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Hi I'm Alexa

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Houston, Texas, grew up near San Jose, California, and currently live in Seattle, Washington. I have a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Brigham Young University-Hawaii, and am attempting to find my way into graduate school, where I can pursue a career as a social worker. I love to read and spend time outdoors camping and hiking, I love kids, and I hope to someday be a wife and a mother. My life goal is to make a small difference in the world by helping one individual at a time.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in this church, but like all inquisitive human beings, I had to find my own answers. It is hard to pinpoint one defining moment in my life when I finally gained enough faith to decide that I would continue to live the religion I had been raised in. Rather, my faith grew little by little until I can say that I really know that the things I have been taught are true. I do not believe in simply following tradition like a blind sheep, nor do I feel that logic and reason alone are enough of a basis for faith. As I have studied the principles of the church and the teachings of the prophets, both ancient and modern, my logic and reason has been placated by the sensible truths that I have discovered, and I have received many witnesses from God as I have prayed to know whether what I have been taught is correct. I have studied and prayed about many philosophies and religions, but I know that if I have a strong relationship with my Heavenly Father and my Savior, They will lead me to truth. I take every question and concern to Them, and I always receive the answers I am searching for. I have witnessed many miracles in my life, felt the power and peace of God as I have read numerous times from the Book of Mormon, and have experienced the drastic difference in happiness and peace of mind that come when I live the principles this church teaches as opposed to when I don't. I know, without a doubt, that this is the Church of Jesus Christ, that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that we are led today by a prophet who is inspired of God. I know furthermore that this faith is within reach of anyone who desires a witness for themselves. If we ask God, He promises us that He will always answer. The witness of the Holy Spirit, which teaches us all truth, is the only way any of us can know whether the path we have chosen to follow is the path God would have us walk.

How I live my faith

Currently I am serving as a member of the presidency of the women's organization in the church, called the Relief Society. I love this responsibility because it provides me with the opportunity to serve my congregation and community in a variety of ways. Our duties include visiting individuals who are afflicted or struggling in some way, providing for both the physical welfare and emotional/spiritual needs of individuals, and organizing service projects, activities, and other efforts to serve individuals and families in the area.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Alexa
The priesthood is not just the right to be a leader in the Church of Jesus Christ, it is the power of God that He gives to man to allow them to operate in specific capacities of service (such as administering to the sick, providing blessings of comfort, and officiating in ordinances such as baptism and communion). Women and men are perhaps the only group of people to whom the distinction "separate but equal" applies. We are different, and we therefore have different roles. Men are not given the sacred capacity to bear children, so the Lord has given them another role that offers them the opportunity to serve Him in different ways. Women do hold certain leadership positions in the church that do not require the priesthood authority, and they are also expected to be leaders among themselves, in the community, and with their children. My mother is one of the greatest leaders I've ever known, and her example and instruction has had a significant and unalterable impact on my life. There is no better, more powerful way to lead than in the home. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Alexa
The Book of Mormon states that "we are saved by grace, after all we can do." We believe that grace is the saving and enabling power that is available to all through the Atonement, or sacrifice of Jesus Christ. However, Christ doesn't just automatically forgive us for our sins and weaknesses without some effort on our part to show our desire to change. We believe in the concept taught by James in the Bible, that "faith without works is dead." Christ's hand is figuratively outstretched to pull us to our feet, but we have to be willing to take His hand in order to stand. Therefore we must have the kind of faith in Christ that will motivate us to repent, or to make change in our lives that allow us to be in closer harmony with His will. We do all we can to make these changes, but it is through the strength that Christ gives us that we are empowered to do so, and through His mercy that we are cleansed and forgiven for our sins. Show more Show less