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Hi I'm Alyssa Richards

I am 19 years old. I was raised in Idaho and Utah. I enjoying running, and playing music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Salt Lake City but I grew up in Rigby, Idaho. I move back to Utah in my eighth grade year of school. I graduated from high school in 2014. In high school, I enjoyed playing every sport imaginable. I also enjoyed playing the violin in my school orchestra. I love to exercise. I love being out side doing something active. I unfortunately wasn't able to pursue a college athletic career, which was a very difficult decision, but I am happily pursuing different avenues of life. Just recently, I finished my freshman year of college, only studying general education. In my first year of college I had the opportunity of representing my school as a student ambassador. I was a part of a team of 20 other ambassadors that helped recruit for our college. I am the youngest of four children in my family and have grow up in the church my entire life. Just recently I received my mission call to Houston Texas. I am overjoyed with this wonderful opportunity. I report to the Missionary Training Center June 17th, 2015.

Why I am a Mormon

First off, I became a Mormon through my parents example. Ever since I was young my parents taught the principles of the gospel and just breaded me into the faith. Their parents before them did the same. For the longest time I really was never truly converted into the faith. Once I became old enough to make my own decisions, I started to disobey certain laws and commandments of the church. My transgressions brought me to a point where I asked myself the question, "Why am I a Mormon." After much thought, I realized the answer was simple. I wanted to stay Mormon because I had a firm faith in what living the gospel principles does to someones life. I had a built testimony in Jesus Christ, in Temples, in the scriptures, prayer, and in the living Prophets. I knew that I could live my life two different ways, and It was simple to me which way I wanted to live it. At that point in my life I was about 16 years old. By the time I moved out of my house and was living on my own, I had enough of my own testimony to go to church without my parents waking me up. I had enough reason to live the laws and commandments of the gospel. I know that this church is true and I know that Joseph Smith was a living Prophet of God. I have a firm testimony that he really did see the Father and the Son. I am so glad that I have been through certain things in my life to help me become truly converted. And I say these things, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I love talking about my faith. As you already know, I just receive my mission call to Texas and that is exactly the type of Mormon I want to be forever. I want to be a member of my church that will forever try to help spread the gospel to people around me, even after I come home from my mission. In my past experience being a Mormon, I have served in my church as a service coordinator. A service coordinator is someone who organizes meals to give to those in the community that are sick or in need of service. I was responsible to know who in our ward or community needed help and what the best way to help them would be.