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Hi I'm Alyssa

I grew up in Maryland, I love volleyball, I am a photographer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently attending college and majoring in Exercise Physiology with a minor in Photography. I love to play volleyball and have recently developed a love for running. I love New York pizza and pears not together! I am a total Photoshop nerd and can be on for hours working on my photography pictures without even realizing it! I really like small towns and country music. I like being around people who inspire me and when I meet people like this it reminds me how much good is left in the world! I love the sunshine and laying on the beach.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I want to be like our Savior Jesus Christ. I want to be kind, respectful, loving, faithful, enduring, humble, confident, charitable, helpful, and true. I want to learn to be like Christ, who was the best person to ever be on this earth. I know He lives, and I know that from personal experiences. I have experienced pain in my life that I thought I would never get over I would never be the same again. I am so grateful for those experiences because I learned that there is a higher power, and that our Savior Jesus Christ will help lift our burdens. I remember one night I felt like I just could not endure any of the pain I had been enduring any longer, and I got on my knees and just prayed and finally admitted out loud "I can't do this alone." I asked to have help in dealing with my pain and sorrow and it was instantaneous. My pain was lifted and I felt the strength and love of God for me. I know He is there. We are on this earth to learn to be more like Him. Through every bad thing that has happened, we learn strength and endurance and because of that when we are faced with even worst things, we will have the strength to over come without breaking. Our God will never leave us alone, and neither will His son, Jesus Christ. I know that as we follow the example of kindness, love, mercy, humility, and endurance that Christ showed unto us when He was on the earth, then we can slowly becoming better in our life and have the chances and love to make others happy as well. I know the gospel of Jesus Christ is true, and it is on the earth again. I know that following the little feelings and thoughts that lead us to do good, kind things will help us to grow into the Men and Women that we have the potential of being. The world needs more love, and this is where I found it.

How I live my faith

I try each day to have nothing I regret doing or saying by the end of the day! I make mistakes- we are human, it's bound to happen! But I do not make excuses for these mistake. I try to recognize the things I have done wrong and fix anything I can. I just want to be a good person, and I have realized that you never regret being nice! I have had the privilege of being a teacher of some classes in Church! I find that I learn so much as I prepare to teach- it's almost like these lessons are to help me specifically! I taught Sunday school classes at Brigham Young University for 2 semester, in Maryland to people age 18-30 for about 6 months, I also have taught the little 3 to 4 year old children for a total of about 15 months. I attend church every Sundays! In the busy world we live in today, it is understandable to not think we have the time to attend church on Sundays. But we cannot forget our God! Every thing we have in this life is because of Him and His wisdom. Sunday's can be so relaxing and filled with just thinking about life, gaining prospective, and learning more about why we are here and how we can be better while we are here. When Jesus was born He was born in a stable- with farm animals- because there was "no room" for Him in the inn. No room for my Savior. I decided long ago that He would always have room in my life, and that decision has made all of the difference to me. We have a program called visiting teaching which is for all women who are 18 and older. It is where we are each assigned to visit a couple sisters in the church each month with a partner and just see how they are doing, be a friend to each other, and help with anything they need help with. We each have sisters who we visit and different sisters who will visit us and get to know us. I have developed great friendships with these women, and had great friends who lifted me up when I needed a boost.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

For me personally, the evidence of God is all around us. If you have ever held a newborn baby then you have felt God's existence- the feeling of wonder and amazement, and the knowledge that this sweet little baby in your arms came from somewhere so much greater than we know! God is everywhere! You can find Him in the feelings of love that friends and family carry for us. You can find Him in quiet moments in nature when you get a chance to look around at the plants, animals, trees and just take a moment to be grateful for all the little details that God has created on this earth for our benefit! I know God lives and especially when I am feeling low or insignificant, when I send my heart out to Him, He responds to me. He has never spoken words to me in a voice, but He speaks to me in feelings and that is something we can all feel as we clear our mind of negative things and focus on keeping our thoughts centered on the good we can feel. Our Heavenly Father wants to communicate with us...I promise! You just have to take the time to get to know Him, and recognize the way He speaks to you personally! Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes! Mormons are definitely Christians! The official name of the church is NOT "Mormon" but is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints". We recognize Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world and as the only perfect man who ever was here on earth. Our faith is centered on Him and without Him and His love for us, our Church would not exist! I believe in Christ with all of my heart, and I know that He loves me and that He knows me! He has experienced and conquered all things- which includes all of the evil things in the world today. He has felt exactly what we are feeling when we feel sad, lonely, betrayed, broken, hurt, or angry. He knows us! I know that He is the one person who could actually tell me, "Alyssa, I know exactly what you are going through." because He really does! When we pray we pray "in the name of Jesus Christ". I know all of this because I have grown up learning about Him, and getting to know who He really is through this church! Show more Show less