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Hi I'm Alycia Spencer

I'm a vegetarian Mom to six kids. I've lived in many places. I love helping people and the earth. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived in Pennsylvania, Ontario, Massachusetts, Texas, and Utah. I love reading, learning, Zumba, dancing around the house, digging in the dirt in the sunshine, trying new veg recipes, feeding people, caring for our earth and for people, researching information, sharing information, and laughing with my little ones...and my big ones. I do not tolerate abuse of any kind. I dislike housework even though I used to clean houses professionally with my family's company. I'm a great mom and a lousy housekeeper. I'm conversant in ASL. I'd like to become an herbalist. I'm a loyal friend.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was raised in the church, at some point, everyone must experience his or her own conversion. I was baptized and confirmed a member when I was eight. I had faith that Heavenly Father had a plan for me, that the blessings of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and all that was necessary for me to return to my Father in Heaven were available through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a teenager, I had many experiences that enlarged my understanding of the gospel and strengthened my testimony. I came to understand where I came from, why I'm here on earth, and where I'm going. Right after I graduated from high school, my family took a whirlwind tour of the US and church history sites. I remember standing in Carthage Jail, where Joseph Smith was martyred. There, I felt such a powerful spiritual confirmation that I knew with sudden clarity that Joseph Smith was a real person, a prophet of God, who translated the Book of Mormon through God's power. I knew, and still know, that Jesus Christ himself leads The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through His living prophet today and that the saving ordinances requisite to enter into God's Kingdom are available by His power through His church on this earth. There are three things about the gospel and the church that are most precious to me. First, while I can't always be with my children to protect and guide them, I can teach them to live worthy of having the Holy Ghost with them at all times so that their Father in Heaven, through the Holy Ghost, can guide, direct, and protect them. Second, through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, I can repent and be forgiven so that I can be clean before the Lord and relieved of my burden from sin and mistakes. Every Sunday when I take the sacrament, I renew my baptismal covenants and am cleansed as if I had just been baptized. Lastly, through temple covenants and proper priesthood authority, I can be together with my family forever.

How I live my faith

For me, my faith isn't just about going to church on Sunday. It shapes my everyday life. My day starts and ends with personal and family prayers. Everyday we have personal and family scripture study. On Monday evenings, we have designated family time together. Regularly, I spend time visiting other women to build friendships and a network of support for each other. I oversee Sunday lessons for the women and am part of the leadership for the women of our local congregation. I look for opportunities to help my neighbors and those in my church. Every major decision I make, I seek the guidance of the Lord. Often, when someone I encounter has been unpleasant or difficult, I remind myself that that person is also a child of God with his or her own story, challenges, blessings and try to see that person's perspective. When I'm experiencing a challenge, I'm learning to call on the enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ; to trust the Lord that He'll help me through it, ask for His help, and do what He asks. I strive to keep His commandments and repent regularly so that I may have His Spirit to guide, direct, and protect me and my family. The words I use, things I watch and read, clothes I wear, places I go, I choose carefully so that I may have the Holy Ghost with me to guide me. My understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ and our Father in Heaven's Plan of Salvation shapes my understanding of this world and the happenings around me. It helps me understand my purpose in life and how I can be a force for good.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Alycia Spencer
I think when people ask why women don't hold the priesthood, often what they're really asking is why women don't hold recognition or leadership in the church; why we don't have access to the blessings of the priesthood. This is a misunderstanding. A modern prophet said, "The blessings of the priesthood are not confined to men alone...The Lord offers to his daughters every spiritual gift and blessing that can be obtained by his sons, for neither is the man without the woman, nor the woman without the man in the Lord [see 1 Corinthians 11:11].” The priesthood of God has nothing to do with public recognition or any mortal power. It is the power and authority to act in His name, to do what He would do if He were on the earth as He directs. It is His power, His authority, and He gives it to whom He chooses. When we try to superimpose mortal constructs of authority, recognition, and value over the Lord's priesthood power, that is how we become frustrated. It will not hold. You cannot contain and define the Lord's infinite power and wisdom with mortal understanding. The world values visible figures of public acclaim and glory. The Lord values eternal family units and individual hearts. To quote another modern prophet, "I know of no other organization in all the world which affords women so many opportunities for development, for sociality, for the accomplishment of great good, for holding positions of leadership and responsibility." I find this to be true in my life. Show more Show less