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Hi I'm Alison

I'm a wife, mother, a writer for children, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a forty-something wife and mom. My oldest child is away from home, serving as a missionary for our church. My younger two are still in school, which means I spend a good chunk of my time volunteering in schools and running my kids here and there. I'm also a children's writer who loves to read, knit, sew, cook, and learn new things.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon home and it was a wonderful way to grow up, surrounded by family and full of the hope of being together in the eternities. But even those who are born in the Church need to find out for themselves why they're there. I was about nineteen and away from home when I realized I needed to know for sure. I began to read the Book of Mormon. It wasn't the first time I'd read it, but it was the first time I'd read it with the intent to find out. Its words filled me with a great love for my Savior, Jesus Christ. I wanted to serve Him, no matter what that meant or where it would lead me. So I knelt to pray, wanting to know if the Book of Mormon was true. The answer that came into my mind was, "you already know." And I realized I did know. The warmth, light and peace I'd felt while reading the book had been the Holy Spirit telling me it was true, answering my question before I even asked. The Book of Mormon, then, is the key to why I remain a Mormon. When I read it, I'm happy. It brings me closer to Jesus Christ. That same light and peace fill my life with each reading. And so, I try to read it often.

How I live my faith

One of the great things about the Mormon church is that eveyone participates in the running of it. There is no paid clergy. The members are the leaders and the teachers as well as the participants. And that stretches you in ways you didn't know you needed to be stretched. By nature, I'm more of an idea person than an organizer, but I've been in positions where I've helped organize gatherings for 300 to 400 women--something I wouldn't have thought possible for me. When the Lord is on your side, you can do amazing things. Things you never would have guessed you could do.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

One of the basic tenets of Mormonism is free will, the ability to choose. We would die to defend our right--and yours--to choose. That's why the word "required" doesn't fit into our beliefs. Young men are expected to go on missions, certainly. But there is no requiring, no forcing (and if there is, something's not right). Show more Show less