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Hi I'm Alyssa

I'm an artist, a singer, and I'm working toward a degree in music education. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a prisoner in an extremely advanced torture complex for the criminally insane. It's called high school. I think the two words which would most describe me are 'artist' and 'philosopher'; my mindset is that I'm going to find (or create) and spread as much beauty, knowledge, and light as I possibly can in the world... I am a musician: I sing; I play piano, guitar, and clarinet (with varying levels of ability); and I compose. A lot. I also write (poetry, novels, you name it), and I draw (stick figures are my biggest challenge). I'm not necessarily the most talented in most areas, but I love to try anything and everything. If I see someone doing something, I have to learn how. I am famous for my epic ninja skills. (Not really, but I have been in martial arts for several years.) I am an avid story-teller; my friends know this to be true. I am an AP student, and I love to learn; I'm not very particular as to the subject. I'm pretty good with math... And I'm utterly insane. Just a heads up, there.

Why I am a Mormon

First and foremost, I belong to this Church because it's true. It's as simple as that. It is true. And it works. I look back on my life, and I remember those times when I've fallen away a little bit. When I've stopped reading my scriptures, or when I've refused to forgive someone. I look back on those times when I've allowed darkness to infest my life, and it makes the light all the brighter. It makes it so much more obvious what I should be doing, what my life was meant to be, what I was meant to be. It makes the happiness, the exultant joy and peace which I feel so much more noticeable when it's gone. When I take a step away from the Church, my sight of the future starts growing dim, starts getting bleak and hopeless; I start getting depressed, and I start wondering why I'm here in the first place. I stop feeling like I can make a difference. I start feeling like I'm insignificant. When I'm active, when I'm doing all I've been counseled to do, I'm happy. That pretty much says it all. Why am I a Mormon? Why do I belong to this Church? It makes me happy. And it gives me hope, despite the darkness and dreariness, despite the problems and ugliness which the world is infested with. It gives me hope. And it helps me see the beauty.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by spreading sunshine. I give hugs and smiles; I share what talents I've been given with the people around me. I try to make them laugh, and I try to share the joy I feel and the light I see with others. I try to help people, to lift them up and help them on their way. I give encouragement and love to the people around me. I try to set a good example for people, I suppose, but it's less that I'm trying to show them what they ought to be doing, and more that I want them to see how happy they can be when they live the way I do and the way members across the globe are living. It really is a happier way of life. I live my faith by learning as much as I can, both about intellectual stuff and about the Gospel and the sweet truths I find there. I live my faith by being true to myself and my potential, by not accepting any less of myself than what I know I can do. All in all, I live a lot differently than I would if I weren't a part of the Church. If the Church weren't a part of my life, a part of me. I am different. And you know, different isn't always a bad thing. I'm a far cry from perfect, but I'm getting there. And that's where we're all trying to get, isn't it?

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Alyssa
Well, I can tell you that most of us are pretty normal. We aren't aliens from another planet with a bizarre culture of our own. Here in America, we dress up for Halloween and get school off on Memorial Day. The only possible difference from us and the world as a whole is that on Christmas and Easter, we try to focus more on Christ and what He's done for us--and less on presents and candy. But we aren't the only ones to do that, either--all true Christians do. As for church, we just wear nice clothes. It's a form of respect, I guess. Girls wear skirts and guys wear suits--following modesty standards of the Church, of course. It's simple enough. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Alyssa
Yeah. The Church's full name is the Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We teach from both the Book of Mormon and the Bible, which includes the New Testament--which contains all of His teachings while he was here on the Earth. And the Book of Mormon is "Another Testament of Jesus Christ". It talks about him, too. We teach faith in Him and trust in His delivering power, and those of us who've been baptized have been baptized in His name--the name of Jesus Christ. We believe in Him and try to follow His teachings. And the Church is here to help us be better Christians. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Alyssa
You get baptized. It may take a little while before you know that it's the right thing to do, or it may take a leap of faith, but the peace and joy that comes of it are priceless. Show more Show less