Hi I'm Alyssa
I'm a homeschool graduate. I have lived with my mom since my parents divorced. Currently, I work part-time cleaning. I enjoy all the arts, including writing, reading, drawing, music, and movies. I love animals. I hope to one day write a book.
Why I am a Mormon
I was playing a game online one day when I met someone who called himself White Knight. I was struck by his integrity, passion, and genuine kindness. I've met plenty of people who tried to be these things, but it never took me long to discover their hypocrisy. To my surprise, I was not able to find anything but honesty in White Knight. We became friends, and it eventually came up that he was a Mormon. I wondered if this was what made him different. I began to look into his religion, which I knew nothing about at the time. I found the Book of Mormon available to read online, and so I began to read. By the time I got through the Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price, I knew it was all true. Questions I never knew I had - about the Bible, Christianity, Jesus, even life itself - were answered in these pages. I would like to give my testimony that the Holy Spirit does whisper to our spirits and reveal truths that we could have never known otherwise. I would also like to testify that God truly is a God of love. He loves all of His children unconditionally, and is anxiously watching over our progress through this trial of mortality. There is nothing He desires more than to be a part of this experience, to guide us and encourage us until the day that we are ready to return to Him again.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
I didn't think much of prayer before. To me, it was just something you were supposed to do every night before you go to bed asking for everything you want to have. I felt like a pest, and I was running out of things to say, so eventually I quit praying altogether. Then I learned an amazing thing prayer is supposed to be two-way communication! Learning to pray this way is challenging, but immeasurably rewarding. A direct line of communication with God - this is exactly what Satan does not want, and I think that's why so many people are convinced that having a dialogue with God is not possible. But it is! He is eager and willing to talk to all His children. There are many ways He does this. Most often, it is through the quiet promptings of the Holy Spirit, which often come to our minds as good/bad feelings, spontaneous thoughts, or a gradual awareness. He also uses the words of others - in conversation, in book, in lyrics - which come to us with greater force than usual, alerting us that He has something to share through them. He also uses dreams, visions, and more rarely, visitations from heavenly beings. I now see that prayer is much more than I thought it was, and so crucial to our spiritual development.
How I live my faith
Because of my distance from the church, I'm not able to participate as much as I would like. However I am using this time to further my education. Learning truth generates a thirst for more truth, and so I have begun my journey of discovery. I see the world in a completely different light, and it shows me that I have so much more to learn. Spiritual growth is the reason we are here. The American dream of higher education and a high-paying job and a big house and a worry-free retirement are the least of all things we ought to be pursuing, because they will all be gone when we die. Our spirits will live on, and all the experience we gain in this life will remain with us beyond death. I know that each of us was sent to earth with a mission to accomplish. As I strengthen my faith and increase in knowledge, I eagerly anticipate the unfolding of my own life's mission.