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Hi I'm Alma

I am quirky and shy, but growing all the time. I am a single mother. I love photography and my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a home with a single mother who raised three children in very humble circumstances. I grew up very poor, and I didn't realize it until I was a teenager because our home was always filled with love, and a mother whose faith brought us everything we needed. We were blessed to have the Church in our lives, and to be surrounded by many disciples of Christ who were always willing to share their abundance with us at times when we needed it most. I believed in Santa Klaus for longer than most people simply because every year we were adopted by families in our church. There was always a warm meal on our table and gifts to be opened at Christmas even when my mom was putting herself through college, and money was very tight. As adults we can all look back wtih gratitude, and as a family we strive to give back to those who are in need around us. My mom is a great example of that, and I hope that I will be able to pass this on to my children.

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel was introduced into my life when I was about 6 years old. Two young missionaries came to our home, and began teaching my older brother, and later my mother. I can still remember how my life, and the life of my family changed from that moment. There was a light and a purity that radiated from them, and I know now that it was truly the light of Christ. Life has not been perfect since then, but it was the foundation that I needed to be where I am right now. In adolescence I lost my way for many years, and searched other religions thinking I could find what I felt in the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints. It is true that as members of the Church we are held to very high standards, and as a teenager I let myself believe that those standards were restrictions instead of guidelines that would make life so much easier. Many years after becoming inactive when life got difficult to bear I began to reflect on the happiest and most joyous moments of my life, and they all stemmed around the time in my life when I was active in the church. I am so grateful for two women in my life that never gave up on me, my sister, and my mother. Their love, support, encouragement, and prayers touched my heart and my life in ways they will never realize. I am a Mormon because I have received a personal witness that a 14 year old boy named Joseph Smith prayed in a grove of trees nearly 200 years ago to discover which church he should join, and God and his son Jesus Christ appeared to him to let him know that he should join none of the churches in question. I know that he was foreordained to restore Jesus Christ's church in the Later-Days to the earth. I know that today our church is led by our Savior Jesus Christ through a living prophet, Thomas S. Monson, who receives revelation especially for our time. I know that this church is true, and I treasure my membership every day.

How I live my faith

I strive every day to become more like my Savior. I know that he died for me so that I could be forgiven of my sins, and overcome my burdens and weaknesses. This selfless act of love and mercy touches my heart every day. While I am far from being perfect, I pray every day for God to help me in this endeavor. For me this means loving everyone around me, even if loving them is difficult. It means offering a helping hand and a smile to co-workers, friends, family, and even strangers I encounter every day. I have learned that everyone has a story, and that I can never judge someone for what I think their face value is. I currently have the privelege and blessing of serving those in my congregation in our church library. It has been so uplifting to get to know everyone as they come into the library for materials. It is also amazing to me to have the youth come in so eager to help me on Sundays. I have learned a lot about serving, and more importantly, how to ask for help when life is overhwelming for me. I have two assistants in the library that are so understanding when life gets hectic with work, school, and being a single mom. I learn something new about how the Lord operates through those that serve him.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is a record of the people of the American continent from about 600 B.C. until about 400 A.D. There were many prophets who were called to keep a record of the people of their time. These records were kept upon golden plates, and were passed along to the men who were called of God to bear witness. Eventually the plates were buried by the prophet Moroni, and would not be discovered until the angel Moroni appeared to Joseph Smith to show him where the plates were buried on the hill Cummorah. After 4 years of returning to unearth the plates, and 4 years of Mornoni teaching Joseph, the plates were taken from their hiding place so that Joseph could begin translating the plates into English using the Urim & Thumin (translating tools given to Joseph by Moroni). Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Mormons believe that death is not an end, but a transition. Our mortal bodies were never meant to last forever. They are subject to withering away with age, illness, or untimely accidents. When we die our spirits simply leave our mortal bodies, and pass on to the spirit world. In the spirit world we can continue to learn and progress. Those who have died without a knowledge of the gospel will have an opportunity to learn more about it. In the spirit world we may be reunited with our loved ones who have passed before us. One day after the Savior returns again there will be a ressurection where our bodies and spirits will be reunited, and will never be separated again. Show more Show less