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Hi I'm Alissa

I'm a fun loving, family adoring, voice impersonation attempting, church going, happy Arizona girl and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After a 6 yr. gap we finally got our GIRL, 1 yr. ago! Our two older boys are in school and I get to enjoy playing with her during the daytime while we both soak in the one-on-one attention! My husband and I LOVE to complete any sort of 'home improvement' projects together. Over the last couple years, we've hung molding, painted, taped, and caulked several (if not most) areas of our home. I love that feeling of accomplishment and knowing that I created something beautiful with my own two hands. I really enjoy trying my hand at different crafts, like decorations for holidays, homemade cards, scrapbooking, even sewing (straight lines only-haha). Finding myself buried in a good book while my husband watches football is also a favorite pastime of mine. When I get the chance I love to play different sports or attend sporting events, I grew up playing volleyball and cherish those memories. I love being a Mom and a wife, and find parenting to be both the most rewarding AND the most humbling experience of my life!!

Why I am a Mormon

My family have been active members of the church since I was born. Growing up, I discovered for myself 'why' I believe in the Jesus Christ and in his Gospel. Here is my testimony: Through my faith and the teachings of our church, I have come to know in my own heart and mind that the Godhead exists. They are three separate beings, but are ONE in purpose. God, our Heavenly Father, loves us and desires for each of us live with him in Heaven. Jesus Christ lives, he walked this earth, atoned for our sins and then as a PERFECT person, laid down his own life for us, so that we could repent and through him receive forgiveness of our sins and be clean enough to live in our Heavenly Father's presence. Jesus promised to never leave us alone when he died, so he sent the Holy Ghost to comfort, guide, and protect us. We were given Prophets to walk amongst us and teach us what He would have us do. Prophecy is NOT dead and gone with the last of the Holy prophets in the Bible. We have a living prophet on the earth today, Thomas S. Monson. I believe in him with all my heart and that he has been chosen to lead us today. Our church is built as Jesus built it when he was on the earth. It was restored, not started, by Joseph Smith. Joseph was a man called of God to be a prophet. Despite being tortured, hated, betrayed, and scourged for his beliefs and for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Joseph's story NEVER changed. He could recount detail for detail, word for word, the miraculous events that occurred when he met God the Father and Jesus Christ in that sacred grove by his home... with anyone and everyone he ever spoke to. We do not worship Joseph Smith, but we honor and admire his courage and strength in bringing forth the Gospel while Satan so desperately tried (and failed) to stop it. I believe in the Bible and in the Book of Mormon, and all the teachings we've been given through modern day prophets from Joseph Smith all the way to Thomas S. Monson who leads us today.

How I live my faith

I absolutely LOVE working with the Youth in our church! I am privileged to teach the 14 and 15 yr. old girls about our Savior Jesus Christ and His Gospel. Whether I am with the girls in my youth group, other women, my family or on my own, I try to find ways to serve others, even if it's in small and simple ways. I look to the examples in my life, in my own Faith or the MANY wonderful Faiths and religions all around me, for ways that I can serve my Heavenly Father by serving other people. I love that in our church, I get to be apart of an organization of women that visit one another, teach one another, and serve one another and our communities. All my life I have had best friends of other faiths. It's always my hope that they learn as much from me as I have learned (and continue to learn) from them. I am not perfect by any means, and I try each day to be better than the day before. Reading my scriptures and praying to my Father in Heaven always brings me happiness and peace, and it ultimately helps me feel His love for me personally. I love that through worship and service I can develop a stronger relationship with my Savior Jesus Christ, and come to love others the way He does. I attend church so that I can be taught by the Spirit and learn more about my Savior. I try my hardest to be an example for good. My goal is always for my children to be see me as a positive influence in their lives and as someone who not only teaches with words, but more importantly with action.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

First of all, you are welcome to attend NO MATTER what you are wearing! That being said, you may be more comfortable if you know ahead of time, typically how we dress when we come to church. Think of your 'Sunday Best'. For women that would include modest dresses and/or skirts (modest meaning preferrably nothing revealing, too short or too tight). Typically men wear suits, sport coats, or button up shirts and slacks, and most wear ties. The little girls wear dresses or skirts as well and the little boys wear slacks or nicer pants (preferrably not jeans) with a button up shirt (with or without tie) or a polo. As for Holidays, we celebrate them all!! The most important Holidays of course are Easter and Christmas because of the celebration of the Savior and all that he went through for us. When it comes to Halloween, if you attend a church party, they usually ask that no one wear anything immodest, masks (think Horror movie), or anything that you would feel could be 'inappropriate' (Perhaps devils or excessively scary or grotesque creatures,etc.). Show more Show less