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Hi I'm Alyssa

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a recent graduate of Brigham Young University where I studied Child Development. I loved being at the university and studying research, and I particularly enjoyed the challenge of mastering my writing skills. As part of my undergraduate studies, I did an internship working in an orphanage in Romania. This experience changed my life and shaped me into the person I am today. I love children and I love learning about the world through their eyes. I also love cooking, volleyball, reading, travelling, and would love to get into photography. One of the things I enjoy most is having meaningful conversations with friends and family, because I believe that in communicating with and relating to others is where we learn the most about ourselves. I love me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the mormon church, but that certainly is not why I am still in it. College was my time to explore whether or not the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was the only true church on the earth. I always believed in God and felt that He was listening to my prayers, and I always felt that the mormon churcht taught good things, but in college I had to know for sure that what I was following was truly the way back to living with God. I can't say there was ever one specific earth-shattering moment where I discovered that this church was true. It was a gradual process of being obedient to the commandments (which I had been doing throughout my childhood), reading the Book of Mormon, praying, and attending my church meetings even when I sometimes didn't feel like it. As I consistently did all these things, I saw the good things that were happening in my life, I saw the change that was happening in myself, I saw how much better I could handle hard times, and I felt myself getting closer to my Heavenly Father. Above all, I was blessed with the holy spirit, which communicated in my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormon church) is true. I cannot deny what I know to be true in my heart. Christ lives. He is our savior and has suffered for our sins. After all we can do, he will stand as our mediator on Judgment day and make up for our imperfections so we can live with our families and with God forever. I know it is through the prophet Joseph Smith that the gospel was restored to the earth and through the power of God, the Book of Mormon was tranaslated so we would have a record of Christ's ministries in the Americas. I know that this church is true and that it is led by God, who appoints His prophets and apostles so lead and guide the church on the earth. I know who I am and I know where I'm going. I know my purpose. I know I'ma child of God with the potential to become like Him and have an eternal family.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day of my life. I pray, I read the Book of Mormon and the Bible, I share with others what I know to be true. I also devote a good deal of time to church callings. In our church everyone gives their time as service; we have no paid clergy or positions in the church. I am a visiting teacher, wich means I have a special obligation to check up on certain women from the church each month and make sure they are doing well. I become friends with these women and we enjoy meeting up once a month to catch up on each other's lives. Visting teaching is the church's way of making sure every woman is being looked after and has a friend at church. Our church is all about serving each other and knowing each other's needs. I also teach lessons at church on gospel principles (such as faith, repentance, eternal marriage, etc.) In our church everyone learns and teaches together. No one clergy member preaches to us. We learn for ourselves and teach each other the doctrines of the church.