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Hi I'm Alyssa.

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am originally from Maryland and I miss the green of the east. I now live in Idaho with my husband. I am passionate about cooking, especially making things from scratch. Some things I've made are: wonton wrappers, ravioli, flour tortillas, bread, bread, and more bread! I also enjoy reading and am especially fond of the Harry Potter series, which I plan on reading to each of my children when they're old enough to understand (and, you know, exist). Along with reading, I enjoy writing short stories. I also love singing, computer illustration and sleeping!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The church has always been the biggest part of my life. My parents had strong testimonies of the truthfulness of the gospel and proved this through more than what they said. As I watched their examples this was truly evident to me. I remember being in elementary school and resentfully asking once, "Why does the church have to be a part of everything I do? Isn't it just another part of my life separate from others, like school or friends?" As I grew and matured, I came to understand that it was a part of everything because it was the ultimate truth that teaches us how to live every aspect of our lives. My personal testimony really began to grow when I was in middle school. It was an awkward stage of life where I felt very self-conscious and like I wasn't really important. One aspect of our beliefs is that God is our Heavenly Father and knows each of us individually and wants the best for each of this. This concept really helping me during this hard time. We would often sing a song in Young Women's called "Walk Tall, You're a Daughter of God" which discussed this. My favorite line from the song says, "His loving arms released you as He sent you down to earth. He said, 'My child, I love you. Don't forget your great worth.'" Knowing that the creator of this universe knew me so personally helped me break out of such negative thoughts and really feel His love for me. I also know that Jesus Christ is my brother and, like our Father, knows me personally. He experienced the atonement and felt all of my heartaches, sins and pains. He knows me and knows how best to comfort me and through Him I can repent of those things that are not in line with God's will and return to live with Him. So, I'm a Mormon because it's true and these truths taught at church and at home help me to feel God's love and understand my purpose in life. They help me hope for a better world.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by making it the central part of my daily life. On Sundays, my husband and I teach Gospel Doctrine, a Sunday School class. I always feel like the lessons are meant for me and I appreciate the opportunity to learn and understand more. I have also been in charge of organizing temple trips, helping others with Family Search Indexing and have been a part of a presidency in my ward for our organization for women.

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