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Hi I'm Amanda

I just graduated from High School. I have a passion for the arts. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Since I was a wee toddler I began my love for the arts with coloring contests - winning contest after contest I began to gain self confidence and a certain pride in having my very own first skill. My parents got me involved in more and more activities - ballet in grade 1, swimming lessons, and soon after soccer. I wasn't very good at dancing and only joined because my cousin was in the same class. The end-of-the-year recital scared me half-to-death and it was in that moment I decided to retire. Growing up I tried to excel at almost everything; swimming, sports, school, music, and participation in church lessons - notice how dance is not included in that list? I have always seemed to know what I wanted to do - what would be my next step. Although my dreams and plans have changed many times I have never not had an idea of what I wanted to do. I have always been very prepared. Before I started my grade 9 year I planned my courses for all of my high school years accordingly so that I may get excepted to whatever I wanted at the time. Up until recently I had decided I'd go into a Bachelor of Interior Design upon completion of high school. However, now my plans have changed once again. I will serve a voluntary full time mission for my Heavenly Father before attending post-secondary.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I had always known of other religions but known in my heart that this is His true church. I have learnt and known that the trials we are faced in front of our part of His plan for us and that He gives us these trials to make us stronger and bring us closer to Him. He loves us so much brothers and sisters. He does not face us in front of a trial He does not think we can overcome. I have asked my friends of other religions questions to further gain my testimony. What I have learnt is that none of them had ever felt the Holy Spirit nor knew it could be felt. That is one thing I had always taken advantage of growing up in His church - not realizing how blessed and fortunate I am to be able to experience that day-to-day since I was baptized at the age of 8. I know through personal revelation and the revelation through Joseph Smith, Jun that this is His one true church I know that Jesus Christ is His only begotten Son on Earth and that he felt every single one our pains and sorrows and trials. I know that Jesus Christ bled in the Garden of Gethsemane and died on the cross for us because He loves us and I know that without this we would not be able to repent to our Lord, Heavenly Father. I have personally gained a relationship with our Heavenly Father and have felt firsthand His love for myself and for all of His children. He is a father who sent us out in the world to learn so that we may grow and wants each and every one of us to come home to Him. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

Before I moved I was in a very small ward with not as many youth as other wards. Our Young Women class (from ages 12-18) had a total of 8 young women with varying ages - both active and inactive members. Since our numbers were so few we didn't have 3 class presidents as we normally would if we had more young women. I had received a calling to be the young women president as a whole for my ward with one councilor to help me with daily activities. We were in charge of planning Wednesday night activities, who would say opening and closing prayers, the hymns we would sing, service projects the young women would do, and sometimes prepare lessons. I read my scriptures and pray daily to our Heavenly Father. It makes me so happy feeling close to Him every single day and growing in spirit as well through studying the scriptures and turning to Him. I find that when I pray before I read my scriptures I understand its teachings and feel the Spirit much more strongly than without. Throughout the day and as I walk to work I find that I have hymns from church stuck in my head and I cannot help but sing them aloud. When the Spirit is with me and I live His commandments I am happy to no end - as Nephi promises in the Book of Mormon.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Amanda
One definition listed for ‘cult’ in Webster’s Dictionary is “a religion regarded as unorthodox.” Since the roots of Mormonism are not a break off from the Catholic or Protestant churches, it is seen by some as “unorthodox.” The “cult” label is usually applied by Church opponents attempting to criticize or discredit the Church. However, sometimes it’s simply a matter of characterization that has grown up over time by the lack of understanding. Such misunderstandings often vanish when people begin to realize the commonality of what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really teaches and believes. That Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that He is the Savior and Redeemer of the world whom we love and worship. When people begin to see and recognize these things about Mormons, then their opinion of the Church usually changes, and old beliefs are replaced with new understanding. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Amanda
We are frequently referred to as Mormons. It is a nickname because we believe in the Book of Mormon as the word of God, a book which goes hand in hand with the Bible, becoming a second witness for Jesus Christ. Show more Show less