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Hi I'm Alison

I grew up in Los Angeles. I'm studying to be an elementary school teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up Mormon in the Los Angeles area. Now, I'm in college, majoring in Elementary Education and having a blast. I'm an avid movie watcher - some would say I spend too much time watching movies. To those people, I say "Excellent." I am a firm believer in retail therapy, although I'm blessed to have multiple friends to divulge my emotions to from time to time. To sum things up, I'm just really happy with my life, and I wouldn't change a thing.

Why I am a Mormon

I know I grew up in this church, but BECOMING Mormon was another thing entirely. As a child I knew this church was true, but somewhere along the way I forgot who I was and what being a member entailed. For lack of a better term, I slacked off. I stopped caring about how I acted, and I thought maybe I'd find my "true" self through other mediums. Atheism was where I started - I went back to square one. It was so appealing because it was so easy. To not have to worry about religion at all? That would make life simple. But I just knew instinctively and undeniably that this life couldn't be it. I had that nagging feeling that I was shutting truth out for selfish ease. So I started searching other churches for answers. Presbyterian, Catholic, various Christian sects with various names. They all had some solid truths, and they are essentially good religions that made me feel good. But nothing I came across ever made me feel the way this church makes me feel. It's better than good. It isn't a loud, "in your face" feeling, and it's not something words can do justice to. It's a persistent calm, and it spreads from the heart like warm water rushing through the veins, and it's sublime. This feeling, the one I couldn't find completely anywhere else, is what we, in this church, refer to as The Holy Ghost. And when I feel it, I can't deny it, and I just know that this church is the truth. The ENTIRE truth, not just bits and pieces. This church makes me want to be a better person. Not because they tell me to, and not because it's expected of me. But because when I strive to be my best, to be that better person day by day, I have that sublime feeling and I know I'm on my way to something more.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in the little details. In the way I treat other people, in how I organize my life, in how I handle situations. Every morning and night, I talk with our Heavenly Father through prayer. He is my biggest moral support. Whenever I have a problem, I go through it with Him, sometimes search the scriptures to see what advice He's given in the past, and then do what I can reflectively to figure things out. Because when a problem arises, I know He's got my back, and He hasn't given up on me once. Without the details, my faith would crumble. Of course, I do big picture things as well. I attend church every Sunday, I have a position in this church as a chorister for the women, and I have a religion class once a week for that extra boost. But living my faith is more than just going through the motions. When I attend church, I'm careful to realize what it means to attend. When I hear people giving Sunday School lessons, I take what we learn and try to see how I can be better tomorrow. Living this faith is a personal application, and it does take work. It's not easy. It's a conscious effort every day. But I promise, every effort made is always well worth it.