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Hi I'm Ami Elizabeth

I'm a stay-at-home mom, I love music and literature, I'm a cardio-junkie, I love chick flicks and chocolate, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My life is fairly simple and I like it that way. I stay at home with my two boys ages three and one. We enjoy going for family walks often (in all kinds of weather), taking advantage of the parks along the way! My three-year-old likes to help me vacuum and pull weeds, poor kid! We spend a lot of time coloring and painting, reading books and playing games like peek-a-boo and hide-and-go-seek. We love to have friends over! Music is important to me and its a heartfelt pleasure to put on Mozart, Haydn or Dvorak and watch my children react as they hear my favorites for the first time. I love opera. I studied both vocal performance and teaching at the college level and graduated with a degree in music. I taught from my home for a while, but I found that I wanted more time with my children so I put that on hold. I read often and enjoy everything from Shakespeare to Ray Bradbury. I like to write, but not for the general public! I prefer my sports outdoors, a true cardio-junkie I like to to run, bike, and swim. My husband and I met while teaching Russian at a religious campus designed to train and prepare missionaries for their service. Both of us lived in Eastern Europe for a time as missionaries before we met. My husband has Russian heritage, so it is really gratifying to be able to speak Russian and learn more about our family heritage as we talk with family members. Well, I suppose that is Me in a pistachio shell!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon home, both of my parents were active participants in our local congregation. My friends always knew I was an old soul, I like to do things traditionally and according to personal creeds, so they rarely put me in a position that would make living my beliefs difficult, for example they never thought of inviting me to a party where there was drinking. I had few challenges to my faith or the way I chose to live my life until I moved out of state to go to college. I suddenly found myself in a very different environment than the one I had grown up in. There were choices to be made here. I remember the first Sunday I got a hold of the bishop and managed a ride to church. I hung up realizing that I really could just stay at the dorm and hang out with my new friends if I wanted. But I didn't want to. I knew the Lord would want me at church and I wanted to be a part of the closest congregation. Regardless if I was one of few young adults living in the area in a congregation composed mainly of families and elderly people. That first year was like a double edged blade for me. I found my beliefs challenged constantly. And to my amazement, each challenge, no matter how daunting it seemed at first, was overcome by the same answer, whispered quietly to my soul. "Its true. Its all true, and you can do this." Eventually I grew enough in my faith that I fulfilled a life long dream and served a mission for The Church and Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It was hard to leave the little congregation that had supported me through my first "real life" experiences. I often remember them, I don't know that they realize the impact they had on a lone college student. Since then I have been blessed with a beautiful family and a wonderful, supportive husband. My life is full of all I have ever wanted and more, and that whispering friend still nudges my soul, reminding me of my purpose and of the love I feel God has for me.

How I live my faith

I serve in our local congregation by leading the music. I have had many other opportunity to serve and have always enjoyed being involved. The responsibility I take most seriously is to my own family. It is here that I practice living my faith. There is nothing like learning and growing with my spouse as we counsel together and make life's decisions, little and big. Its seeing the tiny faces of my children looking up as they reaching out to me, looking for guidance and reassurance. Teaching them is my greatest and most important responsibility. Learning from them is another way I strive to live my faith.