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Hi I'm Alicia

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker turned stay at home mom. I love running and reading books and writing. I'm a mormon.

About Me

It's hard to imagine what life was like before I had kids, even though I can give you the facts. I didn't marry until I was in my late 20's so I'd had a chance to do so many things before I had a chance to start a family. I earned my master's degree, did research in South Africa, studied music, worked with troubled teens, rode horses, ran a marathon and a few half-marathons, traveled the world, curled up with a book whenever I wanted, and learned bits of Xhosa, Italian, Spanish, French, and Pig Latin . I know that so many people think I'm crazy for giving up my career to stay at home. Sometimes I have to stop myself from defending my decision. I shouldn't need to, though. Marrying Ryan and having kids has been the best challenge of my life. It has reminded me that life is better--and I am a better person--when I am not focused on myself.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon family. We went to church every week and had family prayers. I read the Book of Mormon the first time when I was around 13 and I struggled with the language, despite being a fairly advanced reader for my age. I remember wondering if I should give up, but I pressed on. I wanted to know if it was true or not. I did not have a miraculous, earth-shattering experience that first time, or the second or third. I don't remember when I started to understand it better or when I came to know that the Book of Mormon is scripture. It happened gradually, but I can tell you that I now recognize the power of the book. The Holy Ghost has testified to me repeatedly of the truthfulness of its teachings, that Joseph Smith had to have been a prophet to bring it to the world, and that I can be a stronger, better person by following its precepts. Aside from my experiences with the Book of Mormon, I have also chosen to remain a member of the church. When I went away to college, I realized during my first semester that my parents were not there to get me up and drive me to church on Sunday. It was the first time that I realized that I was going to have to decide for myself if I would continue following what I had been taught as a child. Like my experience with the Book of Mormon, I never had an earth-shattering experience with angels or anything. I just realized at the end of one week of questioning that I didn't need something like that. I already knew that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was the true church of Jesus Christ. My testimony had been building so imperceptibly that I hadn't realized I had one at all. Since then, I haven't looked back. I know it's true. If I have questions, I pray and ponder about them, but I do not need to wonder if the gospel is true. Every day's goal is to better align my thoughts and actions with what I know the Lord wants me to do.

How I live my faith

I try to be friendly with all my neighbors, whether they agree with me or not. Some of my biggest regrets are times when I have failed to be as compassionate as Christ would have me be. I also teach the youth Sunday School class and it is awesome to get the chance to talk about my faith in Christ and hear them talk about their spiritual insights every Sunday. It has strengthened my testimony of the gospel because I have the opportunity to study a topic in depth and then teach about it. I have so much hope for the next generation. This week's lesson is about how women and priesthood leaders both work to build the Kingdom of God and I am so excited for it! As for my family, I feel that the home is the most important place to live my faith, especially because it is the place that I am most likely to be comfortable and let down my guard. Not only am I teaching my daughters by the way I behave toward them and my husband, I am striving to build a family that I would want to be together for eternity. Following the example of the Savior, I have made a goal to discipline without raising my voice, to help my children feel love even when they have made mistakes, and to use my time to teach them about the gospel. I also want to make sure I take care of my marriage. I married my best friend and I want to be with him forever, so I try to be compassionate and patient when we disagree because I know it can be harder to build a relationship than to tear it down. I am careful about what media comes into our home, so that it can be a haven from the noise and confusion outside our walls. I show respect for the gift of my physical body by taking care of it and dressing modestly. I teach my girls stories from the scriptures so that they know why I do what I do.