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Hi I'm Alma

I'm a student, business man, and dancer at Brigham Young University (BYU). I'm from West Valley, Utah, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a ballroom dancer and the President of the BYU Country Dance Club, so I do all sorts of fun dancing. I love spending time with friends and family doing just about anything active, inside or out. I study entrepreneurship at the Marriott School of Management (BYU's bussiness school) and it is a great school. I've learned great stuff to be able to use in the professional world, and I've seen how my experience in the business world has and does provide me with great insights which help to enrich my experiences in class. I work for eBay Inc. and also love it. I really do appreciate what eBay does for a lot of people - it provides a venue for average people to be able to sell their stuff to people all over the country and sometimes all over the world. It's cool to be able to be part of a company that gives back to the world and is in it for at least a little more than just the bottom line. That's hard to find in the big, wide business world.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm not a Mormon just because I was raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or because my family would be very disappointed if I decided not to be. I'm a Mormon because deep down, beyond blind faith I truly believe that all the experiences I've had throughout my life as a member are not just evidence of the truthfulness of the gospel, but they are re-assurances of that time when I knelt down and asked if it was true--because there was a time when I wanted to know. I didn't just want to say that I believed it anymore. I wanted to be able to say that the Spirit of the Lord God Almighty had witnessed to me that the gospel was true. I did pray and I did receive a witness that was so individually tailored to me that is was more than a confirmation, it was a affirmation that all that I had done was right and that I should continue to strive to be the best Mormon I should be because this is His Church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being who I am. I have come to a realization that reading my scripture (the Book of Mormon, Bible and other canonized work, as well as words of living prophets) is like eating. My spirit needs food like my body does and when my spirit gets hungry it is just harder to have as good of a day. I need my food. :) Whenever I'm low or I have a friend that needs help I turn to my friend Jesus Christ through the scriptures and prayer. It really is part of who I am. I don't know who else to turn to that would ever be able to understand me as well as my Savior who suffered my pain, paid the price for my sins and is still willing to help me because He knows that I really do try to be a good boy, and that's what He cares about, effort. Sometimes I may makes some mistakes, or just be stupid, but he is there to pick me up and say: come on Alma, you can do better than that! Get up and try again... You've got this.

What is being a Mormon like?

It is a way of life. I think it's really just living what Christ taught in a way we believe makes sense. We're not that different than many other denominations, but our Church demands dedication, love, service, and at times sacrifice to be able to function. We don't get paid for what we do, we just do it, we love it, and we usually like sharing what we're passionate about... don't we all? Show more Show less