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Hi I'm Alix

I'm autistic. I'm a pioneer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California, where I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome (highest-functioning form of autism) when I was 9 1/2 years old, and moved to Utah when I was thirteen. I spent most of my junior high and some of my high school years being teased for being what I affectionately call "the Mormon Hermione Granger" - sitting in the front row, books/scriptures open before me, and my hand in the air. As some of you can probably tell, I am absolutely obsessed with Harry Potter - to the point where I know which Hogwarts House I would be Sorted into and what my wand would be (I'm still waiting for the Patronus Quiz). I also love reading other fantasy-genre books, writing fanfictions (fictions written by a fan of, and featuring characters from, a particular TV series, movie, etc.), and watching movies and TV shows with my family, particularly fantasy, mystery, action, and historical dramas. I'm currently a college graduate with a full-time job and loads of student debt to get rid of. I'm the oldest of four kids, currently unmarried, and the only member of my immediate family with autism. I go to church every Sunday and have a small group of friends that are just as nerdy and active as I am.

Why I am a Mormon

Part of autism is a strong desire for routine and normalcy. For someone who has moved sixteen times in her twenty-plus years, routine and normalcy could have been very hard to come by. The Church was something that helped me feel like something in my life was still the same, even if I was in a new city, a new school, and a new ward. The ward buildings and the people may change, but the Gospel never does. For a while, I wasn't entirely sure if I really believed or not, but as I grew older and found myself challenged by various people and situations, I realized that not only did I believe the Church was true, I also knew it was true and had likely always known it. I think I was 16 or 17 years old when I finally got a definitive answer from the Holy Ghost that I knew the Church was true. I specifically remember thinking, "I know this already," before getting hit with a feeling of warmth and solidity that affirmed to me that everything I'd been told growing up was really true. So much of my life would have gone so awfully if not for the Church. I would've been a burden rather than a blessing with my autism, and I wouldn't have had the courage to defy the school psychologists who told my parents that I wasn't going to do anything of true note. The constant inspiration and reassurance the Holy Ghost gives me and my family has guided us to and through so many triumphs and tribulations that I honestly don't know where I would be without it. I know without a doubt that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only true Church on the Earth today. I know that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ and was chosen by them to restore Christ's Church to its fullness in this day and age. I know that Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers. I know that the priesthood is God's power on the Earth today. I know that Thomas S. Monson is our prophet today. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me for who I am and know me by name.

How I live my faith

In the past, I held a calling as a Visiting Teaching Supervisor. "Visiting teaching" is when the ladies in our congregation go in pairs (normally) to visit and teach other ladies in the congregation. It's a way to help us get to know and love one another as sisters and friends while also continuing to learn about the gospel. My part in this process is to be the person some of the ladies are being held accountable to when it comes to their own visiting teaching. We have to contact one another at the end of each month, and they let me know who they visited (or didn't visit) and how each lady was doing the last time she was seen. I've also held a calling as a Family History Teacher in the past, teaching other members of our congregation how to use FamilySearch Indexing and Ancestry.com and other sites to discover their ancestors so the names can be taken to the temple for proxy ordinances. It's a very fulfilling experience to help someone else put their ancestor's information into the FamilySearch database because it can help them see where they've come from and who has helped make them the person they are. There is a sense of gratitude that people feel when they realize what their ancestors have gone through to help them live in their current situation, and I love helping people find that.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

I think that Mormon women are like all other women - damsels or heroines, conservative or liberal, nerdy or ditzy, hippie or punk - and all loved to pieces by our Father in Heaven and by our Savior Jesus Christ. Mormons definitely believe in equality for men and women, and we also believe that men and women have different, complimentary roles in life. Just like two teachers in a high school focus on different subjects while operating at the same level, men and women focus on different subjects in church and in life. Both roles benefit their lives, their families, and their societies as a whole while bringing them closer to their Heavenly Father. Show more Show less