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Hi I'm Alissa

I'm a California girl living in the Midwest. I am a busy wife and mother of four. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Northern California. I graduated from BYU with a BS in Health Promotion. I also served a welfare mission in Quito, Ecuador. I enjoy reading, Zumba, beach vacations and chocolate. My husband and I have 4 children ages 3-13 who keep us busy and laughing.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the experiences I have had. They have shaped who I am and taught me that this is God's church here on the earth today. I remember when I was 12 years old feeling like I didn't just want to believe what my parents and teachers told me. I wanted to know for myself if what I was learning at home and at church was true. I walked into the hills behind our house and asked my Heavenly Father to tell me. I can still recall the warm and peaceful feeling that came into my heart once I finished my prayer. As time has gone on, my knowledge and experience with the gospel has increased. Away at college, I felt very alone. I remember kneeling to pray and pouring my heart out to God. The same feeling came again- almost like Heavenly Father was giving me a hug and saying, " everything will be ok". As a missionary in Ecuador I studied the scriptures daily and felt my testimony growing each day as I learned more about the life and mission of Jesus Christ. Then the day I became a mother, I felt closer to heaven than ever before. I knew this little baby had just come from the presence of God. Even now I am amazed that He trusts me enough to nurture, teach and guide these four children placed in my care. I can't imagine going through life without these experiences. I think I would feel so lost. I believe we are all God's children and deserving of His unconditional love. I believe He loves us more than we can comprehend and is just waiting for us to reach out so He can teach and bless and guide us.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trusting my Father in Heaven. My husband has Crohn's disease and has had many hospitalizations and serious surgeries over the years. It is something neither of us planned on dealing with, especially while young and raising our children. But as I look back I can see God's hand in all of it. I know that God hears my prayers and answers them. I know I can receive strength and peace through my Savior Jesus Christ. I know that someday my husband will be whole again through the resurrection and that gives me hope. I work with the children at church on Sunday. I teach a class of 9 year olds. I can feel their faith as we talk and learn together each week. I also visit three women each month to watch over them and help them feel God's love for them. I have found that as I forget about my troubles and get busy serving others, I avoid self pity, feel happier, and make friends in the process.