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Hi I'm Alyssa

I enjoy art, nature, a good adventure, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Fresno, California. My family and I moved to Utah when I was 15. I grew up playing soccer and softball, riding dirt-bikes, making up games and playing make believe with my friends and younger brother and sister. I still love anything involving being outdoors and using my creative mind. I received my Associate's degree in Behavioral Science from Utah Valley University. Following that I worked at a wilderness therapy camp in eastern Utah and parts of Colorado. While in the middle of no-where working with youth to straiten out their lives we were restricted from talking about anything regarding religion. This was extremely difficult for me because it was the gospel of Jesus Christ that helped me to straiten out my own life while I was going through some difficult times. At this moment while being restricted to share the gospel I knew that I should fulfill my young childhood dream of serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-saints. I recently returned from serving in the England Manchester Mission where I not only fell in love with the English, Welsh, and Manx people, but I also got to know and fall in love with people from all around the world. I now attend school at Utah State University where I will be majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Family, Community, and Human Development. That is me in a nutshell.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church and felt the happiness of living the way our Father in Heaven would have us live. The time I truly gained a testimony of the gospel was when I went to a church held girls camp for a week in the summer. I was almost 12 years old and remember another girl sharing her experience of learning about the atonement. She talked of a dream she once had where she went into a room filled with filing cabinets. A man then directed her to one that had her name on it. As he opened the cabinet he grabbed a file of bad things this girl had done. She described it as a never ending list. One by one the man went through this list with her. She relived those terrible events as she read them. Next the man opened another file, this one was full of good things the girl had done. This only held a short list. My friend described how devastated she was at the realization of all she'd done with her life. Then at once the man looked at her and took the file of bad things she'd done and wrote his name, Jesus Christ, on the front of the file. They now belonged to Him. My friend said she fell to her knees and cried. As my friend shared this I knew it was true. Her dream was a symbol of what Jesus Christ really does for us daily as we repent and believe in him, and consequently follow Him. He heals us. He takes our pain away; pain caused by our own faults or by others. He enables us to be better than we are. I'm Mormon because it is true.

How I live my faith

My faith is part of who I am. It is reflected in my everyday decisions. Yes I do go to church on Sundays, but that is only one aspect of how I live my faith. I also take time every day to read from the scriptures. I typically read from the Book of Mormon, simply because it is another testament of Jesus Christ and was written specifically for our day. I do however also read the Bible, the Doctrine and Covenants, the Pearl of Great Price, and words of living prophets. That's right; I believe there is a prophet on the earth today, President Thomas S. Monson, and other apostles and general authority members that receive direct revelation from God to guide and direct us in this day and age. For example, there are many decisions that would be acceptable according to the world's views, but I know that the Lord has great expectations of me and wants me to succeed. It is by obeying His commandments (which aren't always easy) that I will be far happier and achieve much more in this life and in the eternities. Another seemingly small but crucial decision I try to make daily is to pray. I need the Lord's council and guidance. It is like having a best friend who is always there for you, who will never judge you, who will listen, and who will also speak his mind as long as you're listening closely. I must also add though, that no friend could replace the presence of God in one's life. I can honestly say that by doing these small and simple things great blessings have filled my life.