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Hi I'm Alyssa Kelly

I grew up in Colorado. I attend BYU. I'm going to be a sister missionary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! I love my life! I'm a Mormon

About Me

I'm currently a college student but will soon be serving a mission for the church! I am very excited to go on this errand for the Lord and share something that I love with the people in search of the truth. I love to play volleyball, read books, sing, dance, and act. I am the youngest of six children and a proud aunt of 6 with many more to come! I love this church not only because of what it has made me, but because of what it teaches me I can become. I know it to be true and I cannot deny it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church but I think I was really converted about when I turned 10 or 11. I had always been taught and lived the principles of the gospel, but around that time it really started to click! I follow the church standards because I know that I'm safe when I do, and I know it makes my life more joyful! I have seen the way the world is and I know my life is happier because I follow the church standards. I have seen the effects of alcohol and drugs in a person's life and have decided that I want to control what happens to me, not let something else do it. I have seen my bonds with my family strengthen when I read my scriptures and do my best to love and appreciate them. I have learned how much we are worth in God's eyes and I've realized that we are worth that much, as his children, and it just makes sense. I have seen his hand in my life and I know that my life wouldn't be half as good as it is now without him! I know that we were sent here for a purpose and that purpose was to progress and become the best people we can be! I know this gospel was put on the earth so we wouldn't stray and we would make it back to our Heavenly Father. I know Joseph Smith restored the gospel to the earth, that he was a true prophet and that the modern day prophets and authorities on the earth today were ordained by God. I know that Jesus Christ lived and died for us, and that if we sin we can repent because of his atonement. I know that if we do repent our sins will be forgiven and they will no longer be remembered by our Father. I know He loves us and is pushing for us to come back to him. I know that if we keep the commandments and follow His teachings that we will return to Him, and we will have eternal happiness with our families, if we are sealed in the temple. I know that we are worth the stars in the heavens, the ground beneath our feet and the life of the most perfect man who ever walked this planet.

How I live my faith

I am a youth and so I am in our young women's program, which is essentially a group to help our young women progress as people in the church. I am the president for the class of 14-15 year old girls. I attend our Wednesday meetings known as mutual. At our meetings we usually try to develop skills that may be helpful in our lives, or just do fun activities. Young women's is plenty of fun and has helped me a lot in my life!

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Alyssa Kelly
The atonement of Jesus Christ is the suffering he had to endure in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross. He suffered all of the pains of the world, this even to the point where he bled from every pore. He suffered like this for our sins, and so that they could be forgiven. In the Garden of Gethsemane the Lord had to suffer every sin that was, is, and will be committed on this earth. Because of this suffering, he can really understand what we are going through in our lives. So no matter what hard time you're going through, he literally knows what it's like. We can also be forgiven for the sins we commit today through repentance. This is basically the process that allows us to be forgiven of our sins by realizing the sin, feeling bad about it, making it right, asking forgiveness of the Lord, and then never committing the sin again. By doing this, we will not be accountable for it in the next life. This is why it was so important that the atonement happened, so that we have the opportunity to be forgiven of our sins and aren't accountable for them later. “For behold, I... have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer... even as I.” (Doctrine and Covenants 19:16-17) Show more Show less