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Hi I'm Aly

I love being a 4th generation Arizona native. Anything outdoors makes me smile. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

Even though I am a college student, I am still a kid at heart. I absolutely loved my childhood and I guess I haven’t let it go! I still enjoy goofing around with my cousins, playing games and being involved in sports. Although as a kid, I participated in soccer, swim-team, basketball and baseball, I really only stuck with soccer. I’m no superstar, but I still have a blast on my indoor and outdoor soccer teams; they are my stress-relievers after a long week of school and work. Currently, I am pursuing a degree in physical therapy, but that is not quite set in stone. I have always debated being a teacher. Who knows what will happen?

Why I am a Mormon

I could be thrown into that slew of people who were raised, practically cradled, in the Gospel, but if it wasn’t for my own experience gaining my own testimony, I doubt I would have the motivation. In August of 2005, the Prophet of that time, President Gordon B. Hinckley offered a challenge to read the entire Book of Mormon before the year 2006. As I did so, and prayed to know for myself if what I had been taught my entire life was actually true. At that time in my life, I was under the assumption that every answer to a prayer would come directly and immediately; because I did not receive my expected answer doubt began to enter my heart. Eventually I came to the conclusion that my Father in Heaven had forgotten about me. Over half a year later, I had a simple experience that I treasure near and dear to my heart that assured me that my Heavenly Father loves me. My prayer was answered! Was it in the way I had expected? Not even close. Was it in the time frame I had expected? Most certainly not. I know that during that time between when I began praying about the Book of Mormon and the time I received my answer, I grew and became a stronger person. That period of time during our trials is exactly why we are here on this Earth: to mature and become more Christ-like. Now, years since that experience, I continually try to endure each trial well, with a knowing patience that my Heavenly Father is guiding me through each and every day. I am a Mormon because I know that Heavenly Father loves me and I want to return to Him.

How I live my faith

Fortunately, I have been blessed with a life that has given me countless experiences to turn to a higher source for help. These experiences constantly give me reasons to stay as close as I can to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. As the day to day happenings of life occur, my daily scripture reading and prayers have given me a reassurance that I can do hard things. Finding time throughout my busy day to focus on reading scriptures can be hard, so I divide my reading between the Book of Mormon and the Ensign- a church published magazine. With that, I have noticed that the more consistent I am with reading the scriptures and the more sincere my prayers are, the lighter my burdens become. Literally, my burdens are not getting lighter, I am getting stronger. With that strength, I hope to help others. I know that because I have been blessed with such a comfortable life, it is almost like a responsibility to help those who are not as fortunate, whether that means by lacking physical necessities or emotional necessities. I hope as I become stronger, I will be able to lend a helping hand, a listening ear, or a loving hug. Sometimes I catch myself wondering, “why me?” when quickly after, I am reminded of those who have it so much worse than I do. I hope to be the tools in my Savior’s hands, helping those around me, serving those in need, or whatever it is that needs to be done.