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Hi I'm Alyssa

I'm a dreamer. I'm a student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

One year ago today: I'm a curious, spontaneous, and happy college student studying neuroscience and Italian. I find the mind a fascinating subject and plan to work on researching teams that explore disorders and cancers of the brain. I also have a love for the language and culture of Italy and plan to research there for a summer. I was raised to dream big, knowing no end to potential nor possibility, and am loving the fact that I daily live my dreams and work toward their fulfillment. My personal motto has always been, "The best is yet to be" and I try to live every day to seize opportunity, enjoying the journey with a hopeful future ahead. I love music and the expression that can only come through the arts. I've played piano since I was 5 and have enjoyed it's sweet song since I first heard my mother play even before that. I love choirs and ensembles, and in my heart I am a great band nerd! I've played in concert and marching bands for many years as flute, piccolo and conductor. I love the language of music and the unique way it can speak without words. Today I'm a missionary for Jesus Christ! I live every day of my life finding and teaching people the happiest news the Earth has every known: that we have a savior, Jesus Christ and that he lives. I am serving in Costa Rica and have rigorously studied Spanish in order to reach the people I now live amoung. I hope to help people and their families find happiness peace and fulfillment through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, and the one thing that has continually given me a strong resolve to stay with the gospel are my scriptures. I have always been able to find comfort, peace, encouragement and answers to prayer in those pages, and through each experience have felt God's love. The strength I've received from reading and studying the word's of Christ and his witnesses has given me a testimony of the truth and reality of the gospel. For me it was never one instance of inspiration, but rather the gradual accumulation of affirmed knowledge. Besides the scriptures, I've been taught by the example of my parents, by teachers and leaders in my ward, by the words and council of my childhood prophet President Hinkley, President Monson and our latter-day church leaders each general conference. I know that Christ is my savior, and I know that his atonement is a reality. To me, this means I'll always have reason to be happy. His atonement not only forgives my sins, but heals my heart. He relieves me of every burden and worry, casts out my fear, comforts my sorrows. I know he loves me; how can I deny it? Everywhere I look I see his hand: the glory of the morning, the beauty of a smile, the delicacy of a mountain wildflower. It amazes me how the sunset can strike such depth in color, how physically and chemically life progresses, and what man has the potential and capability of accomplishing. All these to me testify of God, of his reality and his love for me. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God because it's study has only brought me comfort, peace, and a greater resolution to be better. It's contents

How I live my faith

I live my faith by continuing on and having hope- hope in the promises I've lived for, hope for people and the opportunity for change, and hope in the Lord Jesus Christ. I live my faith by doing hard things- by loving people that are hard to like, by forgiving things that are hard to forget, by doing things that scare me. I live my faith by going to the temple! My current calling is as a member of the indexing committee, and I try to regularly