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Hi I'm Alicia

I am a hippie child at heart. I am obsessed with turtles. I'm going to be a doctor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have always been obsessed with nature and learning about science, so I high-tailed it to medical school once I got the opportunity. I have been learning so much about the intricate body that God has so graciously crafted for us. Previously, I have traveled to Africa, where I got to help out in the hospitals, specifically with surgeries. I'm curious to see how God uses me and develops my various talents to help serve him.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Baptist church, got baptized and read my Bible. Once in med school, I was having issues making friends. I started to make friends and do things I knew I shouldn't. I finally stopped and re-examined my life. I met up with some LDS students, and we started studying together. I was blown away by how they were living their life, and wished I was living my life better. They invited me to church, which I rejected but then I started researching the church and asking many questions of them. We covered a lot of doctrine before I met the missionaries. Then I started meeting with the missionaries, praying every day, and reading the Book of Mormon daily. When I was writing an email to my parents, explaining everything that was going on, I realized I believed that the Book of Mormon was true. Up to then, I was impressed by all the cross-references, the size of it, an how it fit so well with the Bible. At General Conference, I got to hear President Monson speak for the first time. Before he spoke, an amazing friend asked, "Are you ready for the prophet of God to talk?" Near the end of his talk, I felt the Spirit more strongly than I ever have before. It was like a wave over me, and I knew Monson is a Prophet. On the day of my baptism, there was a rainbow, which is a sign of God's covenant, and also one of my favorite symbols. My baptism was an awesome day that I will not easily forget with people who loved and supported me. This church has changed my life for the better.

How I live my faith

I read the Scriptures daily, almost a chapter from each section. And I pray. I'm pretty sure I've prayed more now that I ever have before. And prayer definitely works! I have had prayers answered clearly and succinctly. It is amazing to know that Heavenly Father cares enough to listen to our prayers. I also ask questions of those who have been in the church longer, because they have great advice.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Alicia
The temples nowadays are very similar to the temples of old, written in the Bible. Back then, these were sacred places where only those who were worthy could enter in and perform certain ordinances with God. Today is no different. There are over a hundred temples currently in operation throughout the world. These temples are places where people of the faith can perform ordinances for themselves and as proxy for others. Before a temple is dedicated, it is open to the public so that any person who is curious can come and visit it. After it has been dedicated, it is closed to the public and is kept that way, so that only those who are living proper lives can enter. It is true that only some Mormons can enter the temple. Every year, Mormons are interviewed by their Bishop and possibly the President of the Stake to check of their worthiness. This interview is crucial to make sure that those who enter the temple come in with the right attitude, are fulling living their life in the way Christ wanted us to live, and are entering with a contrite heart and humble spirit. I hope that someday every Mormon is able to hold a temple recommend. It is essential that those of the faith enter into the temple and do work both for themselves, and for others. It is such a blessing to do work for those that we love, and to know that Heavenly Father is happy with our decisions. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Alicia
When I was first investigating the church, I learned about Mormons performing baptisms for the dead and thought it was strange. However, after I was taught by missionaries and some wonderful teachers from Gospel Principles class, I now understand the reasoning behind it. Heavenly Father loves all of us so much, so much in fact that He gave us agency (or the ability to choose for ourselves what we would do). He did this in hopes that we would one day return to Him. Not every person does, or had the opportunity to learn about the true gospel. After people die, we believe that people can learn of the gospel in the Postmortal Spirit World. They will be visited by those who kept the faith, and then have another opportunity to accept the gospel. If those individuals do accept the gospel, they also need to be baptized, receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, and other sacred ordinances. This is where living people come into play. Those who hold a temple recommend have the opportunity and the obligation to go to the temple and to do work as proxy for those who came before us. It is such a joy to perform baptisms for those who have died before us. The love of our Heavenly Father is so great and can be felt in our lives. After a faithful member has done the proxy work, the blessings may be received by their ancestors if the ancestors decided to accept the gospel. People who have died before us always have the option to accept or reject what was done for them. I hope that they accept. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Alicia
A testimony is a strong witness of something that a person believes to be true. These testimonies are made apparent to people by the Holy Ghost. I know that when I was first investigating the church, that I didn't understand why people used the word "testimony" so often in church, but it really does make sense. The Holy Spirit is a witness to truth, and there are many important truths with this church, since it is the Restored Church of Jesus Christ. I definitely have a testimony and it is continuously getting strengthened, day by day. In fact, the more people try to dissuade me from this Church, the more my faith, understanding, and witness of the Church grows. I have a testimony that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith when he was earnestly seeking which church to join, and that they told him to restore Christ's church on the earth. I have a testimony that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God, and that President Thomas S. Monson is a Prophet of God today, and that he receives special revelations directly from God that is pertinent for our lives today. I have a strong testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Christ's true restored church on the earth today. I also have a testimony that the Book of Mormon was inspired of God, that it is totally cohesive with the Bible, and that it helps people understand God's plan better. I believe that people can build their testimony through earnest seeking and prayer. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Alicia
Simplest reason, is because Christ commissioned us, as followers of Him, to share His message to those around us. Certain men and women give up freely of their time to serve various people of the world in this manner. It is how I was reached, taught, and converted. For some people, like myself, there is not quite enough time to serve a full-time mission. I have recently gotten the calling of Ward Missionary. As a Ward Missionary, I go around with my companion, and find people who had joined the church, and haven't been around in a while. It's like a treasure hunt, finding different people and sharing messages of hope and peace through the Restored Gospel. And, I am also going around with the different missionaries, sharing the Word of God, and His message of salvation. It is a lot to take in, but I really love doing it! I have always wanted to be a missionary, and now I finally have a chance to do it, and to help the lives of others. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Alicia
Yes, Mormons are definitely Christians. A Christian is one who follows Christ, His Commands, and attempts to emulate the Savior. That is exactly what Mormons do. A good reference for this is 2 Nephi 25:26, "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." That verse from the Book of Mormon does a good job explaining clearly the foundation of our church. It is Christ, hence why we call ourselves, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints". Everything that we teach, and everything that we do, is in line with having the members of our church become more Christ-like, and by doing our all in sharing our faith with others, so that they may have the same joy that we have. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Alicia
Baptism is one of the tenets that is importance for salvation and eternal life. The way that Mormons approach baptism is very biblical. We believe that baptism needs to be performed by those who hold the proper Priesthood authority, that the baptism must be done by immersion, and that it needs to be followed by receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. Without all of these things, the baptism is incomplete. In Matt 3:16, "And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him." This shows that Jesus was baptized by immersion, by someone who held the Priesthood (John the Baptist) and then received the Holy Ghost (Spirit of God) in the form of a dove. This concept is the same in John 3:5, "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." That statement that Christ made declares that baptism is necessary for salvation. How do we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost? Acts 19: 6, "And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues and prophesied." Through the laying on of hands, we receive the Holy Ghost. And why the Priesthood? Heb 5:4, "And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron." The person needs to be called and have the authority to do baptism. Same gospel always. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Alicia
Too frequently, faith and works are pitted against each other. Either you only need mere belief alone to enter the kingdom of heaven, or you should try to earn your way in. Neither of these is correct. Stephen E. Robinson, author of "Following Christ", wrote a great section on the whole faith vs. works dilemma dealing with two key verses. Romans 3:28, "A man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law" and James 2:26, "Faith without works is dead". Now, is Paul wrong, or is James wrong? Actually, they are both correct; it all comes down to their definition of faith. From page 83 of Robinson's book, "James defines faith as most modern readers would-as mere belief. Thus he points out that the devils also believe, and tremble. That is, they believe, but they're still going to be damned-mere belief won't do them any good. On the other hand, Paul clearly understands faith to be more than just believing. For him faith still retains its Old Testament meaning of "faithfulness" or commitment to the gospel." Thus, we see that both are needed: a pure faith in Christ, and the willingness to follow his commands (works). One without the other will not suffice. You cannot earn your way into the kingdom of God, nor can you enter in by simple faith alone. You need to have faith, and to show your faith by how you live your life. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Alicia
I honestly and sincerely do. Hebrews 13:8, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." All throughout times recorded in the Bible, God has directed people through prophets. All prophets speak of Christ, and receive direct revelation from God on how best to guide his people. I can testify to you, that President Thomas S. Monson is our Prophet today: In October 2012, I was sitting in the church building with a bunch of the missionaries, watching the Sunday session of General Conference. Right before President Monson was about to start speaking, one of the missionaries turns to me and asks, "Are you ready to hear the Prophet of God speak?" I don't remember my response, but I do vividly remember what happened. As President Monson began to speak, and continue to speak, I just felt wave after wave of the Spirit rushing right over me. Now, I've felt the Spirit before, but never so strongly as I did in that very moment. After Monson's talk finished, I turned to my friend and said, "I have never felt the presence of the Spirit more than when he told that last story. I do believe that that man is a prophet." That was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. It was more confirmation to me that this is the true Restored Church on the earth today. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Alicia
The Word of Wisdom comes from Doctrine and Covenants Section 89. This revelation was given to the Prophet Joseph Smith when he sought God's guidance on what to do concerning tobacco. In the Word of Wisdom, it particularly tells us to abstain from partaking of: tobacco, alcohol, coffee, non-herbal tea, and illegal drugs. The reason why we abstain from these substances is that they limit our agency (or ability to make choices). God giving us the gift of free will (agency) is such a great gift and we shouldn't do anything to limit our capabilities of making an informed decision. Prior to joining the church, I stopped drinking alcohol, and I know that I have been blessed by my choice. I used to not be proud of my decisions while drinking, and now I have nothing hindering my agency in that regard. The Word of Wisdom also tells us to eat other food items (grains, meat, fruits and vegetables) in moderation. The Lord wants everyone to live happy, long, lives, and by following His guidance, we can. In fact, the Lord has promised us, "And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings... shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones; And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint. And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of the Israel, and not slay them. Amen." (D&C 89:18-21). Show more Show less