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Hi I'm Aleatha

I'm a wife, mom, and Mormon.

About Me

 I'm a stay-at-home mom with one child -going on two. My husband is a graduate student. I have a B.A. in Humanities, with a minor in Art History. I like to sew, cook, and read about things I'm interested in.

Why I am a Mormon

 Why am I a Mormon? Because I have never had cause to leave. That sounds lame but let me explain. I was raised a Mormon by my parents. They told me the church and doctrine were true and I believed them as a child. Everything I knew about the church was good, happy, fun, made sense. It was my way of life, and I was happy. As I grew older most of my friends were not Mormons and made choices that I had been taught not to make -smoking, drinking, having sex before marriage, stealing, swearing. They were my friends and I loved them, and for the most part they were good people. But I had been taught not to do those things, and so I didn't. My parents had blessed me with a fairly strong sense of self-worth and confidence. Although outwardly shy and unassuming, inwardly I was fairly unmovable when it came to these things. But of course eventually I began to question why I thought it wrong to participate in the things my friends were doing. They seemed to have a good time and nothing bad came of it. Here all my life I had been obeying God and my parents, as I saw it, but I began to wonder if my parents were right after all. Perhaps it didn't really matter what I did? Around this time in our before-school scripture study group for high schoolers we memorized John 7.17. Here it is with verse 16 as well- 16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. 17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. I had never had a life-changing conversion moment. I've never felt that my testimony, or conviction, or belief in the church blossomed instantly and magically in one moment. As a teenager I began to doubt that I even had any because of this. But after reading and thinking about the above verses, I realized then I was about 17 that I "knew of the doctrine" because I had done God's will. I had trustingly and obediently followed the teachings of the Mormon church all my life, and I was happy and had always been a happy person. I felt content, secure, loved, and hopeful -and had all my life. I had no reason to try anything else -another way of life. If it ain't broke, don't fix it! I did not know if disobedience would make me happy indeed there were many who said it would not but I did know that obedience had already made me happy. So why take the risk? I know that many members of the church are unhappy -no matter how good or obedient they are. Mental illness, depression, angry family members, political unrest, accidents, chronic illness. Such things could affect me at any moment -and I would certainly not be happy about it. But I have a testimony now. It started when I was very young and took a more solid shape when I was 17. I have proven to myself that God is real and that his doctrine is true. More recently, I have realized that obedience to God has allowed me to form a relationship with Him. A true relationship where I can count on Him to give me the strength I need to live my life in a good way, no matter what might go horribly wrong. How could I reject a friend like that? How could I choose to leave that kind of relationship? It would be folly. Everything good in my life has come from that relationship with God. I have a husband who truly loves and honors me. He would never belittle me or deceive me -he couldn't even try. He is as open-faced and honest in his devotion for me as a true knight in shining armor. I am dead serious. How did I get such a wonderful man? Well, I would never have met him if I were not a Mormon. I met him at church. I believe he was a gift from God. Additionally, if I had not married him, I would never have had my son. What an amazing experience it is to be a mother. It is a huge part of my life right now and so enjoyable. Cheesy as it sounds, babies are truly precious gifts. Likewise all the other precious things in my life have come from my relationship with God. I love this scripture, Matthew 7.9-11 9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? God has given me good gifts. Not only do they make me happy, but I can use those gifts -my testimony, my relationship with God, my family- to help me get through bad times. And that's why I've never had cause to leave. 

How I live my faith

 I go to church with my family every Sunday. For the first hour I sit with the congregation and sing hymns, take the Sacrament kind of like Communion, and listen to speakers. For the next two hours I am currently assigned to work in the Nursery -playing with kids age 1.5-3 years, so their parents can teach or participate in classes like Sunday School. It's a fun job. Eventually I will be assigned a different job -we rotate through assignments. I go to the temple when I can. In the temple we make promises to be obedient to God. We also do ordinances, such as baptism, on behalf of our deceased ancestors who did not get a chance to be baptized while they were living.