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Hi I'm Alesia

I grew up in Maryland in a non-Mormon family. Finding the gospel of Jesus Christ was the greatest blessing of my life.

About Me

I'm a Mom and Grandmother. I love spending time with my family and close friends. I enjoy knitting and crocheting for charities and being of service to others. I like to read inspiring literature, books on history and mysteries written by Christian authors.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up without any formal religious instruction or participation but my parents sent my sister and I to Sunday School at a local church for a couple of years when we were young. My Mom used to read us Bible stories in the evenings. I learned about God and our Savior, Jesus Christ, in simple ways but was not regularly attending any church. When I was 15, our family was going through a traumatic time. My parents were on the verge of divorce. I was an emotional mess. I had never been taught much about prayer but began to pray fervently for some kind of help. I had no idea what kind of help was needed but I knew I couldn't manage on my own. One day at school, my best friend told me she had recently been baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She invited me to go to a church youth meeting with her. Reluctantly, my parents agreed to let me attend. When the night of the meeting came, my friend's parents picked me up and drove me to building they were meeting in. From the first moment I went there I fell in love with the people there. Especially our Young Women's leader and our teacher. They were so welcoming to me and took me under their wing. I keep attending the youth meetings as well as Sunday church meetings. I just felt like that was were I belonged. Four months later I was baptized a member of the Church. Years later I realized that my prayers as a distraught 15 year old were answered. My Heavenly Father helped me by bringing the Gospel into my life. I learned that I am His daughter and that He loves me and cares about me. I learned of the sacrifice and atonement of His Son in my behalf. Heavenly Father's love carried me throught those traumatic days and through many hard times since then. I could not survive without Him and My Savior. They have blessed my life beyond belief!

How I live my faith

My service to others through our women's organization gives me much joy. It is my privilege to help with compassionate service to women and families in our ward when there is illness, a birth in the family, a death, or some other occasion when they need help. Also, I am currently helping with our humanitarian group teaching ladies to crochet for a local charity for newborn babies. Through these outlets I have the opportunity to follow the Lord's example of charity and kindness and am grateful to be able to bless the lives of others and help them feel His love.

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

We believe that when we come to "God's house" to worship, we should not only be reverent and respectful to honor him but that we should also dress in our best clothing to show respect for our Heavenly Father and for Our Savior, Jesus Christ. Men typically wear suits or sport coats with shirts and ties. Women wear modest dresses or skirts and blouses, etc. Children wear their best clothing, too, for church. The most important holidays we celebrate are Christmas and Easter. Because of our belief that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer and the Son of God we celebrate these holidays to remember his miraculous birth, his suffering in Gethsemane, his death on the cross and his Resurrection. These holidays are celebrated in simple yet moving ways through beautiful music and inspiring talks from the pulpit. Members of the Church also celebrate their regional and national holidays in whatever country they may live in as well as birthdays, wedding anniversaries, etc. Many members of the Church also enjoy participating in simple Halloween parties, Valentine's dances, etc. In everything we do we strive to keep things within appropriate bounds (no alcohol, modest costumes, music that is not immoral or contains offensive language, no loud or vulgar behavior, etc.) Show more Show less