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Hi I'm Alicia

I'm a pilot. I own a small business. I'm an animal lover and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Arizona. I have had Catholic schooling my whole life and grew up Catholic and I loved it! I even went to an all girl high school (love that too)! I graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Air Transportation Management and went to flight school. I have two extracurricular passions. The first are animals and the second is flying. I wanted to be the first female Thunderbird Pilot and then go on to be the first person on Mars and fly for NASA. The most difficult decision I ever made was choosing to be a civilian pilot instead of going to the Air Force Academy because I wanted a family more than anything. I still want to be a Sea World Trainer. I met my husband at ASU and he too is a pilot. We got married our Junior year of college and are expecting our first baby in February of 2012 and we could not be more thrilled...we thought graduating was exciting but what we found out shortly afterwards was even better! My husband and I do a ton of traveling because we take advantage of our flight benefits. We are also proud new small business owners and cannot wait to BOTH be full time parents in the next few years and have a large family to travel the world with! Because I am truly an animal lover, we have a lot of pets. We have a Great Dane puppy, a cat, two spoiled sugar gliders and counting! They keep me pretty busy but I also love to make time for homemade cooking!

Why I am a Mormon

I always tell my husband that even though marrying him was a very good thing to do, the best decision I've ever made was getting baptized. A common misconception that people have is that I was baptized just so I could marry my husband but that could not be further from the truth. I find it quite offensive- I love my God with all my heart. Have you ever been homesick then reunited with your home and never been happier? Well that is what I felt each time I went to church, each time I talked to a missionary... each time I opened the Book of Mormon. It was strange that even though there was SO MUCH I actually didn't know, I felt like I was home, I felt like I had known it once, I had heard it before and that it at one time it really was my home. I loved Catholic church and I believe it was a huge role in bringing me back home but in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I found even more answers and I felt that all the pieces fit. "Pieces" like why whenever I was told lies about the church I always had the impression that it wasn't really true and why I never ever cared to drink alcohol and never liked seeing other people drink it. It was because God had prepared me my entire life to become baptized. I remember being in the 4th grade (at a Catholic school) when my teacher read the New Testament story about Jesus telling everyone to leave all behind and follow Him; they left their jobs and they left their families! I remember thinking "I sure wonder what I would do if Jesus came down and asked me to do that...would I be brave and leave all behind to follow Him if that's what he asked me to do?" Well now I know! I left everything that was asked of me...the comfort of my old religion, my family who was devastated by my decision, some old habits and I never ever regretted that decision once! I am finally home where I know where I came from, where I am going and what to do now to get there. Knowledge is power and the Holy Spirit is constantly empowering me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith each day by literally choosing to love God, to serve Him and strive to follow Him. I don't leave that up to how I feel that day or whether it is convenient or not. The same principle applies to my marriage- I choose to be a better person and to do the right thing no matter who, what, where or when. I live my faith by saying a prayer each day with my husband, by dedicating time each to personal prayer/communication with my Father in Heaven, by reading my scriptures on a daily basis both by myself and with husband. I live my faith by being grateful for each struggle and time of suffering that I endure seeing it as an blessing and opportunity to grow closer to my Heavenly Father and to learn priceless lessons that will prepare me for exaltation after this life. In fact, I see each obstacle as an opportunity for the master artist to paint a masterpiece. I am grateful to know that Heavenly Father has entrusted me with this struggle because He only wants to teach me more. No longer do I cry "poor me" and feel like my back is up against the wall and that all is hopeless because time and time again He has ALWAYS helped me and in my experience I am ALWAYS better off afterwards. I love to help other people through their struggles as well because goodness knows we all have them. I believe in the very powerful words of one of our church leaders Gordon B. Hinckley "unless we lose ourselves in the service of others our lives are largely lived to no real purpose..." Hinckley understood what the Apostle John meant when he wrote "He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal” (John 12:25) and " Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me" (Mathew 25:40).

What is the Book of Mormon?

Alicia
I grew up in a Catholic family and remember when I was young my mother who was also Catholic telling me her belief that Jesus had visited other parts of the world to preach to those living there even though Catholicism didn't teach that. She believed a loving God would not exclude them from the good news. I remember thinking "sure that makes sense but I don't see why I would ever care to investigate that." It didn't pertain to me then! Well years later when in college and speaking to the missionaries they said Jesus had indeed visited other parts of the world and in this case the Americas, where the Book of Mormon originated! They taught the same thing my mother always suspected; that God did reach around the world and not just the middle east where the Bible had originated. I am also a pilot and have been trained to rely on triangulating my position for an accurate reading of where I am. In terms of 3D space, you need at least 3 points in order to have a straight and accurate path! Well it's the same concept here only not 3D. If you have a dot on a piece of paper (representing just the Bible) you can draw many straight lines through it all going in different directions (the different churches). That is not very accurate. But if you have a second dot on the same paper (Book of Mormon) then how many straight lines can connect the two? Only one! Having the book of Mormon as the second witness of Jesus Christ ensures we are on the most accurate path! Show more Show less