Hi I'm Alysen
I am a blind woman who likes knitting, writing short poems, math, nature, and service.
Why I am a Mormon
I was born a Mormon. I remained one because I have felt the Holy Ghost strong as I read the scriptures, prayed, and watched conferences. I also remain because I have been richly blessed by the gospel and the priesthood. I know this church to be true. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have physical bodies and we were created in their images. I know that the gospel is true. I know that all the scriptures and church pamphlets are true doctrines of Christ and teach us how to return home. I know that President Monson is a prophet today along with the twelve apostles. I am grateful for him and all of the church leaders throughout the ages. I am grateful for the temple. I know that families can live together forever, that we will live again in the presence of God in an Immortal body, and have a chance to be like him. I am grateful for all my lessons and blessings, which I have received throughout my life. I am grateful for my family, faith, patience, and the help I have received to reach out to others. I am grateful for my many talents and learning how to use them to help my fellow beings. I am grateful for the assistance of others when I need it and for the answers to my prayers, though it may not be automatic. I know if we do what the Lord commands us we are blessed physically and spiritually. This and more I am thankful for and say in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
There two teachings which have have especially influenced me and are both parables. First is the ten virgins. As young girl I thought of the oil lamps as the ones we had at home in case of emergencies but later learned they were much smaller but in either case needed oil added little by little. This taught me to show my good works and talents the best I could. Then There is the parable of the Widow's Mites. This taught me it doesn't matter how much I have or give, as long as I do not brag and do my best.
Why do Mormons do family history or genealogy work?
Since family is central to the plan of salvation the Latter-Day Saints do family history search to seek out their ancistors. I have done this, especially on my mother's side, to find out where where we have come from and who else is in our in the family.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
Each time I read I try to do so with prayer and compare it to myself and things that are happening today. As I do this a new scripture may touch my heart and mind and helps me feel closer to God and has me think of what has been said. I also may search other scriptures such as the Old and New Testament to help me understand the one I had first read.
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
Being blind I have learned my main gift is using my hands. This gift has blessed others because I have learned a second talent of knitting so I have knitted scarfs for those in need. I also enjoy writing short poems and with these poems I am able to share my same feelings with friends. Finally, with my gift of using my handsI am able to read Braille so I am able to read books to children and prepare lessons and teach.
Please share your feelings/testimony of the Restoration of the Gospel.
I am grateful for Joseph Smith Jr. for obeying Jesus Christ so His, Jesus', church could be restored. I am grateful all the keys of the priesthood are on the earth today or I may not of had my chance to be hear. I love feasting on all of God's words and I thank Him for restoring them so I may learn who I am and where I came from.
Please share your feelings/testimony of Joseph Smith.
I appreciate all which Joseph Smith has done. He was a faithful prophet, loving father, a teacher, and a friend willing to play, listen, help, and teach. He was full of humor when it was necessary, and also fire when the time of chastisement was needed. In all cases I am thankful for what he has done and taught.
In what ways have your prayers been answered?
The main ways I know my prayers have been answered is when I was a Relief Society teacher and prayed to know what I should teach from the lessons. This was answered when I received thank yous from the sisters. The same was true when I wrote letters for Visiting Teaching and used the same process.
Why/How do you share the gospel with your friends?
I share the gospel with my friends because I want them to experience the same things I have. This has been difficult but when I feel the inspiration of the Holy Ghost to give a friend either a Book of Mormon or pass along card, I listen.
What blessings have come through your faith in Jesus Christ?
Through my faith in Jesus Christ, I have been able to see for eight years. I survived a seizure thanks to a Bishop's blessing and faith. I have learned to adapt to my blindness and to move on because of my faith in Jesus Christ. This and much more.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Prayer is very important in my life because as I pray I feel I am speaking to Heavenly Father as if he is standing right next to me. I may do this vocally or silently, it does not matter, but I feel the conformation from of the Holy Ghost my prayer has been heard.
How I live my faith
I have lived my faith since I was a child. I increase this faith by reading my scriptures, praying, and putting my trust in Heavenly Father God as I try the things which I believe he wants me to do. This has also been true as a teacher for children and women. I would pray and then prepare the lessons putting my trust in God and hoping I was gathering the necessary material for those I taught. When I wrote letters for sisters in the church I also prayed and then read the lesson then listened for inspiration to know what was God's will for me to write in the letters that would reach their hearts and teach them.