, so that we may return home to receive the fullness of the gift(s) he has prepared. Show more Show less