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Hi I'm Alina

I'm a 29 yr. old mom of three. I love playing with my kiddos all day. I love working from home. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have three kiddos under the age of four, so life keeps me busy. Despite the "craziness" I absolutely love spending time with them. We love to do all of the fun stuff toddlers love, the park, the library, play -doh... you name it we play it! Its rare to ever find a one income family anymore, so my husband and i both help out to pay the bills. I however get the better part of the deal, I get to work from home. I have been a licensed hairdresser for about 10 years, so i work a couple of days a week from home. I feel so lucky to be able to have a family and be with my children and still help take some of the financial strain off of my husband. I come from a very close-knit hispanic family, where every birthday or holiday is an event! I grew up close with all of my cousins and aunts and uncles and i love getting together with them. Of course every family get together is centered around delicious food, food always seems to bring people together. My husband and I love watching movies and going out to dinner, even if its only for an hour, its nice to get some time alone. We also love doing anything outdoors, we love camping, and just doing anything outside. I am your typical busy mom of three, nothing too exciting to tell you. Regardless of how mundane my life seems to feel at times, my family brings me the greatest joy and happiness every single day! There isn't one day that goes by that i am not grateful to be a mother and a wife. I cherish every moment i have with them.

Why I am a Mormon

This was a great question to ask myself, i don't ask myself that enough. There are many reasons that I chose to be a member of this church. I was raised in a part member home, so my mom raised us in the church, while my dad was a semi-active member of the Catholic church. We didn't go to church a lot when i was younger, I'm sure it was hard for my mom to take us to church by herself, so it wasn't til i was older that we started attending regularly. I truly became converted to this gospel when I was a senior in high school, I was finally wanting to know for myself if this church was true and if I wanted to be a part of it. I got my answer as plain as day, once i started reading the Book of Mormon on my own and saying my prayers daily, Thats when the Lord helped me to know that this was His church and that I was doing the things i was supposed to. There comes a point in all of our lives that we have to gain our own testimony and quit relying on our parents or our families influence, we just have to do it for ourselves. I know the Joy and peace that comes from living the teachings of the church, i could feel a difference in my everyday life as I began to truly live by it. Now that I have a family, I am so grateful for the blessings of eternal families, knowing that I can live with my spouse and my children for the eternities, that when we pass on, it isn't over. That knowledge brings me indescribable joy. I have also gained a personal testimony of the Atonement of our Savior. To know that I can be forgiven of my sins, and be made clean again, knowing that the Savior has felt everything I am going through, and will ever go through, how could I ever want to live without that knowledge. I know that I am a Mormon because this is the only true church, I know that the Lord restored His church through Joseph Smith. I know that my Savior atoned for our sins and that he died and was resurrected so that we can all return to live with Him someday.

How I live my faith

Its hard to stop and think about how I live my faith, when something becomes a part of your daily life. I don't think there is a day that goes by that I am not reminded of my blessings or that my family and I don't have something to thank our Heavenly Father for. Being a Mormon has given me so much purpose and blessed me with so many opportunities to help others. And in return so many people have helped me and my family. I really enjoy the ward we live in and the love that is felt when we go to church each sunday. I get the privilege of serving all of the women 18 and older. I get to help organize different classes and fun meetings where we get to know each other better and learn new skills or work on a service project for our community. We help arrange meals for families who might be in need. It is a great organization of women, and it has created a wonderful source of friendship and strength in my life. My family and I designate every monday night to "family night" where we just spend time together without any interruptions and teach our kids gospel lessons. Its always a fun night that we always look forward to. We like to start our day and end our days with a family prayer, that usually entails the kids fighting over who gets to say the prayer, but eventually it gets said. WE read the Book of Mormon together every night before bed, and the kids take turns reading. We feel like these habits that we do daily and as a family will help to teach our children the importance of the gospel and will make us stronger as a family. When you become a member of this church, it truly becomes a way of life, a daily reminder of how wonderful life can be, and gives us a purpose! And the best part about it is that the more you live it, the easier it becomes and the more you want it in your life every second of the day!