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Hi I'm Alicia

I grew up in Ohio. I am a country girl at heart. I love to laugh and I desire to create. Oh, and one more thing...I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a town where I never felt like I fit in. I was so glad to leave once I graduated high school because I would be headed out west where I knew I would be closer to family and people who shared my faith. I attended three years of college at BYU-Idaho where I studied art and child development. However, my heart is set on interior design. It will happen soon enough, but I'd like to finish at BYU-Idaho. I have so many wishes and desires. I feel like most of us are that way and may feel like we won't get around to half of the things we want to do. I like focusing on the good I've accomplished so far and hope that I have a bright future ahead. I love to serve, I love to hike and camp and be in nature. I was a cheerleader and a gymnast, played piano, enjoyed art, love spending time with my family. All good things, to name a few. I have been a Mormon all my life, but I wasn't truly converted to the church until my senior year of high school. Life has been a roller coaster; full of ups and downs. The one thing that I know has kept me going is my faith in Jesus Christ, His gospel, and my desire to become a better person every day.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, not because I grew up with it, but because I have come to find out for myself that it is only through Christ and His gospel that we can live with our Father in Heaven again and with our families for eternity. I have visited other churches, I have been inactive, but I always come back to this church. I cannot deny the feelings I felt when I was baptized, when I received the gift of the Holy Ghost, and was confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Knowing the promises I have made, willingly, and the blessing I can receive from keeping those promises brings so much comfort. God does not expect us to be perfect, but He does expect us to get up when we fall and try to be better. I will never forget the moment I was truly converted to the church. I had went on a trip with my ward to Palmyra, New York to see the church sights and we came to Joseph Smith's home. I was able to walk the path that he walked as he made his way to pray to Heavenly Father to know which church was true. I stood in the same grove of trees that he stood in as he knelt and prayed, and witnessed the Father and the Son. The spirit just overwhelmed me. I felt in my mind and my heart that this was the true church: that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ came to a young boy, answered his prayers, qualified him, and helped him restore the church to its fullest. The church continues to grow and I am glad that I can be a part of helping the church expand as I serve a mission and teach others about the church. It has brought me so much happiness and I want to help others come to know of their Savior Jesus Christ and that through Him, they can find joy. I am a Mormon. I live it, I breathe it, I love it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by believing in Christ, reading my scriptures, accepting my church callings, attending my church meetings, and praying each morning and night to my Heavenly Father. I have noticed that the more I live and exercise my faith, the stronger my testimony is and the easier it is to share with others how this gospel has changed my life. Have you ever felt stuck, felt unhappy, or felt like you were just missing something? Have you tried praying? It seems like we do everything we can to get answers on our own before we ask others. The Lord knows us way better than we know ourselves so why not ask Him first? He wants us to be happy, He wants us to succeed, and I know that if we ask Him for advice or guidance with faith, He will give us an answer. The Lord cannot guide out steps if we aren't taking any. Don't be afraid to exercise your faith. He realizes your efforts and He will bless you. I know that to be true. In accepting my church callings, there have been a few that I felt like I could never do- like playing the piano for my church's choir. I like to play piano, but that does not mean I am any good. I will tell you, I felt completely unprepared for our first musical number even though I practiced hours on end, but I said a prayer as I played the first note and it turned out beautifully. The Lord knows what we are capable and if we believe in Him, all things are possible. I always try to be an example and I hope that one day I will posses at least a few of Christ's amazing attributes. I try to always be kind, humble, and loving towards others, and take every opportunity I can to share the gospel. I am a member of this church and I will stand as a witness of its truths. I am about to leave to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints and I cannot think of a better way to live my faith in Christ than to spend every day serving Him and His people. I cannot wait. It will be hard, but it will be worth it.