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Hi I'm Ali

I'm an artist. I have epilepsy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been painting since I was 10 years old - I owe that to a very persistent lady who lives down the street from me. She taught me art lessons and shared with me everything she knows. I'm glad she didn't give up on me, because now I count it as an invaluable experience. Right now I'm studying acting in college. When I think about art, I think about people who opened up doors for me. I think about the love I felt. And the satisfaction of having something click in my brain. Sometimes it's hard to admit to people that I'm studying acting (let's face it, it doesn't sound as impressive as "biochemical engineering") but then I remember that I have the brain I do for a reason. And for some reason, biochemical engineering doesn't click with my brain! I started having seizures in 6th grade. For 7 years, we couldn't find a medication that controlled them, or even understand why I was having them. I'm lucky though because I didn't have them every day, and sometimes I'd go months without any. But it meant I couldn't drive or live or go anywhere on my own. But now, I've been seizure free for a year. I look back now and realize that epilepsy has almost been a blessing in my life. My friends and family have always been there to help me. It has taught me patience and how to let others help. At my core, I really just love getting to know people. I love cookie dough ice cream, and going to the zoo, and being a little goofy sometimes. I love learning, and most of all, I love creating.

Why I am a Mormon

I didn't always want to go to church. When I was a young teenager, I thought I would probably stop coming to church once I left home; I didn't feel like church was a necessity. But at the peak of my unbelief, I realized something: as I drifted away from the gospel and reasoned away the idea of a god, I didn't feel any better. Because of that small realization, I then thought, "maybe I should give the gospel a try". I started to read the Book of Mormon - a book that had always been in my house - but I read it in way I never had before. I read it with a desire to know more and to feel peace. And peace came. I felt my savior's love. For me, that was the first step: to know that God loved me. Everything I've learned has come because of that. The gospel helps me feel love from God, and love for other people because I know they are just as precious to God. What I saw as just "church" as a kid, has become something more. I now know that God has given us guidance because he loves us. He has given us a way to return to him. The gospel has expanded my perspective and helped me see the purpose of everything in my life. I love being happy, and I love knowing who I am. We are all so precious in God's eyes. When we put faith in him, he gives us so much more. I know God is present in our lives today, just as he was for his children in the Bible. He has never left us. I know that Jesus Christ is my savior and your savior. And I know this church is his true church on the earth today.

How I live my faith

I go to a Young Single Adult congregation - that means that we're all single people in the age range of 18-30, but everything else is the same as a regular congregation. We have this type of congregation available to us so we can meet with people that are going through similar phase in life (and so we get to have a lot of fun!) On top of all the fun, we all get to participate in leadership and other responsibilities in the congregation. I get to play the organ for the congregation and I also plan the activities we all do together during the week, and last but not least, I visit-teach other women in our congregation. Even though my callings are small compared with everything else I'm doing with my life, they help me feel connected with the other people in the congregation - both those that come every week, and those that don't come as often. The callings I have also mean that I'm part of the leadership committee that meets with the Bishop each month. Men and women with all kinds of callings meet with the Bishop and council together on how to help each other, and serve others around us in a Christ-like way.