What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Alisha Jarmin Sensenbaugh

I am a young mom who loves organizing, budgeting, and money saving; as well as creating and crafting. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am 22 years old. I graduated in health science at BYU-Idaho. I grew up in Idaho and I grew up in the LDS church. I have 4 siblings and fall exactly in the middle. I married my best friend 22 months ago and we have a 10 month old son. I love to run and be active. I think motherhood is a noble calling. When I first held my son I knew that I had the most important job in the world; to help shape him into the man he will someday become. I love to cook and bake. But I never follow recipes. There is something magical about creating a meal and I put my own special touch into everything that I make. At our apartment I usually try to make dinner fun. I always cook something different and I try food from all around the world. I probably like cooking mostly because of the ability that food has to bring people together. I think I am pretty open minded. I like to get involved in my community and what is going on and I try to hear people out and understand their opinion. I have always considered each person I meet as a potential friend and even though that isn't always the case I find that everyone has something to teach me so I should hear them out. I have always been smart in my dealings with money, but recently I have been able to share my budgeting ideas with friends and family and it has really turned into a passion. I want my kids to understand that having money means that they have "freedom." and owing it means being in "bondage." I love making friends and teaching others.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I am Mormon? Well, I became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (mormons) when I was 8 years old. I did this primarily because I was raised by parents who were LDS. I had small experiences that led me to believe that God existed and that I was never alone, but I didn't come to find out the truthfulness of the gospel until I was a little older. When I was 15 I was not living the principles of the gospel and had found that friends and social pressures were more important for me to follow then the gospel, even still I hadn't stopped believing in God, rather I was trying to live my way and try and fit God into my plan. Trials and tests and social problems left me sad, depressed, and alone so I turned to the Lord. Remarkably, the second that I cried unto Him I found that He was there. I had never been alone even during my moments of great difficulty. The Savior Jesus Christ had been waiting for me to ask Him for help and when I finally did He graciously offered it. Becoming dedicated to the gospel doesn't happen over night. Well, not usually. I stubbornly have taken years in learning to trust my life in Heavenly Fathers hands, but what is cool about the gospel is that Heavenly Father gives us tools so that we can know if what we are doing is right or wrong. One of these tools is the blessing of the Holy Ghost. This gift is offered when we are baptized. We covenant to Heavenly Father to do His will and He blesses us with the Holy Ghost so that we will be able to accomplish our end of the deal. Learning to understand the spirit is a gradual process. Some might consider the Holy Ghost to be like a conscience, but it is more. Most people have an innate ability to determine right from wrong, but in addition the Holy Ghost can help determine between two right things. I have come to know that when I listen to the spirit I can become closer to Heavenly Father by heeding His counsel, which has only led me to joy. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith everyday that I wake up. Everyday that I choose to find value in myself and everyday I choose to find good in the world. I have faith that God has a plan for my life. I don't always know what that plan is, but I know that it will lead me back to God's presence when I die. From breaking up with boyfriends, to which college I was going to attend, who I was going to marry, and when we are going to have children are all choices that I have made in faith, knowing that alone I might not make the right decision, but with my Father in Heaven I would be able to make the best decision for the life He wants me to lead. I live my faith, by paying my tithing (10% of my income that goes to the church for the building of temples, and humanitarian effort throughout the world). Being 22, newly married, with an infant son, and a husband who is a college student, makes things tough; but I believe that I will be blessed far beyond the small sacrifice that tithing is on my family. My husband and I have faithfully given our tiths to the Lord and he has blessed us with a family, a place to live, jobs, two college educations, and the intelligence to avoid debt. I saved myself for marriage even though the world mocked me for doing it. Nothing was a great was my joy when I found a man who too had waited and we were sealed together for time and all eternity as a family. Now that I have been married a while I see even more the great potential that we have to be spouses and parents, and how waiting to be intimate with only one person can help to create a relationship that can withstand the tests of this life. My life is my faith. I hope that every day I am being the example that I need to be. I know that I am not perfect, or even near it. I nag, and I complain, and I worry and fear, but I know that my life is the Lord's. I will do what He asks because I know that in the end, when this life is over, that doing what He asked of me is all that will really matter.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Alisha Jarmin Sensenbaugh
We live life with what we call "eternal perspective" knowing that this life is not the end of our existence, but more the middle, we are able to focus on the blessings we want to receive at the "end." Because of this perspective we don't drink, smoke, or have sex out of marriage, but we also try and be like Christ everyday. This means that we volunteer, give to charities, and lend a helping hand to our neighbors. Our perspective also means that we don't waist much of our youth being focused on ourselves. Instead we plan for our futures, such as going to college, marrying in the temple and starting a family sooner than much of the world would see as normal. For us marriage and family aren't burdens. They are the most cherished things in our lives next to the gospel. Our belief that we can be a family unit in the next life as well as this one and that the words "til death do you part" don't apply for those that have been sealed in the temple, is the greatest motivation to keep us focused on Christ, focused on family, and focused on sharing the joyous truths that we know though the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less