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Hi I'm Amanda

I play, I teach, I travel. I love it and I share it, so others can love it, too. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a small town, but I have big dreams. Anyone who decides to study music must have big dreams. And any girl who chooses to study horn must also have nerves of steel. I used to play because I knew a music scholarship was the only way I'd be able to afford college, but when I started to see the joy and peace and memories that music could bring others, I began to really fall in love with what I did. Since then, I have graduated with my music degree, and a degree in English, too. Although life seems to have taken me everywhere and back again--teaching, marketing, journalism, missionary work, and beyond--I have come to realize that, really, the trick to being happy is the same: I am happiest when what I do can make others happy, too.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that I have a Heavenly Father who knows and loves me personally. I've felt that love. And I love Him, too. And because of that love, I can feel and know that this is where he wants me. I may not always know the answers to everything about my faith, but each day I strive to understand a little more. And as I do, things become more clear. As I press forward, acting on the things I believe to be true, I see confirmed to me the blessings that can only come from knowing that I'm living how and where He wants me to live and be. Ultimately, I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it has been the source of every good thing in my life. It has given me some of the best friends I could possibly ask for, and helped me to be the best friend that I can to those around me. It has given me a healthy, strong, and loving family that I love more than I can every adequately express. And it has given me a love of life, a source of joy, and a call for hope in a world that many feel is dark, scary, or uncertain. It has brought me everything I need to be truly, deeply, eternally happy.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by living! Of course, each day I devote time to studying the scriptures and serving others, each week I devote time to attending church and fulfilling responsibilities there, and each moment I try to devote the prayers of my heart to a listening Heavenly Father. But I often find that the times I am really called to live my faith come not at a desk with a bible or on my knees by my bedside; they come when I go about doing my day-to-day things. The people I meet, the challenges I face, the decisions I make each and every day are the chances that God is giving me to choose to exercise my faith. To love and learn from those around me, to trust in Him when the path seems unclear, to stand for what I know is true--these are the ways that I, and you, and all others, are given the chance to live our faith. And the cool thing is, as I do these things, my life becomes a life of faith, of miracles, and of daily manifestations of God's grace and mercy as I strive to be more like Him.