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Hi I'm Amy

I love to learn. I am an aunt and a teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in a tiny town in Idaho where I teach first grade. I love to spend time with my family, especially my nieces and nephews. Some of the activities I enjoy are reading, camping, making cards, and researching my family history. One of my favorite things to do is to study history. I want to be a life-long learner.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents are members of the church, so I guess you could say that I was born into it. Although it has always been a part of my life, I had to make the choice myself whether or not I wanted to be a member of the Church. When I was a child, my parents stopped going to church for a while. I would still go occasionally with my grandmother and my aunt. I noticed that I always felt peace in their homes and I knew it was because they went to church and Jesus Christ was at the center of their lives. Fortunately, the church building was within walking distance so I started going by myself. I am so glad I did that because, as I have grown older, the gospel of Jesus Christ has been the anchor that has held me steady during the storms of life that come to us all. I have found that, no matter what is going on in my life, I am happiest when I follow the teachings of Jesus Christ that I learn when I go to church.

How I live my faith

I believe in Jesus Christ and I try every day to be a little more like Him. I study the scriptures and try to put into practice what I learn there. I also work with the children of our congregation, teaching them the gospel and planning activities for them that will help them grow closer to Jesus Christ. I love interacting with them and learning from them. They are so eager to learn and have such bright hope for the future.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

All Mormons are not required to serve a mission. Many members do choose to, however. Young men are encouraged to serve when they turn 19. Young women often go at the age of 21. Older couples are also encouraged to serve missions when they are able. I myself served a mission when I was 21. I loved getting to know the people of Paraguay and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with them. I gained a greater appreciation for how the gospel can change peoples lives for good. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

The things that we learn in the temple aren't that surprising, but they are sacred so we don't speak of them outside the temple. Just as you wouldn't go on a long journey without first preparing, there are things we need to do to prepare to go to the temple. Because these ordinances are sacred there are certain requirements to enter the temple such as being honest, treating our families with kindness, being morally clean, as well as other things. Any member of the Church who is living in accordance with these principles is able to enter the temple. Inside the temple we learn the gospel of Jesus Christ and families can be sealed together for eternity. We also do this work in behalf of those who have died without being able to receive the gospel. Once the work is done, they may accept or reject it. For me, the temple is a place of peace where I can go to learn and keep in perspective what is most important. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

There is one thing that is true about every single one of us. Not one of us is perfect and we never can be on our own merits, no matter how hard we try. There will always be something we could have done better. The Savior, Jesus Christ, paid the price for our sins so that if we repent we can become clean again. We will one day be able to become perfect, but only through the grace of Jesus Christ. There is no other way. It is impossible for us to become perfect through our own efforts. I'm a bit of a perfectionist and I get frustrated with myself when I make a mistake. It gives me great hope and peace to know that I don't have to do it on my own. I do have to do the very best I can and put forth great effort. Then, Jesus Christ will make up the difference for what is not within my power. Words can't express the gratitude I feel for the Savior that He would be willing and able to do this for me. Show more Show less