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Hi I'm Alana

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My family and I live in rural New England. Our children love to explore the pond and woods. We work hard caring for our vegetable gardens and fruit trees. We have a greenhouse in progress. Backyard visitors include fox, geese, bear, deer, hare, wild turkeys, turtles, frogs, hawks and more. Our house sits on a dead end dirt road in the woods but we can walk to town in 30 minutes. Two LDS families and one single LDS adult live in our town. We drive 45 minutes to get to church and our children go to school with children of many faiths but have no LDS classmates. I graduated with a degree in French and Italian. I also studied Art, Music and Folklore. I teach French and Italian to small groups and individuals. Every day I use what I learned in school as I raise my four wonderful children. Nothing has challenged or rewarded me more than parenting does. I thank my Father in Heaven everyday for his help as I try my best to give my kids a good life.     

Why I am a Mormon

Years and years of small experiences and powerful feelings have convinced me that I've found the truth I craved. When I was young my mother took me to many churches. I also rode the bus that came to our apartment complex from the Baptist church. I attended services at local synagogues and enjoyed Passover with friends. With my 6th grade public school class I visited a Mosque, a Catholic Shrine, a Buddhist temple, a synagogue and other places of worship. I felt peace and reverence in each. When I attended worship services at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I felt something different. I understood. I could follow along. I felt closer to the Savior. I felt at home. When I was 12 I took the discussions with the full time missionaries. With each new lesson the feeling returned that I'd always known what they were telling me. It just felt right. It was simple and small. My heart swells and my eyes sting with tears when I encounter pure truth. When I try to live the teachings I learn at church I feel closer to Jesus Christ and feel that I know him. I want to mold my life to be more like his. Watching my 12 year old son pass the sacrament fills me with peace that I've made the right choice. When my husband baptized our oldest two children, each close to their eighth birthday I felt confirmation that they were making the right choice. When dear friends speak of the comfort they receive from the Lord at the passing of a child or a spouse, their witness resonates in me. I have experienced small miracles and felt the overwhelming presence of God. I know He is aware of me and knows me personally. I know He wants all of us to live with Him again as families. I know the Savior speaks to the world today through living prophets and to individuals through the Holy Ghost. I know the Book of Mormon is what Joseph Smith said it is – the word of God revealed through prophets to help us know Christ and believe in Him and to believe Him. I know because I’ve read it, prayed about it, tried living what it teaches and I’ve felt in my soul that it is true. And the beautiful thing about it -– no one expects us to swallow it whole or follow it blindly. We are all encouraged, exhorted, admonished, to pray and ask for ourselves. It works.  

How I live my faith

A friend once asked, "What are the challenges to practicing your religion?" I think true dedication to any religion challenges its adherents. We are asked to give of our time, talents, energy and material wealth. Sometimes we face the decision to give or hold back. The closer I’m feeling to the Savior through study, obedience and service the easier it is for me to choose what I know He would ask of me. The less I serve others and the longer I go between prayers and scripture study the more likely I am to resent the “sacrifices” expected of me. I can choose to simply attend my Sunday meetings and feel satisfied with my commitment or I can wade in deeper and reach out to those suffering even when it conflicts with what I think I want to do. Only when I choose true service can I connect with my Savior in meaningful ways.  

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

The Savior teaches us to love our neighbor the way the Good Samaritan did. He reached out to someone not of his faith. We try to follow Christ's teaching to serve everyone in need regardless of denomination. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Jesus Christ. He's the only one worthy of our faith. Friends will let us down. Money will fail us. Family members falter. Man's wisdom has no real foundation. Christ should be the focus of our faith. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Thomas S. Monson. He still calls himself "Tommy" when he tells stories. He is a kind and caring man known for the way he has reached out the widows, and lonely, suffering people his whole life. I know he was chosen by the Lord and that he did not seek this calling. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Try to live the teachings. Read the Book of Mormon and try to do what it says. Pray to ask God to confirm to you that what you're doing is right. Then pay attention to your feelings. God will speak to you in your own way. Some feel peace, some feel motivation others a warm flooding feeling, some hear a voice, others pure comfort. A friend once described the feeling of the Holy Ghost as a hug from God. Try it. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Yes, we believe Jesus is the Son of God. He was a teacher, but he was more than that. He performed miracles, but he was more than a healer. He did what no one else could do when he died for us. His sacrifice makes our repentance possible. He gave us a second chance. He also conquered death in a way that makes it possible for us to have our bodies reunited with our spirits at the resurrection -- whether we've chosen good or evil. If we choose good, his atonement makes it possible for us to live with Him and to be like Him. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

 No. Our church leaders past and present encourage us to get involved in our communities through service and informed voting. They do not tell us for whom to vote. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

A baby's smile. The crocuses peeking up out after months of snow. My two year old telling me she loves me. The comfort I feel at the death of a loved one. The patterns in nature. The way ants communicate with one another. The orbit of the earth through space. Everything tells me there's a God. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

 Easter is, in my opinion, the most important holiday we celebrate. Our services are simple, but emotion runs deep when we commemorate the resurrection of the Savior. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

By monies raised by the missionaries themselves before their missions, by their families and by donations of their friends and fellow church members. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Members of some religions call every other church a cult. I think also they misunderstand our belief in Jesus Christ because of the church's nickname "Mormons." That was given us because we read the Book of Mormon along with the Bible. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

We say the temples are sacred, not secret. We want everyone to go into the temple. But, we understand that for the temple to be a holy place we must be clean when we go there. So we strive for a certain standard of worthiness. It is a standard anyone can meet if they choose to. Show more Show less