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Hi I'm Alicia

I'm a teacher, musician, athlete, and a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in the Utah Valley My father is from Peru, and I absolutely love Peruvian culture and embrace it fully. I teach math to juniors, and will be pursuing a master's degree in Curriculum Design soon. I'm a musician of sorts. I taught myself, mostly, how to play the piano, which is my primary instrument. I absolutely love to sing, and sing often. I do play some organ and violin, and do dabble in arranging and composing. I swam competitively for most of my teenage years on both a club team and high school teams. Towards the end of college, I did a triathlon, and started getting into kickboxing, though the water is where my heart truly lies. I also enjoy time with family, which I try to do often.

Why I am a Mormon

Technically, I have been my whole life. But I choose to remain a Mormon because it makes me really happy. There's a joy that living the gospel brings. There's a peace I feel from living the gospel. I've struggled with my testimony many times, and have wondered if I should just give up. But each time, the answer has always been that I should just trust that God has a plan and that through Him, everything will be just fine. Many experiences in the gospel, including going through the temple, have really strengthened my testimony that God has been there in my life and that He is willing to help us if we but turn to him. I pray to Him all the time, because I need that power in my life. I do my best in keeping all the commandments that He has given to his children, because it really does make me feel happy and good about myself.

How I live my faith

I try and be as charitable as I can. I have a friend who loves to tell me that I'm ridiculous, because I'm always trying to help others around me. I feel that when I speak, my words aren't as strong; but when I can show I care through my actions or through the power of music, the message just seems to get across better, which always surprises me. Sometimes, all I can do is give a smile. But whenever possible, I try to do all I can to make sure that those around me are happy and enjoying the life they have been given. I try to think positive, and one of my new favorite phrases is "It could be worse." I also try to approach everything with a smile, because I know that choosing to be happy instead of being unhappy helps not just me, but everyone around me. I tell people that my sole purpose in life is to help others; I try to live by that.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Alicia
While the Church doesn't endorse political parties, we, as citizens of the United States, have a right to have our voices heard and our opinions concerning the various topics be put out into the political affairs of the country. We are encouraged to participate in elections and "obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law." (Articles of Faith 1:12) Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Alicia
Relief Society is the Church's organization for the sisters who are 18 years old or older. It took me a long time to learn that it's not just another group where we get taught, but it's really a sisterhood and when we, as members of the Church and Relief Society, get together to help each other out and strengthen each other. It allows us as sisters to come unto Christ. We are some of the first in the Church to help those who are in need. We grow as a combined sisterhood in the gospel of Christ, as well as individually in our testimonies and faith. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a church and attending a temple?

Alicia
Attending church is for everyone - and we mean everyone. We worship together, pray, study the scriptures, take the sacrament, and just learn more about how we can be more Christ-like. Attending church meetings may seem like a hard thing to do, since they are 3 hours long total, but if you go with the right spirit - meaning, if you go there with the intent of improving yourself - then you get more out of the church meetings. Attending the temple is an opportunity for those who are worthy to make and keep sacred ordinances and covenants that can only be done there in the temple. We call it "the house of the Lord" because we can more directly feel of His Spirit in the temple. We aren't secretive about the temple, we keep things sacred by not talking much about what really happens in the temple. It's such a peaceful feeling there, even on the grounds outside, that you can't help but feel like you can always improve. Show more Show less