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Hi I'm Amy

I'm a full-time Mom and a life-long student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a full time mother of four busy children, ages 4 to 14. I was born in the Buffalo, New York area but I grew up outside of Washington, D.C. I earned a bachelor's degree in English teaching in Secondary Education. Even though I have graduated from college and I choose to stay home at this time in my life, I consider myself a life-long learner. I enjoy learning about a wide variety of subjects, from the history of the supreme court to art history. I look forward to going back to school to earn a Master's Degree in the next two years! But whether I am in a classroom, at work, or at home, I love to read, learn and explore new things. I enjoy running, and have done a number of events from a 5K to a 200 mile relay through the desert. I love being outdoors...especially with my children and husband! We love to hike, camp and otherwise explore nature together. I enjoy learning about my family history. I love to collect stories of where they have been and what they did in their lives. My ancestors inspire me to be the best possible version of myself that I can be.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a loving family that did not participate in any kind of organized religion. While we occasionally attended a neighbor's church on some holidays, I never grew up with a sure knowledge that God really existed. When I was in high school, I met some friends who were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I loved being with these "mormons" because they seemed to know who they were, and they didn't struggle with a lot of the insecurities that so many other high school kids did. They always had a lot of fun, no matter where we were or what we did. They loved life and they really lived it! Their families were strong and loving. One night, I was at a mormon church activity by the Washington D.C. temple. We took a walk around the beautiful grounds, and while we walked, I asked a friend of mine what was so special about the temple. He shared his faith with me, that this was the one place on earth holy enough to be the House of God. He told me he knew God was real, and that Jesus Christ was His Son. At that moment, I felt a sensation I had never experienced before. A warm feeling filled my heart and I knew, for the first time ever in my life, that there really was a God. I later excused myself to a private room in the church building, filled with so many unexplained emotions all I could do was cry. A friend found me and helped me understand I was feeling the Holy Ghost, and that it was bearing testimony to me of God and of Jesus Christ. I asked her how I could learn more, and she arranged for me to meet the sister missionaries. I will never forget those lessons! Each day was a new experience with learning from the Holy Ghost. I read the Book of Mormon and could feel the Holy Ghost when I did. It took me almost two years, but finally, in my freshman year of college, I was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. That choice has shaped my future in incredible ways.

How I live my faith

I live my faith personally by reading and studying the Gospel, and praying to my Heavenly Father. These two things are so important as I try to be more like Him and strive to feel His influence in my life. I also strive to apply the things I learn in my family, so they can feel from my actions both my faith in God and my love for them. I try to teach them all that I can. I also attend my church meetings. Right now I have been called to serve in the Primary Presidency in my ward. This is the organization for children. I love spending this time each week teaching and singing about Jesus Christ with the children! They have such a strong faith in their Heavenly Father, that more often than not, it is them teaching me! One of the most important ways I live my faith is to attend the temple. The temple is a sacred place where I feel closest to my Heavenly Father. It is where I go to remember who I really am. In the temple I can put the trials and difficulties of everyday life into an eternal perspective, and gain the strength I need to press forward in my life. I love the temple too because it is there that I can perform sacred ordinances for my family who have died without ever having the chance to know the Gospel. This way, they can accept it if they choose to do so. It helps me grow closer to generations of family members who gave so much and did so much for me but who I never had the chance to meet.