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Hi I'm Alissa

I haven't done much that's extraordinary, but what defines me are my roles as wife, mother, student, and Christian. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a single-parent home, feeling that I'd never amount to anything good. I lost my way and myself for a long time and struggled to define myself. What I learned was that I have the ability to accept myself and change my circumstances. So I returned to college, found a job that I was good at, married the man of my dreams, gave birth to an exceptional child, and learned more than I could have imagined. These days, I'm still working on that pesky degree; have a marriage more beautiful than I ever thought I could; and, while I sometimes miss my job a bit in staying home with the baby, I find being a full-time parent worth any sacrifice I could have made. If I ever get any free time, I love to go walking through my neighborhood with my family, read, watch movies, or talk with friends. I also love to cook.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also sometimes called the Mormon Church) my first time through college. I met some truly wonderful church members who patiently introduced me to the Gospel and a new way of life. I was baptized amid great opposition from my family and later quit attending church, or identifying with it. Let's just say I made some lousy choices during that rebellious time and one day I literally looked at myself in the mirror and hated who I saw. I began reading the Book of Mormon, studying Gospel doctrines, giving up my sins and vices, and praying again. I had known before that what the Chruch taught was true, but now it finally became real and of utmost importance to me through doing what I knew I should: reading scriptures, praying, serving others, learning, attending church. My knowledge of the truth of it all grew as I committed myself to following through on my learning, and putting the lies I'd always heard about the Church behind me. I am a Mormon because I KNOW it is right. I have searched after the truth, studying, praying, asking, pondering, and have again and again heard the voice of Truth answering me that you and I have a Heavenly Father who loves us deeply and is concerned about our lives and feelings; that Jesus Christ made the ultimate sacrifice so that we might live and enjoy peace and joy and communication with God the Father; that sincere prayer is heard; that each of us has a purpose in life; that the Book of Mormon is true. I put it to the test--living it out--and the knowledge and practice of these truths and principles has blessed my life beyond expression! It took going forward with faith.

How I live my faith

Julie B. Beck, a prominent Mormon woman, often talks about how so many things we do in life are "faith-based works," meaning that sometimes it is hard to do things because we don't know how they will turn out, but we do them with faith. For me, joining the Church, returning to school, getting married, and having a baby were hard decisions, because all those things were new, scary, and held tremendous risks. But I accepted them as faith-based works, knowing that as I trusted the Lord to help me, and dedicated my choices to Him, I would be able to overcome all the challenges I would face, and be blessed with success in my efforts. And I truly have. It's challenging to be married. It's difficult to be a parent. Sometimes I think I'll never make it in school. It's not always easy to be a Mormon, especially when most of my family are not. But all these things have enriched my life so much more than I could have imagined as I've had the faith to just go ahead and do them.