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Hi I'm Alyssa

I'm a chemical engineer, working to solve the energy crisis through algae, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a chemical engineer. I earned my Ph.D. in chemical engineering a few years ago, and completed 3 years of postdoctoral research. My graduate and postdoctoral work focused in the area of biotechnology for renewable materials. I'm currently working for a company that specializes in making biofuels. I love my husband. We were married a few years ago in the temple. I am thankful every day for the promises we made there and the effect they have on strengthening my marriage. We love spending time together in all sorts of ways, from hiking to walking on the beach, and playing games to cooking. Every activity we do seems more fun with him around, though I appreciate some time apart, too. I especially enjoy spending time with our extended family members, even over the phone. I love the church and my service opportunities there. I've been given quite a few responsibilities over the years, and I am always surprised how they help me grow. I am thankful to be in a church that encourages women to obtain their education, and become well-rounded. I appreciate the other sisters in the church taking time to teach useful skills, such as preparing healthy meals, sewing, working on crafts, and studying and sharing the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

For me, this is a very interesting question. I was raised in the church, but I have always had an inquisitive mind. I remember wondering very early in life if I really believed what I was being taught about the church. I knew that people often talked about the miracles Jesus and his disciples performed in the Bible, and taught that through Joseph Smith, that power was again restored to the earth. But, I wasn't convinced. However, there was something that seemed to ring true to me, and that was that I was a child of God and I could return to live with him again. Somehow, I never questioned that part, because it felt so right. I was still pretty young, about 7, when I had an experience that taught me about the power of the priesthood. When I was seriously injured, there were some priesthood holders nearby that gave me a blessing. I felt the power they held, and suddenly I couldn't question whether or not God's power was on earth anymore. It was real, and I was healed. After that it still took me a long time to gain a testimony of other principles. I had to read and pray to know if the Book of Mormon was true, and that God would hear and answer my prayers. But, just knowing that part of the church was true, and being able to recognize his power in my life made all the difference. I was excited and happy to be baptized a year later, and grateful to be able to feel that God's presence was also there for that event, and he was pleased with my decisions. I cherish the experiences I have had in my life that have taught me about the reality of the gospel and the Atonement of my Savior, Jesus Christ. I am grateful I can rely on his power to guide my life. Having the knowledge that I am never alone in this world really makes a difference in how I choose to live. I am very happy with where I am at in my life, and I know that my blessings have come from my decisions to live according to the gospel.

How I live my faith

I like to combine my passions with service. One of the things that I really enjoy doing is cooking. I live a community that has a lot of students and young couples. There is always an opportunity to provide a meal for a family that just moved in, or that just had a baby, or that could just use a meal. I enjoy having them over and cooking for them and brightening their day. I also enjoy organization and process optimization. I get an opportunity to put these skills into practice at the local food bank. Even though the task of sorting or packing is simple, I like to figure out the most efficient way to accomplish the task. I know I have done a good job when others start copying my method. Best of all, I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment I get when I know I've participated in preparing 1.5 tons of food that will benefit my local community. I try to live the way God would have me live. I try to be happy and helpful. Service is a way that I can do something for someone else. I get so many blessings, and it feels so good to help others. I also find it helps to stay grounded in God's word. I read my scriptures, pray, go to the temple, and church. It reminds me of the bigger picture of life. It helps me focus on what is important in life and less on the stressful and mundane worries of life. I find when I seek out God, I think less about myself and more about others.

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