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Hi I'm Alicia

I am a mom of four. I love to read. I work as an addiction counselor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I were married in the Denver temple in 2000, and we currently have 3 boys and 1 girl. I recently completed my undergraduate degree in Human Services with Addiction concentration. Right now I'm working full-time as an Addiction Counselor in a residential treatment center for adults. I love, love, love to read! Some of my favorite books are the Twilight Series, Harry Potter, Fablehaven, Pride and Prejudice, and anything by C.S. Lewis (especially the Chronicles of Narnia). I come from a large family; I have 3 sisters and 4 brothers, and my husband has 3 brothers. I enjoy spending most of my time hanging out with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were baptized into the Church before I was born, so I was raised as a Mormon my entire life. However, when I was a teenager I began to question the things I had been taught my whole life. I decided that I needed to find out for myself if the Church was really true, so I prayed to my Heavenly Father and asked Him if it was true. It took two and a half difficult years before I got an answer, but finally I did get an answer. I recieved my answer on May 5, 1996, a day I will never forget because it changed my life forever. On that day, as I was again praying to know if the Church was true, I heard the still small voice whisper to me that yes the Church was true. As soon as I heard those words it felt like my mind was opened up and the knowledge was given to me so powerfully that I could not doubt it, and I still cannot doubt it. As a result, I can say honestly and without hesitation that I know this Church is true. I don't just think it is true and I don't hope it is true; I know that it is true. I could not deny the truthfulness of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints anymore than I could deny that I live and breath. Since that day I have dedicated my life to living the commandments of God. Because of this testimony I have, my life has been so blessed. There is so much comfort in knowing where we came from, why we are here, and what will happen after this life is over.

How I live my faith

Over the years I have had the opportunity to volunteer in several different areas of the Church. Currently I volunteer with the local young women, or adolescent girls between the ages of 12 and 18. I help organize weekly activities for the girls and instruction on Sundays during church. The Young Women program helps these girls develop essential life skills, learn important values and principles, and prepare for the future. I truly love working with the young women in my area; they are real and powerful examples of faith and strength in my life. I have been volunteering my time to various assignments in the Church since I was a teenager, and it has always been one of the most rewarding and wonderful experiences in my life.

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

Alicia
The temple is not secret, it is sacred. Inside the temple we make sacred covenants with our Heavenly Father, and we perform vicarious ordinances for those who have already passed through this life. These covenants are so sacred in nature that we do not talk about them outside of the temple walls. These covenants are also very serious, and because of that a person must be prepared and ready before they go to the temple. The temple is also a House of God on earth, and therefore a person must be worthy to enter. This is why mormons must recieve a temple recommend from the Bishop and Stake President before going to the temple. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Alicia
Mormon women are some of the wisest, most creative, kindest, most charitable women I know. Our world sends the message that equality equals the same. However, equality really means of equal value. You can make apples and carrots weigh the same amount, but they will never be the same thing. That's how I like to think of equality between men and women; we are equal in value and worth, but not the exact same. We have unique strengths and differences that together create balance and harmony. I find it heartbreaking that the world tells women that in order to be valuable we must compete with men. The Mormon church teaches that as women we have our own sacred and unique roles and responsibilities. In fact, as a woman I share one of the most sacred and special roles possible; creating and nurturing human life. What greater responsibility could there be? I have found that in the Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I feel more honored and supported as a woman than anywhere else in the world. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Alicia
As an Addiction Counselor I feel compelled to answer this question. The Word of Wisdom is sort of like a health code on the surface, but in truth it is much, much more. The Word of Wisdom teaches us that we should avoid harmful things such as, coffee, tea, alcohol, and drugs, and that we should eat healthy foods such as whole grains and fruits. The Word of Wisdom was revealed through Joseph Smith in 1833, long before science had shown all of the damage casued to our bodies by the substances mentioned in it. Now we know that tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs, coffee, and the other things mentioned, cause tremendous damage to our bodies. More importantly these things can cause severe damage to our spirits and our freedom. Addiction is one of the many harms that can come from not following the Word of Wisdom. As an Addicition Counsleor in detox, I see first hand the tremendous devastation that addiction brings to those caught in its snare. I've seen people who have given up everything, including their own lives at times, for drugs or alcohol. When a person becomes an addict they forfiet a large portion of their freedom and become a slave to whatever they are addictied to. The Word of Wisdom is there to protect us from this, and other, great evils of our world. Show more Show less