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Hi I'm Alissa

I'm visually impaired. I love to be independent. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently attending a junior college, while I'm working to transfer to a four-year university. I like to read when I have free time; my books are either in braille or large print. I love to travel--I love seeing new countries, where I can explore museums and taste new foods. One day I'd like to retrace the steps of pioneers who crossed the plains of America pulling all their possessions in handcarts.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was younger, my parents had me baptized into a Christian church, but our family continued to learn more about other churches. My mom and my dad had friends who belonged to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and through those friends, my parents came to learn more about the LDS Church. As they learned more they felt that it was what they wanted to raise their family in, because they felt that what the LDS Church taught was true. As I grew up attending the LDS church, I learned that Jesus Christ said "Feed my sheep." By asking His followers to feed His sheep, I learned that the Savior meant that whatever service I did to another person, it was the same as serving the Savior himself. As I learned about the Savior's teachings through our church services, I felt that what was being taught was true. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church of Jesus Christ on the earth. I feel that this is true because I feel the influence of the Holy Ghost with me when I read the Book of Mormon and other scriptures. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that he was able to restore the original church that Jesus Christ had established when Christ lived on earth. I know that Joseph Smith was able to translate the Book of Mormon through the power of God. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I know that we currently have a living prophet here on earth today--his name is Thomas S. Monson. I know that he speaks to God, and that he shares with the whole world the things that God wants us to hear, to strengthen our faith and to remind us to hold to His word. By holding on to His word and living His commandments, we can follow the path He has for us.

How I live my faith

One experience I had that helped me learn first-hand about miracles and faith occurred in fourth grade. I was in a bike accident, which had made my eye swell shut. Still, I went to church after my accident. To my surprise, at the end of the services that day the swelling in my eye had gone down. That small experience increased my faith in God--I learned that if I put my trust in Him, he will help me overcome the odds that I face. Going to early morning church classes while in high school also helped me learn more about the prophets that God called, both before and after Christ walked as a mortal on earth. I began reading the scriptures more because of these classes and saw that reading scriptures actually helped me with schoolwork. I saw that when I was consistently reading my scriptures, my grades were better. Now as an adult in college, I have consistently seen that when I pray and ask for help with my classes, I am able to find more help to study for big tests and to work through difficult assignments. Also, my teachers are more understanding when I am consistently praying and asking for help. In one of my favorite scriptures, God says "Behold, this is my work and my glory--to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." I love this scripture because I know that when Jesus Christ returns to earth, each of us will eventually be resurrected; that means "the soul shall be restored to the body, and the body to the soul; yea, and every limb and joint shall be restored to its body; yea, even a hair of the head shall not be lost; but all things shall be restored to their proper and perfect frame" (Book of Mormon - Alma 40:23). Because my sight is not currently perfect, I have the hope and the knowledge that my sight will one day be perfect because of what my Savior has done for me. I know that if we reach out to the Lord in prayer, He will answer us in His own ways. He is there! I encourage you to pray and find out for yourself if this is all true.