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Hi I'm Alyssa Powell

I grew up in Washington state. I love dancing and running. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in an LDS family to two loving, wonderful parents. I am the third child of six children, four boys and two girls. We've been faithful members of the church our whole lives, and I think the church has had a lot to do with how well my family has gotten along with each other over the years. There is a lot of love in our family. We love spending time together whether it be at home, out on the boat, or at a football game. We don't always get along 100% of the time. But, we do get along most of the time. Growing up, I've always felt very loved and very happy. It's been a great life so far and I'm looking forward to many more amazing years full of happiness. I can't wait to see where life takes me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, so I've attending church my whole life. But, I wasn't born with a testimony of the gospel. I've had my doubts and I had to work hard to gain the testimony I have today. Growing up, I remember hearing others say that they knew the church was true, but I didn't feel like I could say that I knew it. I wanted to have the feeling that I'd heard others describe where they felt the Spirit testify to their hearts that this church is true. So, I followed Moroni's promise in the introduction of the Book of Mormon. I read the Book of Mormon and I poured out my heart to God to know whether or not the church was true. I knelt down in my bathroom the night I finished reading the book and resolved to myself that I would not get up off the floor until I had my answer. I don't know how long I was kneeling there, but my answer never came. Not that night. But, it did come a short while later. There have been a few experiences in my life where I've been blessed to feel the Spirit so strongly, testifying to me that the church is true and that Heavenly Father is happy with me and my efforts to live righteously. In those moments I know without a doubt that this church is true. I've felt joy so strongly it feels like it's consuming me and I am about to burst. Looking back I've wondered why, after reading the Book of Mormon and praying in faith to know if the church was true, I didn't receive my answer when I'd been praying so earnestly that night. Over time, I've come to the conclusion that spiritual experiences cannot be forced. If the Holy Ghost came and testified to me every time I wanted that confirmation that the church is true, then there wouldn't be a trial of faith. I would probably think that the feelings were coming from myself because they came whenever I wanted them to. But I know that those feelings do not come from myself. They come from the Holy Ghost, the third member of the Godhead. And because of them, I know that this church is true.

How I live my faith

Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is not a casual thing. It requires a great deal of commitment and sacrifice to be a faithful member of the church. But in the end, it doesn't feel like much of a sacrifice at all because the blessings that come from living the gospel are indescribable. The peace and joy that come from living the commandments are so pure and strong. I wish that everyone in the world could feel the true joy that I've felt because of this church. I live my faith every day by praying to my Heavenly Father and by reading my scriptures. I attend church meetings every Sunday and I give a tenth of all my earnings to the church in tithing money because the Lord has given me everything I have. It is a way of showing my faith and gratitude. I strive each day to live as the Lord would have me live. I try to love all those around me with Christ-like love, seeing those around me as their best selves, not judging them for their imperfections. Not one of us is perfect. We are all just trying our best in this life.