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Hi I'm Alisa

I have PhD in Evolutionary Genetics, I'm a wife and mom, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married for over 10 years now to a wonderful man from India -- we met in college while we were both pursuing graduate studies in Biology. We have an adorable and energetic 4-yr old daughter, and an orange tabby cat we saved from the streets in India. I worked on writing my PhD dissertation in Evolutionary Genetics while having a daughter and moving to three different countries my husband works for an international company. I recently completed my degree, thanks to plenty of help from Heavenly Father and my family. I love to play piano and guitar, and I enjoy reading young teen fantasy fiction novels. I also dabble in home repair and thinking of mostly useless inventions.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was raised Mormon, my conversion has taken many years. I've gradually come to know that Jesus is my savior, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is lead by a modern-day prophet of God, and that Jesus is at the head of the church. The Book of Mormon is an important part of my testimony. Sometimes when I have doubts, I read the testimony of the three and eight witnesses at the beginning of the book, and I'm always impressed at the depth of sincerity they portray. The New Testament is also an important key to my testimony; it gives me insight into the amazing example set by Jesus when he lived on Earth. Reading the scriptures every day, praying sincerely, going to church every Sunday, and trying to serve my family and people I know helps remind me what my real purpose is here on Earth. I love teaching my daughter about the love Jesus has for us, and about how we can all live together again after we die. I love this church, and I will continue to try to follow the example of Jesus, who showed us what "love your neighbor" really means.

How I live my faith

I have four main goals that I focus on to try to keep myself spiritually healthy: First, pray daily; second, go to church every Sunday; third, read scriptures daily; and fourth, write in my journal regularly. When I remember to do these things before any of my other commitments, things have a way of working out. As for serving in the church, I enjoy accompanying the congregation hymns on piano or organ. I've also taught gospel classes for young women, and I've helped out in the nursery. Visiting teaching has helped me a lot whenever I'm new in an area, because it is usually through visiting my assigned women every month that I make my best friends.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

The husband and the wife should work together to help each other do whatever they need to do. Just like different regions of the world can solve problems by working together, life can be much easier when people have partners to share their burdens. Because women are biologically the child-bearers, it is often optimal for women to raise the children and for the husband to work to support the family. That doesn't mean women can't make money, or that men can't help raise the children -- it's just a recognition of the biology inherent to females and males. Every family, of course, will have unique circumstances, and it is important for us to include Heavenly Father in our decisions as we figure out what we need to do to be good husbands, wives, fathers, and mothers. Show more Show less