Hi I'm Ali.
I am a college student. I was raised in the Church, but I come from a part-member family. Even though I have support from my family, I make my own choice every day to live my life in accordance to the Gospel. I choose to be Mormon, and especially since coming to college. I attend a secular college, and I have grown in my faith because I have to choose to be Mormon. I do all kinds of things for fun. Everything from knitting to kayaking, helping others to hunting with my Dad. Mostly I just like to spend time with my friends. I try to surround myself with uplifting people who encourage me to be myself and live my standards.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon by choice. I am a Mormon because I know the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the true gospel, that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that I am a daughter of my Heavenly Father. I have received a confirmation that these things are true by answers to prayer and the promptings of the Holy Ghost. I was exposed to the Church from a young age, but I do consider myself pretty well educated about other religions. What I love most about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that all of my questions are answered. I know where I came from, why I'm here, and how to get to where I want to go. I love the Plan of Salvation, and I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father that we have been blessed with the knowledge of it.
Why/How do you share the gospel with your friends?
I share the gospel with my friends by living it. I try to be an example and stand out from the crowd, but I'm not shy about why I make certain choices. I am vocal about the fact that as a college student I don't drink, not only because I'm underage, but because I have made the choice to hold myself to a higher standard. I have made promises to myself and my Heavenly Father. I am proud to be known as 'the Mormon' in my group of friends. To know me is to know I'm Mormon. Additionally, I share the gospel with my friends because I believe it's true and I want all of the people that I care about to know that as well. I don't think that it's appropriate to shove my religion down anyone's throat, but I always invite people to ask questions if they have them. I have invited many people to a local temple open house, which has been a great way to share the gospel with them all.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by striving everyday to live a life according to my beliefs. I rearrange my schedule to make sure that I can fulfill my church responsibilities and attend my meetings. I make sacrifices in order to worship my Heavenly Father, and I'm blessed for those choices everyday. I try to challenge myself to learn more about Heavenly Father's plan for me everyday.