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Hi I'm Alyssa Schafer

I was born in Hawaii and grew up in Canada. I love adventure and I sailed across the South Pacific with my family. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am currently serving a mission in Salt Lake City, Utah and I love the opportunity I have to invite others to come unto Christ and learn more of Him. The gospel of Jesus Christ has blessed my life so much and I am so grateful for this opportunity to share this message so that others can be blessed as well! I am the oldest of 7 children, 5 of which are boys! Last year, I joined my family on an adventure that changed my life! We bought a sailboat, a 45 foot catamaran, and sailed from California, through the South Pacific and ended in Australia! We sailed to French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Niue, Vava'u Tonga, American Samoa, Samoa, Fiji and Vanuatu! Our adventure lasted a year, but it completely changed my view of the world and how I should live. Our family of 9 made this adventure together, all on our own and we really had to learn to live with love and harmony. Sometimes we got on each other's nerves, but now our family is closer than it ever was before. I love my family so much! Being out in that open ocean and through storms and sun, I learned to trust in the Lord, because our lives were in His hands every single day. Meeting the people in these islands really taught me the value of love and generosity. People loved to help us out and take us places and give us gifts. They gave all they could and more. Sometimes we tend to give just what is convenient instead of giving of ourselves. In the islands I learned how to better give of myself.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church in a large, loving family. I didn't really have a lot of hard things I had to deal with growing up compared to people in different circumstances. Because of this, I never had a huge big conversion moment. It was so gradual, I can't pinpoint it to a specific time. Everything about the gospel just makes sense to me. There hasn't been one thing that I have learned in the church that I have gotten a witness of it's truth at some point in my life. I see God in every aspect of my life. My religion is a huge part of who I am and what I do. Christ has helped me through my trials and errors and helped me with my education, relationships, family, and so much more. I have gained great comfort from the Bible and Book of Mormon and from prayer. My testimony feels so vast and endless and my joy is so full when I contemplate what I know of God and Christ. I want so badly for everyone else to feel the joy that I have received from this gospel and to have access to the feeling of love I get from my Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by constantly working on my relationship with the Savior. One thing that I have learned is that consistent scripture study and prayer are vital to my own personal growth. I also listen to the words of our latter-day apostles and prophets and make sure to take the time to go and read the words they have said in the past. I feel that these are key to helping me understand my Savior and the Atonement better, which in turn helps me to become closer to Him. I have learned that serving others has helped me gain a better relationship with Christ and my Heavenly Father. Something I learned from living in the South Pacific was how unimportant the material things of this world really are. When it comes down to it, we gain true joy when we focus on others instead of ourselves. I am still a work in progress, but those experiences inspired me to be more charitable, generous and loving. I feel like the more I follow Christ's example and serve, the happier I am and the closer I feel to my Savior. It is my firm belief that to really understand how I feel about the Savior, I need to share how I feel. I try to live this daily and never be afraid to show and share what I believe. It can be hard at times, but the more I work on it, the easier it becomes and the more confident I get. When I share what I believe, it strengthens my testimony and relationship with Christ and I am better able to understand His Atonement.

What are Mormon temples used for?

Alyssa Schafer
The temple is a sacred place where we learn and make sacred covenants with our Heavenly Father. A covenant is a two way promise between us and the Lord. These covenants include eternal marriage - marriage that lasts forever, even after we die - and eternal families. Show more Show less