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Hi I'm Alicia Bytheway

I love being a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a wonderful man who is such a good example to me. We were married in the Salt Lake temple. We have loved living in many places since we have been married. We love going on bike rides and walks together to just talk and enjoy nature. We also love going on road trips and singing and talking together. I went to school at BYU Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho and I loved going to school there! I earned a Bachelors degree in University Studies and an associates degree in General Studies.My favorite things are being with my husband, family, and friends, anything outdoors, dancing, cooking, sewing, reading, and anything active! I remember going hiking growing up a lot in the summer. We would go to Zions and also did many near park city, little and big cottonwood canyon, and my favorite all time hike was Timpanogus mountain! You want a challenge? Hike that mountain! I grew up doing gymnastics and dance until I was 15 and than from then on out I did tennis, a little of volleyball and softball, and I loved taking dance classes during college. One of my passions is running and just for a few miles! I love running outside especially because you can see the nature all around that is so beautiful! I think its important each day to take time to be active and also taking time to relax and contemplate. I love the elderly as well and spend time with them when I can. It's amazing to me how much happiness comes when you can lose yourself and serve others!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church with parents who loved the Lord. I consider being a Mormon the greatest blessing in my life. When I think of how being a member of this church has helped me and the blessings I have received each day and over the years, I am overwhelmed with gratitude. I love being a Mormon! I love how liberating it is in my life! When you live the commandments, it is amazing the happiness that can come into your life. Being a member of Christ's church in these Latter days is such a blessing. I know he lives! I am a Mormon because I know the Prophet President Monson is a man called by God himself. He receives guidance from Heavenly Father to guide us. I am a Mormon because I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I know that it is true and has also been a guidance for me in my life! When I read the Book of Mormon, I can feel a change in myself. I can feel peace and assurance that everything will be okay no matter what is going on in my life. I have a greater desire to do good and a greater desire to become more like my Savior. I am Mormon because being a part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has brought me more happiness than anything else in my life. I am a Mormon because I choose to be. I am grateful to be a member of Christ's Church in these Latter Days. I know it is true and I sustain those who are the leaders of it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by going to church each week. Going to Sacrament meeting where I am able to be reminded of the covenants that I have made is the best part of every Sunday. I am reminded of my Savior and what he has done for me. I am reminded of the things that I need to do better in and I am able to be uplifted and strengthened by those who have prepared talks. I live my faith by trying filling my mind with uplifting and wholesome entertainment and media. I know that what I fill my mind with can have great effects on my words, actions, and even deeds. I live my faith by serving those around me. Serving is not always convenient, yet it is something that brings out the best in each of us. I live my faith by following through with promptings that I receive. I always want the Lord to know that if he needs someone to help, I am always willing to do it.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Alicia Bytheway
He answers my prayers. Not always immediately, but he always does in time. I have felt his love when I have done something that was hard but felt like I needed to do not knowing why I needed to do it. The creations around me tells me there is a God as well. There is so much beauty in the world to not believe it. I have asked him if I am his daughter and if he loves me many times in prayers I have said and have always felt an overwhelming love that he does, he is there, and he is aware of me, knows me by name, and that I am his daughter. I believe that he is aware of each of his children here on earth individually. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Alicia Bytheway
Faith is believing or hoping in something you can't see. Faith can be taking a step forward not knowing what will happen next. One example of this in my life was when I was deciding where to go to college. I was excited to start a new phase in my life, but I was not sure which college would be best for me. One day at school, they had a day where many colleges came to the High School so that we could talk to the people and get an idea what their college would be like. I had a thought to I should go check out BYU-Idaho. I didn't really think I wanted to go there, but I felt like the more I pushed the thought out, the more it kept coming back into my head. I had a friend who also wanted me to go check the school out, but I still was hesitant. I decided to go to the classroom and check it out and than leave. I had no plan or intention to make any plans of going there. When I entered the room, I knew that this is the school that I needed to go to. I didn't know why, I didn't know what I wanted to major in, I didn't know if I would be able to get accepted to the school, I just knew what I felt and I couldn't deny it. This was a time in my life that I had to take a step in a direction I wasn't sure what was going to happen. I went to school at BYU-Idaho for four years and I will never regret that decision that I made to apply to the school and taking that step of faith to attend school there. The lessons and experiences that I went through there, I will always remember. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Alicia Bytheway
This is something that I have always wondered because I have been a Mormon all of my life and never had a miraculous spiritual experience like Joseph Smith to know if the church is true. For me it has come a little bit at a time as the years have gone on, my testimony for each thing I believe in has been strengthened through praying a lot, reading and really studying the scriptures, and listening to the Prophet President Monson and how I feel when he speaks. You can feel a difference when a Prophet of the Lord speaks. It is through the Prophet's talks that many of times I have found an answer to the questions I have had for sometimes many years. To know if it is true, I have had to have faith and a desire to really know to find out for myself. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Alicia Bytheway
Relief Society is a Worldwide Circle of Sisterhood. We meet each Sunday for one of the three hours and have a lesson/discussion on a gospel topic, sing hymns together and discuss upcoming events. It is a place where woman are able to bond and able to help each other. It is and should be a place of refuge and a place where you can find hope and encouragement from the sisters around you. It is a wonderful organization that has been set up to bless, strengthen, and uplift each other. Julie B. Beck, the fifteenth Relief Society general president, taught: "Through Relief Society we practice being disciples of Christ. we learn what He would have us learn, we do what He would have us do, and we become what He would have us become." Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Alicia Bytheway
As a woman, one thing I think is so important is to make sure you are not walking pornography. I feel as I wear things that I am not pulling up or down to adjust to make sure I am modest, I am able to feel better and more confident of myself. I think as a woman as you chose to respect your body and God's creation, the people around you have more respect for you. The men don't have to worry about reverting their thoughts else where if you are dressed modestly and for a man who is trying to rid himself of those thoughts, it is so much easier of a process for him if a woman understands that they are important part of helping that process come along. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Alicia Bytheway
We believe that there is life after death. That we will be resurrected to have our spirit and bodies reunite when Christ comes again. We believe that Families can be together forever and that marriage can be not just till death, but throughout eternity. We can receive these blessings of living with loved ones in the next life as we live the principles and teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What a comfort and blessing this sweet knowledge is. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Alicia Bytheway
I believe that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ. I believe that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. I believe that President Monson today is a true Prophet of God and is led by God himself in helping us know how to handle the things that are in the world today or are to come. I believe the Book of Mormon is the word of God. The words in it are from God himself and that book is one that will draw you closer to God than any other book on earth. I believe that Jesus Christ did died and suffer for me and all mankind so that I am able to repent each and every day for the many mistakes I make big and small. It is for all mankind, not just the sinners. We believe that Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father, and the Holy Ghost are all separate beings. We believe that this church is true! It has been the greatest blessing in my life. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Alicia Bytheway
No, mormons believe in the golden rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you regardless of race, color, or religion. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Alicia Bytheway
So many blessings can come as I have had the Holy Ghost in my life. Before I was baptized, I could only feel the Holy Ghost come and go, but when I was baptized I have been able to consistently make choices that I know are good because I when I do I feel at peace and the Holy Ghost confirms to me that I have made a decision that is right. On the contrary, I have been able to know when I have done something that is wrong. I don't feel good inside and I am not able to feel the Holy Ghost with me. He can't be with me if I am not making choices that are pleasing to God. I am so grateful for this gift I have been given and know that it is something that has greatly blessed my life. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Alicia Bytheway
You can receive the knowledge that the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures are the words of God here upon the earth to bless and guide Heavenly Father's children here upon the earth if you are seeking to know. In Moroni 10:4 it says: "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." I believe this scripture with all of my heart and know it is for all of God's children who seek to know. Heavenly Father loves his children. When I read the scriptures, I feel God's love for me and his children all around the world. When I read the scriptures, I feel inspired to be a little better as a wife, a daughter, an in-law, a sister, a granddaughter, a niece, a cousin, a neighbor, a friend, and a future mom. When I read the scriptures, I am able to have a clearer view of my purpose in life and the direction I should go and things that I should be doing. The blessings that you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures are countless and cannot be numbered. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Alicia Bytheway
The tithing is used to build temples, chapels, and other church buildings around the world. It is used to fund the missionaries that teach the Gospel all around the world. It is used to help with education for those who are attaining an education. It is used for temple work, family history work, and many other important church functions. I have a testimony of paying your tithing each time you get a paycheck. While in college, I was very low in money one semester and was not sure how I was going to make it. I had quit my job because I felt I needed to focus on the calling in my ward at had at the time in church. I continued to pay my tithing with the little money I received from my last pay check. Not long after this, I was issued a parking ticket for parking in an area that I didn't realize was not permitted. It was $10.00, and I didn't have the money to pay it. I was not sure what I was going to do. The next day, I was sent a card in the mail from my aunt. Inside the card was exactly $10.00. I was able to pay the ticket and the rest of the semester, things continued to work out for me financially. I know it was the hand of the Lord watching over me and blessing me as I was faithful in paying my tithing. Show more Show less