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Hi I'm Alisa Castle

I grew up in a small town in Idaho. I am a mother of three children. I am a Mormon. I enjoy the beauty of God's creations.

About Me

I enjoy doing general yard work, keeping up on current events, uplifting entertainment, meeting people of diverse backgrounds, cooking, handwork, and blogging. I enjoy quiet one-on-one time with each of my children and my spouse.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was baptized as a child, as a missionary, I have gained my own conviction of the value and reality of Heavenly Father's love and plan for His children. Life experiences have brought opportunities to become closer to Him and learn His will for me and for those that I love and serve. Every time I am near or in a temple, there a powerful peaceful spirit. The salvation of those who are on the earth and have passed on is vital and necessary to the progression of Heavenly Father's children. I am thankful for the links that can be strengthened with family members through family history work.

How I live my faith

Time is precious. Every minute I spend on my knees in prayer and in the scriptures is worth it. It is time well invested. Life runs more smoothly when I take time to do these things regularly. My interactions with others are better. I am able to see and treat others more as Heavenly Father would have me do. I am glad for the people with heavenly virtues that I come in contact with. My children and spouse are normal and struggle with weaknesses as anyone does. Each person is important to our Heavenly Father. Often I remind myself that I need to show the love for others that Heavenly Father shows for me. The Holy Spirit inspires and bridges the gap between my inability and finding the way to do His will.

Who was Joseph Smith?

Alisa Castle
As a young boy, Joseph Smith wanted to know which church he should join. There were many to choose from at that time in history. He had a good family. They read the Bible every night, as many families at that time in history. He knew something of how to pray from what his mother and father had taught through example and word. He wanted to know for himself what God wanted him to do. When he prayed for an answer, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ visited him and answered his prayer. He was told to not join any of the churches that were organized at that time. One of the hymns we sing often is "Joseph Smith's First Prayer" tells of the experience he had beautifully. Every time I sing or hear that song, I feel a powerful witness to my heart of the reality and meaning of what he experienced. Heavenly Father will answer your prayers in a way and at a time that you need. Show more Show less