Author: Amanda D

The Atonement and Me

by Amanda D Elder Hales once said, “When the challenges of mortality come, and they come for all of us, it may seem hard to have faith and hard to believe at these times. Only faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His Atonement can bring us peace, hope and understanding. Only faith that He suffered for our sakes will give us the strength to endure to the end. When we gain this faith, we experience a mighty change of heart, and like Enos, we become stronger and begin to feel a desire for the welfare of our brothers and sisters. We pray for them, that they too will be lifted and strengthen them through faith on the atonement of our Savior, Jesus Christ.” —- I was thinking recently about what the atonement means for me in my life and I thought a lot about my nine-year-old son. I’ve done most of my motherhood learning on him. I’m so far from perfect. He has gotten the brunt of my yelling, my frustration, my imperfection and my expectations that are too high. When I’ve let my temper get the best of me, my son simmers for a few minutes and then forgives me. He puts those negative moments out of his mind. He doesn’t hide away from me. He still wants to be with me and talk and play. I...

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A Day in My Mormon Life

By Amanda D I am a Mormon wife and mother and this is a typical day in my life: I have three school-aged children so my day starts before the sun rises at this time of year. I get up at 6:15 and start getting kids up and ready for school. I try to serve them a hot breakfast on school days. Some days this is well received and other days they wish they were having cold cereal. Most mornings it seems like I have to prod my daughter to take each bite. After breakfast, I pester the kids until their teeth are brushed, their faces are washed, their backpacks are ready and their shoes are on. Then they are off to the bus and I take a little while to check my email and read a few blogs. I also try to clean up the breakfast mess. Next up, my kindergartener wants me to play with him. Lately, we play Legos or cars or we read stories and sometimes we watch TV together. I try to get a workout in a few times a week so my son goes to the gym with me and plays in the daycare. Afterwards, I rush home for a quick shower and then we eat lunch together. After lunch, I get him ready for school and we walk to his bus stop...

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The Book of Mormon: A life-changing book

By Amanda I read a blog post by a friend recently in which the author talked about the different books that have changed her life. My first thought was that I should do a post like that. I am, after all, a big reader. I love to read. I spend time reading everyday without fail. Certainly my list of life-changing books would be long. So, I sat down and started making a list. Much to my surprise, all I could come up with was: One. The Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon has been a spiritual guide for me.  It is a companion to the Holy Bible and has deepened my understanding of all scripture.  It is a testament of Jesus Christ, and I have gained a true testimony of Him in the pages of this book. I’ve learned about His prophets and His life. I’ve found answers to questions in its pages.  I’ve gained peace and comfort from it’s pages. When I’m reading it regularly, I am a better wife and mother. And that for me is...

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My Father

By Amanda D (Me with my dad at a petting zoo, circa 1982 or 1983) One of my favorite memories is from when I was a little girl – I’m wearing a dress that my mom made me, my hair is curly and I’m standing on my dad’s toes. He’s wearing jeans and tee-shirt (a red one with a fish on it that reads “Every man must believe in something, I believe I’ll go fishing.”) and he is dancing me around the kitchen while singing the alphabet song. This is the way that I learned my ABC’s. We danced and he sang over and over again. Looking back, I see how much I learned from my father. He’s an attorney by trade. He taught me how important education is. He taught me how to work hard and how to play hard. He taught me the importance of being together as a family, too. People always assumed that since he was an attorney, we were well off financially. My dad worked in his own practice, going to work at eight in the morning and coming home at five. His evenings and weekends were always available for family time. Looking back I see that he could have worked for a different law firm and potentially made more money, but that wasn’t as important to him as having time to spend with...

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God’s Creation

In Relief Society recently, we had a lesson about the creation. For me, there is no doubt that this world (and others) was created with purpose by Jesus Christ, under the direction of a loving God. It’s difficult for me to comprehend the idea that this world is a matter of chance, like some believe.. I feel that things work together to perfectly for that to be the case. I look at flowers, mountains, cactus, stars, and rivers and I am in awe of our God. He has given us so much beauty – in addition to the things we need. We believe that “He divided the light from darkness to make day and night. He formed the sun, moon and stars. He divided the waters from the dry land to make seas, rivers and lakes. He made the earth beautiful and productive. He made grass, trees, flowers, and other plants of all kinds. These plants contained seeds from which new plants could grow. Then He created the animals-fish, cattle, insects, and birds of all kinds.” Because of this creation, the earth was “ready for the greatest creation of all – mankind.” (Gospel Principles, by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. 1978, 2009; page 24) Looking at the things that the Lord has created for us is further evidence to me that He loves us. He has given us the ability to...

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