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Hi I'm Amanda

I'm from Seattle Washington. I love National Parks. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a young adult in college with an appetite for learning, particularly in the field of science. One day I hope to be a geneticist and be able to cure diseases like cancer or Alzheimer's. I absolutely love being outdoors and nothing gives me a bigger thrill than visiting National Parks! I even have a collection of vintage postcards for every park I visit. I love hiking, running, and swimming as well as spending time with my friends and family. I also love quoting movie lines and can work them in to almost any situation!

Why I am a Mormon

Why I am a Mormon? Because I couldn't imagine my life if I wasn't one! Growing up in the church I was taught correct moral principles and standards that I learned to cling to during my teenage years. In high school I saw so many people making poor choices that would surely cause a lot of grief down the road. Because of the church and the standards I had chosen to follow when I was younger, I was able to be a good example to my class mates and friends. Our beliefs and the way of life we choose to follow certainly isn't popular and often times I'd be the odd man out, but I know that by choosing to follow them, I was better off in the long run. It was a real eye opener for me when I came home for Christmas Break my first year of college and met with all of my old friends from High School. Some of my friends and old class mates had completely gone off the rails doing drugs and getting into trouble. I know that if I didn't have the church in my life and those gospel teachings I'd received when I was younger, my life could have turned out a lot differently. Instead, I have avoided most hardship that arises when bad choices are made and I couldn't be more grateful for my faith that has kept me safe and on a good path that I know I should be on. I may have been born a Mormon, but as someone who has followed my beliefs my entire life, I choose to be a Mormon now because following my beliefs has kept me safe and granted me the life I have now.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing the simple things. In my student congregation in college I was a part of a committee designed just to help people and serve them with their individual needs. I served people who's problems were as serious as finding out their mom had cancer to cheering up someone who had had a bad day. I didn't do anything huge, I didn't save a life or change the situation those people were in, but I lifted their burdens a little bit at a time through an encouraging word or a delicious treat we'd leave on their door step. While those efforts might seem small and insignificant, I truly think they did the most good. People really respond well to people reaching out and even a small thought or action is enough to remind others that there are others there who love and support them. So many times someone would tell us how much they appreciated our small gesture and how that was exactly what they needed at that time. I know that God puts people in our path that we need to help and serve and that doing the small things can make the biggest difference.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Growing up, it used to bother me a little that woman didn't hold the priesthood but that was before I realized just what women do for the church. Honestly, I don't think this church would still be around if it weren't for all the righteous women leaders who keep this church together. As a woman and a Mormon, I have seen first hand the power these women have. All my youth leaders were women and each one has held such an influence on my life. These women are strong in the gospel, and good examples of righteous living to follow. They are never afraid to speak up or speak out. They lead by example, teaching us good principles and reaching out to those who feel alone or forgotten. By the way they live their life, others know that they love their Savior Jesus Christ and we try to emulate them. Show more Show less