Hi I'm Alaine!
I'm the little sister in a large family of brilliant brothers and sisters. My brothers are my heroes. I am a widow, a mother of four and a terrible speller. I have remarried, over twenty years ago, am a step-mother, and the grandmother to nine grandchildren. I am an attorney and strive to be the nicest person in the courtroom. I'm trying to remember how to sew, love making math games for my grandchildren to practice their multiplication tables, and my Marine just returned safely from Afghanistan.
Why I am a Mormon
I believe Jesus Christ. Throughout the New Testament and the Book of Mormon, the Lord promises me that if I will always follow his example, I will always have his spirit to be with me.
Please share your feelings/testimony of Joseph Smith.
I do not worship Joseph Smith, I revere him. Can you imagine a fourteen year old boy with enough character and personal integrity to go to the Lord and ask him if the truth of God's existence was here on this earth? Can you imagine God not answering him and honestly? In the Bible, in James 1:5, God promises to answer our sincere questions. I have asked a few questions of my own. I have asked God, sincerely, and with the intention of living up to what ever answer I received, to know if Joseph Smith was really a prophet of God's, and the Lord answered me that he is. The reason I know is because every teaching of Joseph Smith, every action, every sacrifice he made has brought good into my life, and the Lord taught us in the scriptures, "By their fruits, ye shall know them." I know that Joseph Smith was called by God to be his prophet in his day, just like Abraham, Moses, Issac were in their day, and other prophets were provided by the Lord for his children...on down through the centuries to our day. I know that he was given worthy men who follow his example, his priesthood, the power to act in the place of God. I have seen this power in action, and it has been an irrefutable blessing in my, and my family's life. I know that Joseph Smith was entrusted with the records of some of God's early prophets on the American soil, and their teachings are consistent with Jesus Christ's life and teachings while he walked here on this earth--both in the old world and the new. I know that that collection of scriptures, once written on plates of durable metals like copper and gold, is now known in paper and electronic form as the Book of Mormon. I just finished reading Book of Mormon again, probably for over the twentieth time, and I know God's voice is in those words. I know that God also commanded Joseph Smith to organize his church here on earth once again so that his scriptures could be put to work among his children. I know the preserving of God's truth and the return and reestablishment of God's chruch was necessary, because after the death of Christ, men took God's doctrines into their own hands and changed and deadened them. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ existed before this apostasy, but then, the apostasy came, and because of Joseph Smith, God's gospel and church exists on the earth again today as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: a name that carries Christ's name and our era. Joseph Smith stood for Jesus Christ, and sought to obey him and be like him in character and deed. What more would the Lord require of one of his prophets? I am so grateful to recognize and benefit from a living prophet in my life, today. You can believe Jesus Christ, and you can believe his prophets. I know that their influence in my life is one and the same.
What has helped develop greater harmony in your home?
Look for ways to make my husband's life more comfortable.
How I live my faith
The Lord teaches that you cannot have faith and fear at the same time, so to answer the question, I live my faith by not living in fear. You probably know, that is not easy to do. Good thing we have Christ's example: I sincerely try to do what our Savior would do, in all times and in all places. I have a lot of reminders that help try to be more consistent: I have regular daily personal prayer, and prayer with my family. I read the scriptures daily. I visit the temple on a regular basis, usually once a week. I attend church meetings every Sunday. I wear modest clothing. I avoid products including television shows or movies, that degrade my feelings for the Savior. I get enough rest, exercise and good food to stay healthy and respectful of my body. I try my very best to be honest with my fellowmen and in my business dealings. I look for opportunities to be of service to others. It is a process, but your capacity certainly improves with desire, time and effort, and that is the point of a life of faith = no fear.