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Hi I'm Alexis

I am a musician, a lover of learning, and I am proud to be a Mormon.

About Me

I love just about everything. I am a lover of learning, and, if I could, would probably take every math, history, music, and computer class available in college. My biggest hobby is music, and I am proficient (or becoming proficient) in 8 instruments, of which my favorites are the trumpet and French horn. I enjoy playing games that take a lot of thought, strategy, and knowledge, such as trivia games, Clue, and Scrabble. I come from a family of avid travelers and have stepped foot in over half of the US states, Washington DC, and over 6 countries, including Kenya, but the most memorable trip I took was my first trip to Utah. I went to watch General Conference in October 2013; it was incredible, completely unforgettable, and a testimony-strengthener for me. I am currently taking a break from school to prepare for and serve a full-time mission for the Church. I am extremely excited and grateful for the coming opportunity!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Baptist church but mainly grew up Seventh-day Adventist. When I was young I was baptized into the SDA church, but as I got older and realized that what I believed was different from what I had grown up being taught, I decided that I wanted to search and, once I found my fit, get baptized again. If I had never made the switch from private to public school, I doubt that I would have found what I was looking for, for it was in my junior year of high school that I first met Mormons, and it was in my senior year of high school that I visited an LDS church for the first time. It didn't take long before I felt compelled to join the LDS church and had read through the entire Book of Mormon, but it wasn't until almost a year after my inward conversion that I got baptized and confirmed. I can testify to you that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the truest and most complete Church on the earth today. The Gospel of Jesus Christ had been restored to the earth, and for that I am very thankful. In the Book of Mormon, a man by the name of Moroni encouraged to read and ponder the scriptures, and to ask God if these things are not true, and that we will receive our answer if we search with real intent (see Moroni 10:4-5).

How I live my faith

I am my ward's organist. Until I was asked to be assistant organist, I had only played the organ twice and it had been two years since the last time I had played, but I love the opportunity it gives me to serve the Lord with praiseworthy music. I would not say that the organ is a strong suit of mine, but the Lord strengthens each of us in our weaknesses, and I have definitely sensed him doing that in this aspect of my life. I'm also a member of my ward's Family History Committee and love to search out my own family tree as well as helping others with theirs or just discussing our families in general. I also go to all the church activities that I can and invite and encourage others to come. I love to share my faith at every opportunity. At school or work sometimes I get into interesting conversations with others, and especially when talks turn to the subjects of religion and stereotypes, I will bring up my faith. It's really fun and exciting for me when I can share my passion for the Church with others.

What is faith?

Alexis
Faith is "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1), "not to have a perfect knowledge of things" but to "hope for things which are not seen, which are true" (Alma 32:21). Faith is not just belief; it requires trust and action. You can look at a chair and say, "I think it can hold me up; I don't think it will collapse under me," but to have faith in that chair's capability, you have to trust the chair and sit in it. It's the same with faith. If you trust God, study the scriptures, and follow the Lord's commandments--if you do all of these things with sincere desire to believe in the Savior, your faith will grow bigger and stronger. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Alexis
If you desire to follow Christ's teachings and commandments, I would encourage you to speak your local Mormon missionaries. They can lead you through a series of lessons/discussions dealing with such topics as the basic history of the Church, Salvation, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the commandments. These lessons will help you to learn more about the Church, and as you study them, your faith will grow. When you are ready and feel convicted of the Church's truth, you can become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. First you will be baptized by immersion (a priesthood holder does this), which is for remission of sins; and then there is the laying on of hands (done by the same or different priesthood holder), who confirms your membership and, by the power of God, gives you a blessing in which you receive the gift of the Holy Ghost's companionship. It may sound like a lot right now, but don't worry; just contact missionaries first, and they'll be able to help you. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Alexis
Visitors are most definitely welcome to attend! Church consists of three sessions that last a total of about 3 hours, and anyone is welcome to come to all of it. The first session (about 60-70 minutes long) is called sacrament meeting. During this session, we sing hymns (religious congregational songs--hymnbooks are provided), opening and closing prayers offered by local Church members, partaking of the sacrament (similar to communion, except that we partake of water instead of wine or juice; the sacrament is beforehand blessed and then passed around by priesthood holders), and 2 or 3 designated speakers. The speakers may be adults or sometimes even teenagers. The second session of church consists of Sunday school classes for ages 12 and older. The third session of church includes the following classes: •Primary: ages 3-11 (group service and then split into classes by age group) •Nursery: ages 18 months-3 years •Young Women: ages 12-17 •Relief Society: women ages 18 and older •Priesthood: males ages 12 and older are split into age-oriented classes Once a month (typically the first Sunday of each month), Church members give their testimonies during the sacrament meeting in place of designated speakers. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Alexis
One of the Apostles of the Church, Elder David A. Bednar, put it this way: "A testimony is spiritual knowledge of truth obtained by the power of the Holy Ghost." If you "seek" the Lord & His truth "with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:13), the Holy Ghost will give you your answer. Testimony is the first step of conversion. The foundation of a Mormon's testimony is that: •our Heavenly Father lives and loves us; •Jesus Christ lives, carried out the necessary Atonement, and is the Son of God; •Joseph Smith is a prophet who was called to restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ; •we are led by a living prophet on the earth today; and •the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's Church restored to the earth. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Alexis
At church, we partake of the sacrament (similar to taking communion in other churches, except that we partake of bread and water), study scripture, pray, and learn from scripture and from each other. Church is open to all, Mormons and visitors alike. The temple is the "House of the Lord" (1 Kings 6:1). Only those Mormons who are worthy by being true to the faith are able to enter because of the sanctity of the temple. It is a place of peace where sacred ordinances are performed. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Alexis
The Word of Wisdom is a message of health given to Joseph Smith in 1833. You can find details about the Word of Wisdom in Doctrine and Covenants 89:1-21. It emphasizes the benefits of spiritual and physical health and healthful eating, but is probably best known for speaking against the use of: •Coffee •Alcohol •Tea •Tobacco •Other substances (illegal drugs) that could harm our bodies Blessings come from following the Word of Wisdom. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Alexis
In some ways, we live the same as everyone else. We go to school, have jobs, raise children, etc. Some of the things that we do that are different are that we attend church and emphasize personal prayer and scripture study. We also put a lot of importance on family life because the family unit is essential to God's Plan, and we share what we believe whenever we can. All that we do in this life is a part of following Jesus Christ and doing what our Heavenly Father would want us to do, which brings joy in our lives. Some may look at the details of Mormon living, like how we abstain from coffee or tea, or how we don't condone sexual relations outside of marriage, and they may think that it is a boring and tedious lifestyle for us. But for those of us who follow God out of our love for Him, it is a joy and it brings peace to live the lifestyle that we live. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Alexis
No. Before I met Mormons, I thought the same thing, but it is the opposite. Yes, Mormons help each other, but most of what we do is to help others who are not. We strive to serve our fellowman, regardless of beliefs, because we have been taught to look after the poor and needy. Missionaries of the Church serve all around the world, teaching those who are not members of the Church. We are always willing to reach out to others. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Alexis
Frequently we get nicknamed as Mormons because of our belief in and use of the Book of Mormon. However, we are not followers of Mormon; we are followers of Jesus Christ. The reason we are called Latter-day Saints goes back to the first century AD. In the book of Ephesians, Paul referred to the Christians of his day as Saints, and since we live in the last days (latter days), we are called Latter-day Saints. Also, Joseph Smith was told through revelation that the Church was to be called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (see Doctrine and Covenants, section 115). This also emphasizes that we are followers of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Alexis
Both modesty and chastity are related to treatment of our bodies. Being chaste (chastity) means being sexually pure and reserving physical intimacy for marriage between man and woman alone. Dressing modestly keeps our bodies protected and sacred and shows that we respect the body as the precious gift that it is. Using language that is uplifting helps to keep ourselves pure as well. The Bible refers to as temples of the Holy Ghost (see 1 Corinthians 6:19-20), but the Holy Ghost will only dwell there if we keep our bodies and minds pure. Leading by example is a great way to teach children about modest behavior (language and dress). Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Alexis
By definition, a Christian is someone who believes in and follows Jesus Christ. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe in Jesus Christ, that He was and is the perfect Son of God, that He is our Savior who died by crucifixion to save us, and that He lives today. The doctrine and the gospel that we live and teach is the doctrine and gospel of Jesus Christ; Christ is the "chief cornerstone" of our religion (see Ephesians 2:20). Therefore, we are indeed Christians. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Alexis
The Book of Mormon was written by multiple prophets that lived in the Americas. It begins with a prophet named Lehi who lived in Jerusalem about 600 years before the birth of Christ. He was commanded by God to lead a group of people to the Americas. This small band grew from generation to generation and became great. God called many prophets among them, and it is their writings that are within the pages of the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Alexis
Men and women are equal, though their primary roles vary from each other's; but the man is incomplete without the woman, and the woman is incomplete without the man. In the family, fathers watch over, protect, provide for, and teach their families. Mothers mainly nurture their children. Both care and discipline the children. All men and women should respect each other at all times. Each has something to offer, both as a man or woman and as an individual and child of our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Alexis
We do not worship Joseph Smith. We acknowledge Joseph Smith as the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ in these days and the instrument of the Lord to restore His Church in its fullness, and we respect and acknowledge each other prophet whom the Lord calls to bless people with His words. But we worship our Heavenly Father and His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the center of everything when it comes to our faith. Show more Show less