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Hi I'm Alli Banda

I'm a college student, an avid reader, New Hampshire Manchester missionary, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

My family is my life. I am the second of four children. My older sister was diagnosed with autism when we were both very young. She now attends a community college and is one of the smartest people I know. My two younger brothers are the typical teenage boys who love video games and sports. They are also smart, as smart as teenage boys can be. My father is an assistant principal of a middle school, working with students whose age he occasionally acts like. My mother is an English teacher, and our favorite classic is Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird. I am a college student who hasn't declared my degree just yet. I've considered both civil and chemical engineering, and the day I decide I want to be either an architect/structural engineer or genetic engineer will probably be the day I declare. My hobbies include reading and writing stories. I am currently working on a novel about a princess who witnesses her father's death as a child and discovers his death was a murder organized by conspirators who wish to take over all the kingdoms, and she is the key character in stopping them. I also love movies and TV shows. Many of my jokes derive from movie quotes said under circumstances that make the situation appear more comical. Family favorites include Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Princess Bride, and just about anything from Disney. "May the Force be with you" and "have fun storming the castle" are both completely acceptable ways to say good-bye or wish good luck for an activity.

Why I am a Mormon

I continue to follow the gospel because it makes me happy. I am happy to know that there is, has been, and will continue to be, a plan for me for and after this life. I am grateful for our Savior Jesus Christ's sacrifice, so we are able to live with our Father in Heaven again. I am grateful that Joseph Smith was worthy and courageous enough to stand for the restored gospel, and that he could translate the Book of Mormon we have today. The Book of Mormon serves and a supplement to the Bible and they both testify of our Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ, and I love having additional stories we can learn from and share from the Book of Mormon. I am grateful that our church leaders today are worthy to receive revelation for the modern day. These are also why I serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from May 2014 until November 2015. I want to make people as happy as I am about this wonderful gospel. This is such wonderful news no person should go without it.

How I live my faith

Optimism is the way to go! Anybody's day can be brightened with a positive attitude. I am called to serve the people of New England in the New Hampshire Manchester Mission, and it has been the best adventure of my life. I have learned much from the people I worked with, and am grateful for that privilege to serve them. Even my Grammie, who isn't a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is excited that I am in Maine, the land of her birth. I love to think that I am walking where ancestors have walked and I love learning more of our family history from her.