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Hi I'm Alida

I am an organic gardener, a country music fan, a homeschooler, and I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I am a child of God, the daughter of a political activist and a BSA advancement chairman, the wife of a doctor, a mother of four children, and a homeschooler. I love to speak Russian but don’t practice it enough. I am a huge fan of live theater. Sometimes I dance to country music while I cook dinner. I have a master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. I am a stay-at-home mom. I serve in my homeowners’ association and am actively involved in training my neighbors to prepare for disaster situations. I love to pick berries and make fresh freezer jam. I love to learn. I never have enough time to read the 22 books on my night-side table. Currently my favorite subjects to learn with my children are history and Latin. My current hobby is organic vegetable gardening and food preservation and storage. I gain great peace of mind by being prepared for emergencies with food storage, evacuation kits and first aid supplies. Oh, and I LOVE to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I think God’s commandments are the roadmap to a happy and fulfilling life.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents both came from devout protestant Christian homes. They joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in their early 20s after being exposed to the Church through their Mormon friends. They raised me on the tenants of their newfound faith. It wasn’t until high school that I really started living the teachings of this church because I knew they were true for myself. I went to a church youth camp one summer and we were encouraged to commit to read in the Book of Mormon every day for a year. I made that commitment and with the exception of a day here or there I have read in the scriptures (including the Book of Mormon, the Holy Bible, and the writings of modern prophets) every day for the last 20 years. It was that commitment to study God’s word that led me to my own conviction of the reality that Jesus Christ is our Savior, that the Book of Mormon is true and testifies of Christ along with the Bible, and that Joseph Smith was called to be the first prophet in our day. In a world full of instability, fear, and moral corruption I have found that the study of the doctrines of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ has steadied my heart and brought me genuine joy and lasting peace.

How I live my faith

I strive to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. I get up every day with a fresh start. Our family knows that God hears and answers our prayers. We begin and end each day with a family prayer. Each family member (including each of our children) is encouraged to have their own personal morning scripture study. We sing hymns in our home, pray over each meal, and have family scripture study every evening. Once a week my husband and I set aside time to have a fun family night that always begins with a lesson from the Gospel of Jesus Christ and usually ends in a wrestling match with Daddy followed by a yummy treat. I attend church every Sunday with my family for three hours. On occasion I substitute teach in one of the Sunday School classes. I am an active member of our church women’s group, the “Relief Society.” As a part of the women’s group I take meals to new moms or women who are sick, I offer childcare to those in need, and participate in various community service events. I try to look out for people in my realm of influence who may need a friend, or encouragement. I try to be involved in my community and be an informed voter so that I can help make the world a better place by encouraging policies and political leaders that support principles from God’s “Plan of Happiness.”