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Hi I'm Alyssa

I'm a piano-playing, outdoors-loving, Spanish-speaking, peanut-butter-eating, yoga-doing, dancing college student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Born and bred in Boise, Idaho, I now attend a church-owned university in Utah. I love my family: I have parents who I label as "Mr. and Mrs. Incredible" (because they look like the Pixar superheroes and because they deserve the name), an older sister, an older brother who recently got married to his sweetheart, and a younger sister. As mentioned above, I enjoy playing the piano; I had the best high school job ever as my own boss, teaching piano lessons. Now I'm using a music minor to continue my music studies and to improve in singing, the organ, and guitar. I dance around the house, do ballet, jazz, and a bit of clogging, ballroom, and swing. Tennis and soccer are my favorite sports. In elementary school I was convinced that I'd be a ballerina, artist, or teacher. In middle school I decided that wedding planning was the path for me. In high school I had no idea, but settled on civil engineering when I applied to BYU. Well, all of these diverse aspirations have changed, and like everyone else I'm trying to figure out what God's plan is for me. I love to teach and I was an Elementary Education major here for a couple of years, but decided to switch to Information Systems. So far, I love it... though programming and I have a rocky relationship. I hope to work for a church website (hey, maybe I'll someday work on this one!) and then pursue a Master's in Instructional Psychology and Technology, which combines my love for education and using technology to enhance it.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents are members of the LDS church, and growing up, we had daily scripture study and prayer, as well as Family Home Evening, a weekly family devotional on Monday nights. I enjoyed the fun songs and activities in Primary, and knew that they church was true because my parents and leaders had such strong testimonies. As I got older, I realized that I needed to find out for myself that the church and its teachings were true. This process was gradual for me; as I read the scriptures and studied the teachings of our church, I prayed for confirmation and received feelings of peace and truth. During my sophomore year, I was able to pack up my bags and visit Church History sites with other students. In addition to loving the Fall colors, I learned about our church's history and the incredible amount of faith that the early members of the church had to sacrifice everything for what they believed. I would be willing to give everything for this gospel. I am so grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ. Because of His atonement, I can repent and overcome my many weakness and someday be worthy to return to my Heavenly Father. I know that He loves you and has a plan for you, and is only a prayer away. The Book of Mormon is an ancient record translated by Joseph Smith and testifies of Jesus Christ. Reading it and living by its teachings will bring greater happiness to your life, and you can find literally any answer to any question in that book. Just read it and you'll see :)

How I live my faith

I was born into the LDS church and was very involved in the great youth programs they have - like Primary, Young Women's, and Seminary - up until college. We had wonderful leaders who taught lessons each week in church and weekly activities where we would learn new skills (like sewing), perform service, and just have fun together. In Young Women's, I held leadership positions like Secretary, 1st Counselor, and President, in which I helped assess the needs of the girls in the ward and plan activities that would meet those needs. We had Girls' Camp every year, full of silly songs, fun games, hikes, devotionals, and testimony meetings. I went on a pioneer trek twice, in which the youth were placed in "families", pulled handcarts together for about 30 miles, and were representing Mormon ancestors who crossed the plans to obtain religious freedom. In my college wards, I have received callings as a teacher every semester and have loved it! The wards here are a blast; we have "family" groups that meet every Monday, fun activities weekly, trips to the temple, great church meetings every Sunday, and true to BYU stereotypes...lots of dating :). Right now I am a ward missionary.