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Hi I'm Alix

I work for a non-profit. I love travel, adventure, the arts, animals, and people. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love life. It is such a gift; but I didn't always see it that way. I have come to appreciate the smaller things - or rather, the things we don't really notice unless we open our eyes. I love the earth. I am not terribly athletic (I try to be, but working out is so hard!), but whenever I have the chance, I love to kayak, hike, rock climb, ride my bike, swim, and do obstacle courses. When I was 13, I started doing tech work for the improv team at my sister's high school. I fell in love with improv. I don't do it much anymore. But it really helped me come out of my shell and learn more about myself. Music is a huge part of my life. It's part of who I am. I love singing and playing the piano. I also love writing - music, poetry, stories, novels, music videos... You name it! I love the power of words. It's amazing to me how a bunch of abstract symbols on a piece of paper can somehow paint the most vivid pictures in our minds. I started at a community college right after high school, and I attended for a year before I decided to serve a mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate enough to be born into a wonderful, loving family that has always been active in the LDS Church. Still, I think of myself as a convert. When I was a young teenager, I went through what would be the first of many very difficult trials. I struggled a great deal with my mental health, and I was miserable. I did not love myself at all. I didn't feel love for others. I felt sad, alone, afraid, confused, completely lost, and utterly hopeless. These feelings only intensified as other burdens were added to me. I had a very difficult time cultivating relationships with others. Typically, I kept to myself, preferring to hide in my room than to deal with anyone. I was depressed. Horribly, inexplicably depressed (among other things). So many bad things happened. I didn't understand; if there was a loving God, why would He do this to me? Then, nearly 6 years after I fell apart, something began to change in me. Within the span of mere months, I endured heart surgery, a broken engagement, a horrific car crash, a job where I was treated like dirt, and countless small heartaches. Yet, I look back on that time, and I consider it the best time in my life. Why? Because that was the time when I finally got my priorities straight. I made a decision to put God first, to truly live my faith. Christ's Atonement truly redeems us. I have seen the Lord's promises in my life. And ever since I turned to Christ, even when things are hard, my life is brighter than it has ever been.

How I live my faith

I love to serve. In church, I am a secretary in the ward women's organization (Relief Society). I love choir -- ever since I was a child, I've participated in church choirs. It has been such a blessing to have that musical/performance background as I have pursued those interests in other areas of my life. When I was 18, I began fostering kittens for a local animal shelter. For a while, I also worked at a veterinary hospital; this experience prompted the animal shelter to offer me a job as a medical attendant. I love working for a non-profit! It is so rewarding! I get to work alongside skilled, talented, and passionate people every day. It breaks my heart when someone brings in a shoebox of tiny kittens that they found in a parking lot -- but it is so rewarding to nurse them back to health. I have seen kittens that have been severely neglected, and in some cases, tortured. It makes me so sad. And caring for animals that have endured that is very hard. It requires so much patience. But it is all worth it when I see the look on an adopter's face when they find the perfect pet -- an animal that would have been dead if not for the team I work with. I try to serve in every way I can. Sometimes, all I can do is offer a simple smile, some words of encouragement; sometimes, serving someone means being there for them when they need you most; sometimes, it requires time and energy; sometimes, it requires sacrifice. But there is no better feeling than helping someone else.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

We believe that grace is the "enabling power" made possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. In the Bible Dictionary and Guide to the Scriptures, it is referred to as "divine means of help or strength." When we think of those words, 'help' and 'strength,' they aren't things that accomplish anything on their own; they are things we might receive after we are already trying. If you're trying to do something on your own, someone might come along to help you; or if you start exercising, you don't start out strong -- you get strong after you've been working really hard for a while. Likewise, once we put forth our own efforts, then Christ does the rest. The Lord tells us in Ether 12:27 (in the Book of Mormon) that "my grace‍ is sufficient for all men that humble‍ themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak‍ things become strong unto them." In other words, we are imperfect. On our own, we cannot return to God's presence -- but He loves us, and wants us to return to Him. So He provided a Savior, a Mediator, a Redeemer: His son, Jesus Christ. And even though we are not perfect, and our efforts are not perfect, the enabling power of the Lord -- His grace -- makes us more than we can be on our own. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Jesus Christ established His church when He was on the earth. He restored His gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith, and we continue to have prophets today that receive revelation for the world. The Prophet is a mouthpiece of God, as are the apostles, but they are not the head of this Church - Jesus Christ Himself is. We have 12 apostles because it is the pattern established by Christ, and because He still leads His church today. Show more Show less