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Hi I'm Alicia

I am from west jordan utah, and just got back from serving a full time mission in El Salvador Santa Ana.

About Me

I am Alicia, but some people call me Ali for short. I am a recently returned missionary, coming home from serving a full time mission in the El Salvador Santa Ana mission. It truly was life changing. I came home early with a hole in my heart, the size of a dime...but I just barely had that operated on, and I am now doing fine. :) I love to play basketball, and now especially soccer. Im down for eating pupusas any day, and speaking Spanish. I truly believe that through our weaknesses and trials we are made strong, if we just have faith, and by relying and acting upon the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Wanna learn more about me? Read my two blogs...the links are below!! Thanks!! http://www.hermanathomas.blogspot.com/ http://thewarriorwithinu.blogspot.com/

Why I am a Mormon

I have been raised as a Mormon my whole life. I was baptized when I was 8 years old, and attended sunday meetings, as well as church activities regularly throughout the week. It sounds really typical of someone who grew up and has lived in Utah their whole lives. My parents were raised in it, as well as the rest of my family. It was easy to kind of just "go through the motions" of being a Mormon, because everybody else was. But I think that no matter if you are an investigator, new convert or someone who has been raised in the gospel...there is always going to be a point in your life where you truly convert. I always have had a simple testimony of the Church. In my middle school and beginning of high school years, it was a testimony complied of other peoples testimonies and what I thought I wanted people to hear. As I entered my junior and senior years of high school, that testimony wavered..and I wondered sometimes if the Church was even true, and sometimes thought the Church to be a little too uptight. I continued to go to my Sunday meetings...but only for the social aspect of it. After I graduated, I gained a little bit of my testimony back, but had not taken the time to truly find out for myself and pray about it. And then something drastic happened. I left home when I was 18 years old...I left everything behind. My clothes, my bed, and shoes....as well as great and terrible memories of that place. I left an abusive household, with only the clothes on my back. Thank goodness my cousins took me in to live with them. For the first time in my life, I had nothing to rely on. And for the first time, I realized that the gospel is what was going to keep me going through my trial. It was a point in my life, where I started to pray like crazy..and finally, I was converted. I am a Mormon because this is the only thing that truly makes me happy in life. I am Mormon because I want to be an example to others of how to find this happiness. I like it, love it and live it. :)

How I live my faith

Sometimes living your faith does not have to require something huge and grand. It can be as little as saying your daily prayers, daily scripture study and fulfilling church callings. As a returned missionary, I try to keep up with these daily habits. I also love to serve others, and I am always looking for new church activities to go to, such as institute. Making little things like this a priority in my daily life, helps keep me on track, and helps me to realize whats really important in life.