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Hi I'm Aleah.

I'm a writer, a ballerina, a graduate of Southern Virginia University, and a former missionary of the California Fresno Mission.

About Me

I'm currently trying to conquer a quarter-life crisis, but it's only because I have so many awesome choices in front of me! I graduated from Southern Virginia University with a degree in English and Creative Writing. I'm passionate about the written language, and I love the way that words can convey truth, emotion, and especially the Spirit. My greatest dream is to write screenplays that preserve the history and life of the Church, it's members, and our Savior, and use that as a vehicle to teach and inspire others about Jesus Christ and His gospel. I love ballet, double stuffed oreos, Bollywood movies, and rolling down hills. I love the way I can share the gospel through dance and through writing, and how I can serve others through the talents Heavenly Father has given me. I recently returned home from serving in the California Fresno Mission, and the people of the central valley have made quite the impression on my heart.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the Church. Two missionaries knocked on my mother's door in the pouring rain as their last try for the night. I've been blessed to have the Gospel all of my life. But still, I had to be converted to the truth. I had to know for myself. This happened when I was a young girl, and my father committed suicide. I was only ten years old. It was a devestating time in my life, and the years that followed were difficult. There were periods when I was the only one still attending church. But because of my father's death, I found the perfect love of a perfect Father, our Heavenly Father. Never before had I felt so strongly that I was being watched over, and taken care of. There are many things in our lives, I believe, that can put holes into our soul. I have experienced many things in my life that have seemed to tear and rip at the delicate fabric of my Spirit, leaving me feeling quite empty and unrepairable. I'm a Mormon because the Atonement of Jesus Christ has filled that hole. The pieces that I thought could never be put back together were mended, and are still being mended as I continue to learn and to grow from this trial. Do I still grieve? Yes. Do I still miss my father? Everyday. Have I had a few more rocks thrown at me, putting in some new holes? Yes. But because of the Gospel I know that I will see my Papa again, and that families are forever. It has made my life so blissfully happy that I can scarcely believe it.

How I live my faith

Right now, I live my faith by serving as a missionary!

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A "testimony" is a term members of the church use to describe what they know to be true about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. A testimony comes from serious study of the Church and much prayer and personal experience. Each testimony is different, and is personal. There are many informal opportunites where testimonies can be shared with others, but the first Sunday of every month is set aside for congregations to share their testimonies with one another during the church meetings. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

There is a reason we call God our Heavenly Father; he is truly the Father of our spirits. He loves us with all of the feeling of a devoted and caring parent, and much more than that for Heavenly Father loves us perfectly. We come to know our Father as any child would come to know their earthly Father. They get to know him, spend time with him, and try to be like him. We can learn of our Father through the scriptures, and through the words of modern-day prophets and apostles. We can spend time with him through constant and earnest prayer, where we pour our hearts out to him and wait for his gentle answers. We can do the best we can in living good lives, and emulating the example of the Savior. Heavenly Father wants to know us. He wants us to come to him. We simply have to seek him. Show more Show less