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Hi I'm Alissa

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a daughter, a sister, an aunt, and a young woman. I am a college student majoring in Journalism and minoring in Psychology and Editing. I spend my days working as an office assistant for a small general contractor. I love to play the piano, play volleyball, and make good food. I love listening to good music, especially indie and alternative music. I have a deeply rooted desire to create things--by the written word, by photography, by sewing, by crafting, and by decorating. I am the youngest of five children, and I love my family with all my heart. I recognize that I am the person I am today because of how my parents raised me and because of the Lord's help and direction throughout my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of all of the small steps I've had throughout my life that have lead to my conversion to Christ. It didn't happen with one grand conversion for me--it happened through continual consistent prayer, scripture reading, church attendance, and most importantly, through the trials I've experienced. I was born and raised within the church, and am thankful that I grew up with a firm foundation of the gospel underneath me to guide me. The testimony I have acquired has come one step at a time, one experience at a time, until it's reached the point today where I know, without a doubt, that the LDS church is true. My testimony consists of: Prayer. I know that the Lord listens to my cries, knows the yearnings of my soul, and knows where my future is going. I know that he loves each of his children, and that his greatest desire is for us to be happy. Like any loving father, he wants his children to communicate with and talk to him, and this is best achieved through prayer. I know that through prayer, we can become stronger with God's help--stronger than we could ever be on our own. Scriptures. I believe that scriptures are the greatest way we can receive answers, help, and comfort from God. Again, he knows our situation in life, and he knows what scriptures we need to read when. Temples. I know that temples really are the Lord's home on earth. We can go there and be rid of earthly worries, and connect with and commune with the Lord. We can also secure eternal life, not only for ourselves, but for those who have passed on, in temples. Family. I love my family more than anything, and I am grateful that I can be with them for eternity--something that sets apart this church from any other. I look forward to having my own family in the future, and am grateful that I can also be with them forever. Possessing a testimony of these, and many other things, is the greatest possession I have. I thank the Lord daily that I possess the testimony that I do.

How I live my faith

I live my faith on both a personal and an extended level. On the personal side of things, I try set aside time each day to read my scriptures and pray multiple times throughout the day. I try to attend the temple regularly, and to talk to my family regularly, even though I live six hours from home. I try to live as the Lord would have me do--to reach out to those around me and to help them like the Lord would like. On an extended level, I try to fulfill my various callings within the church. I help plan activities that unite church members--from barbecues, to water activities, to "Amazing Race" scavenger hunts. These activities increase member involvement, create friends, and help create an atmosphere of love and acceptance within the church. I also visit other women in the church monthly though a program called "Visiting Teaching". This is done by talking to the women about what's happening in their lives, sharing a message that focuses on a church topic, and helping them with whatever needs they have. By doing these things, I try to live my faith as a Mormon daily. I know that the gospel of this church is a gospel of action--that we can't just go about our lives with the church sitting on the back burner. We are expected to literally live the gospel within our personal lives, and by doing this, we become the best kind of men and women the Lord wants and expects us to be.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

I believe that family is one of the greatest sources of happiness on earth. A loving family is one of the most basic yearnings of every soul--and every child is entitled to parents who love, nurture and support them. We believe that men and women possess divine qualities and attributes that are designed to create and care for children--here on earth and through eternity. Because of this, the Lord has designed a way that we can be with our families forever. A sacred sealing power, which is held by church leaders, can seal families to be together forever in temples. They say that true love is eternal, and can last forever--and this is exactly what our church offers for all families. Show more Show less