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Hi I'm Alli

I grew up on the beach in Southern California. I'm serving a mission in Georgia. I'm a convert. I love musicals. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California in a Christian home, though we rarely if ever acted on our faith at all. Basically, my parents always taught me that God loves and rewards people who are kind to one another, and we didn't need any particular ordinances to return to live with Him. But I always knew there was something more, even at a young age. When I was 15, I reluctantly moved away with my family. At my new school, I was quickly drawn to some wonderful new friends, who I found out were members of the Church. I was immediately interested in what made them so happy, but it took me months to go to church with my friends because I knew my parents wouldn't approve. I was right. It took months of keeping the commandments to the best of my ability, prayer and fasting both by me and members of my congregation before my parents gave me permission to be baptized in February of 2015, when I was 17. I don't want to imagine what life would be like without the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am in my first semester in college. I am loving everything the gospel has to offer.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only completely true church on the Earth today. It is the same church that Christ established while he was on the planet. I know that Christ was the Son of God, sent by God to die for the sins of mankind. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and so is our prophet today. I know that we can be with our families forever through Jesus Christ's Atonement. I am far from perfect, but I can work towards perfection through this gospel. I love my Savior, and I love YOU. If you're reading this and you think you might want to know about the restored gospel, do it. Don't wait out of fear like I did. Read the Book of Mormon, attend church, and meet with missionaries. Becoming a member of the Church was the best thing that ever happened to me. I'm not sure what I did to deserve the gospel, but I am sure to thank God every day that I have it in my life.

How I live my faith

Each week, I attend church and partake of the sacrament, which is a reminder of the covenants we make at baptism. It allows all our sins to be forgiven. I have the assignment of teaching lessons to the other women in church, and I do my best to serve well in this position. I am preparing to serve a full-time mission in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. We don't go on missions simply to add more people to the Church to help it grow, but to help others get to know Christ better and help them feel the happiness the gospel brings. I do my best to bring the love of Christ to my home, even though I'm the only member in my family. I try to be like Jesus Christ in all that I do and say. Every day I read the Bible, the Book of Mormon, or both. I will eventually prepare to marry a young man who loves the gospel as much as I do, in one of the church's temples, which we believe to be houses of God. We will raise an eternal family and teach our children to love the Lord. I'm always trying to do my best to live my faith and be an example to others.

What is the Relief Society?

Alli
The Relief Society is an organization that has a chapter in every congregation. Women ages 18 and older are members of the Relief Society. It is the oldest and largest women's organization in the world. It was created by Joseph Smith's wife Emma, and it was very ahead of its time, because it was founded in the 1840s, when women were often discriminated against. It helps strengthen women's faith, marriages and families, and provides relief for the less fortunate. Show more Show less