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Hi I'm Alissa Murdoch

I'm a happy, hopeful, short college student who loves people, loves adventures, loves life, and loves being a Mormon!

About Me

I may be short, red headed, and a little bit blind, but I love to read, mountain bike, and sing anytime, anywhere, and at any volume. I recently returned from serving a mission in Montreal, Canada, and am attending University in hopes to become a high school French teacher. I enjoy mountain biking, baking bread, and looking at the stars. Although not every marshmallow I cook looks edible, I love everything there is about camping, but most especially, I love admiring the beauty of the world in which we live.

Why I am a Mormon

In all simplicity, I am a Mormon because I have asked God, our loving Heavenly Father, if this church is true. It is true. I am a witness. One of our church leaders named Bishop Causse once said, "The church is not true because there are experts. The church is true because there are witnesses." And so, I witness that this is the true church of Jesus Christ on the earth again, and that in a world that sometimes feels scary and hopeless, the gospel brings me peace and comfort. I am a Mormon because I know the Book of Mormon is true, because I love the Savior Jesus Christ, and because I know I am a Child of God. I know He loves me. There isn't anything else that brings me greater peace in this life than knowing that God will help me accomplish all that is required of me. I love the Savior. I love the Book of Mormon. And I love being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

At church, I have the opportunity to play the piano for our meetings. This has been a blessing in my life because it is almost as if I am able to share my testimony each Sunday through the music in our meetings. One of my favorite songs goes like this, "I have a family here on earth, they are so good to me. I want to share my life with them through all eternity! While I am in my early years, I'll prepare most carefully so I can marry in God's temple for eternity! Families can be together forever through Heavenly Father's plan. I always want to be with my own family, and the Lord has shown me how I can, the Lord has shown me how I can." The fifteenth prophet of the Church named Gordon B. Hinckley once said, "Our kindness may be the most persuasive argument for that which we believe." I hope to be the kind of daughter in whom my Heavenly Father can trust to run His errands. One of the ways the women of our church can do this is through visiting other sisters. We are assigned someone to visit each month and share a gospel message with her. But more than that, we are always there for her and other members as well. Not only has Heavenly Father given us earthly families to be a part of, but He has also given us a Heavenly Family, and we are to care for each other because we are literally spirit children of God.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Alissa Murdoch
Yes, Jesus Christ did visit the people in ancient America. These people, the Nephites, are the "other sheep" the Savior speaks of in John chapter 10 verse 16. Because I know the Book of Mormon is true, I also know that the Savior Jesus Christ did visit the Nephites. I know He loves everyone, and so I am certain it was important to Him to visit them. One of my favorite verses in this crowning event of the Savior's visit is found in 3 Nephi chapter 11 verse 15, which reads, "And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust their hands into his side, and did feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet; and this they did do, going forth one by one until they had all gone forth, and did see with their eyes and did feel with their hands, and did know of a surety and did bear record, that it was he, of whom it was written by the prophets, that should come." I love reading how each person was able to know for himself that the Savior was crucified and was resurrected again. And the part that touches me the most is that they went forth "one by one." It reminds me that the Savior cares for me individually, knows me personally, and died for me because He loved me. The fact that I matter more to Him than death and suffering is one of the most comforting truths of all time: I know He died for me that I might live again. And I know it's the same for you. I know the Book of Mormon is true. It truly is another testament of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less