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Hi I'm Alisha

I am a full time mom with 4 kids. I love to cook ethnic foods. When I'm lucky I have time to sing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My passion in life has always been music, especially singing. I studied Spanish and teaching English as a second language in college. I am married to the most amazing husband and father. After college I decided to be a stay at home mom. We have 4 kids who I adore. I admit that being a stay at home mom is not the easiest thing I've ever done, but I enjoy being the main stay in their lives. I love that I get to hear all the funny things they say, I love helping them one on one in their educational pursuits. Being at home gives me a chance to pretend to be a chef of ethnic foods and luckily my kids will even eat what I make most of the time. The best part about being at home, especially with my younger kids, is that I get to teach them the values in life that are important to my husband and I. I joked with my fellow students when I was finishing college that I was going to do a longitudinal research study to see what happens to kids when they are actually raised by their parents instead of by day care. I am glad that I have made that choice.

Why I am a Mormon

I will admit that I was born into a Mormon family. However, I hit a time in college when I had to ask myself, what do I really believe? Honestly I have those moments still today. The scriptures teach us to "Seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you." That is what is so great about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. The restored gospel encourages us to ask questions and to seek our answers. In college I had a moment when I needed to know if the Book of Mormon was true and if Joseph Smith was a prophet. In the LDS church, faith is defined more as a verb than as a noun. To show our faith we have to act, not just say that we have faith. So for me at that time, acting in faith I read the Book of Mormon with my heart open to answers. I prayed daily to find out if it really was a book from God and if Joseph Smith really had been a prophet. As I continued to show my faith by reading and applying the ideas I was learning from the scriptures I would have a feeling in my heart, for me it's an emotional feeling that overwhelms me. The best I can describe it is to compare it to the critical climax of a movie when someone overcomes a huge challenge or performs some act of service. That moment when you have to say, yes I am crying in a movie. For me, that is how I feel when I feel the Holy Ghost. That is how I know that what I am reading or feeling is from Heavenly Father. I believe that it is his way of pointing us to the truth. All of us have challenges in our lives, I do too, as I reach those low moments I have to back up and say, how am I showing my faith these days? Am I reading the scriptures daily, am I praying, really praying and speaking to God? As soon as I start to do so I feel that the Lord answers my prayers and guides me through the Holy Ghost or through the words of the scriptures. That is what keeps me going and what helps me know that this really is God’s church here on the earth today.

How I live my faith

Because of my husband's studies and career we have moved around to different states, meaning away from both of our families. People always ask me, how do you live away from family and stay at home with your kids. You must not know anyone. I always happily tell them that the LDS church is everywhere, even in other countries I have lived in. Every state or country I have lived in has been the same, there is an amazing group of people, a family really, who is there to take you in. We all work together to serve and take care of each other and our community. Our local women's organization at church has made a tradition of helping a near by inner city school. We gather school supplies, teacher supplies, library books, and even musical instruments for them every fall to fill some of their unmet needs. In the LDS church we are all asked to fulfill a job within the church. No one is paid from the top to the bottom, we all just do it to help each other. My job right now is to be aware of anyone in our congregation who is in need of service. So if someone is in the hospital I send women over to clean their house, watch their kids, we bring them meals, whatever they need. We all watch out for each other, no matter where we are in the world. I don't know how I ever would have left my family to support my husband's career if it weren't for the church and the people in it. My other job in the church right now is to direct the choir. It is fun for those of us who have sung in the past to put our music and performing skills to use. I also love it whenever someone joins us in the choir who has never sung before. It gives everyone from the young to the old the chance to sing and feel the Holy Ghost touch their hearts and others through song. All of these things, along with serving my family are what the gospel of Jesus Christ is all about. As members of the LDS church our goal is to become like Christ and we seek every way we can to do so, in what we do and in who we are.