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Hi I'm Alisa

I have a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering. I am a mother of three. I am curious about many things. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was young I wanted to grow up and be an astronaut. Since my eyesight was not very good I decided I would never be a pilot and researched what other backgrounds astronauts at the time had. I found that many of them had advanced degrees in mechanical engineering. I decided to have faith that science would find ways to correct my eyesight to a level that would make me eligible for the space program and I persued my advanced degrees in mechanical engineering with an emphasis in materials. When I was 28 my first child was born and my husband and I had a long talk on whether I really wanted to persue a career where I would leave my child behind while I left the planet. For me it was time to change the focus of my career. I did obtain my doctoral degree in Mechanical engineering while six months pregnant with my second child. I am now on what I call my ten year sabbatical. My focus is not on my technical career right now, it is on my three children. Prayer and the direction of the Holy Ghost have helped make these decisions easy. I used to fear that I would not have opportunties to use my hard earned degree, but time has shown me that opportunities come in greater number than I can make use of. There are times that my children have needed me, not just colds or homework, but more serious matters as well. Because of my time with them I have been availible at critical moments. I know that I am where I am supposed to be doing what I should be doing.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was very young I relied upon my parents teachings and testimony. When I was eight years old I wanted to know more about religon so I began to read the scriptures myself. I read the Book of Mormon and started to read the entire Bible, but I began with Genesis and the Book of Revelation. I liked what I read but I did not understand it all. I sat upon my bed and contemplated that maybe others knew more than I did. I considered the possibility that there was no God, that there was no plan for us after death, that perhaps when we died we no longer existed. I became very sad and began to cry. I then determined that I had no solid proof at my young age to prove or deny the existence of God. I would therefore pick the hypothesis that made my life brighter and full of puropse and test it. If I ever found evidence either way I would test it against my hypothesis that God lives, that he knows and loves me and has a purpose for me on this earth. I have had many experiences in my life since then that have furthered my testimony of God, of Jesus Christ, the power of the restored priesthood and the good and kind counsel of living prophets. God's church is alive on the earth today. The Holy Ghost testifies of truth. I had the opportunity to teach physics at the University of New Mexico and after class one of my students asked me how I could be a person educated in the sciences and a religous person. I replied that the two are not exclusive but support each other in strong ways. If you doubt the power of repentance or the love of our Saviour Jesus Christ or the power of prayer or any of Christ's doctrines, put them to the test. Experiment on the words of Christ, and see if your life is not blessed. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints does not remove all hardships or trials from my life but it gives me the strength to trust on the will of the Lord and the knowledge that he can deliver me and those I love.

How I live my faith

I love being involved with the youth. In our church I have often worked in Sunday school with the young childred ages 3-12 and also with the young women ages 12-18. They are so precious. We put on costumes and re-enact the scriptures, we memorize scripture and identify the meanings of words so that they are not just reciting back words, but words with power for them. I love to talk to the youth about standing in Holy places and living their lives so that the places they stand become Holy. I also get to work with the youth in the community as a girl scout leader, soccer coach and PTA board member. Last year I got to teach a solar cooking class for space week at the elementary school and interacted with all 500 students. I am in the school weekly and they greet me with smiles and hugs. I want them to know that they are of great worth and that I belive they will do great things. And that they do great things now! My young children pray at family prayer in the mornings that they will have the spirit to be with them in school that day and they pray for us as their parents and for their siblings. I could not ask for a greater blessing for them. Music also plays a great part in our lives. I played the cello throughout college and now play with a local church orchestra. We have concerts regularly and get to share our talents and testimonies of Christ through music. I run with my oldest daughter and have started runing in 5k races with friends and am training for tri-athalons next spring. This is a great blessing for me as I fight with fibromyalgia and have spent the last few years unable to run. Sometimes things are challenging and I miss doing research in my laboratory with my husband (we were in graduate school together). But I know that taking ten years or more from a life that may span 100 or more years to be with my children is a small thing. The Lord always provides me with what I need, even if I do not recognize it at the time.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Alisa
Since we belive that the church house is a dedicated building and as such is God's house we dress in a way to show respect for Him. This means we wear modest clothing, often reserved for wearing on the Sabbath such as a suit and tie for men and a dress or skirt and top for women. My children often wear a button down shirt and kahkis or polo shirt. However, there are times that we have been on vacation and someone has forgotten their Sunday clothing and we have attended in the cleanest set of camping jeans and t-shirt that we had. I have also attended sacrament services in the desert, sitting on the sand in my jeans with my face and hands washed as best as I was able. You are always welcome at Sunday services even if you do not have a dress or a suit. Show more Show less