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Hi I'm Aleesa

I'm an author and a teacher. I'm a feminist. And I'm Mormon.

About Me

I teach English as a second language and love travelling and learning. I have backpacked through a pile of countries in Europe and worked abroad in Korea and Italy. I enjoy foreign films, capoeira, salsa dancing, rock climbing, writing, cooking exotic dishes, poetry, theatre, photography...and the list goes on and on. I'm a single Mormon in my 30s, which makes me a bit of an anomaly in the church. I have recently published a memoir, Diary of a Single Mormon Female, detailing my experiences. Reviewers have described it as humorous, heart wrenching, uplifting and deeply affecting. My hope is that the book will help those outside our faith understand Mormonism better; help those within the faith understand the unique challenges single Mormons face; and help anyone struggling with longing of any kind to know they are not alone.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Mormon church. It always felt good to go to church, learn what God would have me do, then try and put that into practice during the week. As I have gotten older, it's become more difficult to be a member of the church. Our standards are high and sometimes it seems like people who do whatever they want, instead of following God's instructions, have more fun. It is also challenging to be single in a church that focuses a lot on happiness in families. But if my faith makes my life hard in some ways, it makes it much easier in the most important ways. I know that God is aware of me and the events in my life. I know that if I invite Him in, He will make sure there is nothing that will happen out of which good cannot occur. My faith gives me hope not just for me, but for all those who suffer. That suffering can bring us closer to God, and make us more like Him, which is the whole purpose of life.

How I live my faith

I worship God by going to church every Sunday. I also try to attend the temple regularly, where through sacred ceremonies I am reminded of my eternal nature and godly potential. I read the Book of Mormon and other scriptures and communicate with God every day in prayer. I try and keep His commandments so that I can have the Holy Spirit to be with me. When I do these things, I can feel God's love for me, and His guiding hand in my life.