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Hi I'm Allene

I'm a Mormon. I am 55 years young now! Skiing is my job!

About Me

When I was a little girl, I would stand at the window and say "side". I still stand at any window and say "side". I love being outdoors. I love skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, and hiking. If it's outside, I usually love it. I have been married for 35 years to the "smartest man in our house" and every day can't imagine what it would have been like if I had missed out on his life. He is the "penultimate child" in his family so as you can tell he keeps us using our brain power. I am the mom of two very adult sons. My oldest son was a sniper in the United States Marine Corps and went to Iraq and Persian Gulf on four tours. This summer I taught him how to can. We bottled salsa, spaghetti sauce, jams, and beets. My younger son started a skateboarding company and designed skateboards. He passed away this year so I have learned all about the supercharged grief of losing a child.

Why I am a Mormon

My "greatest" grandparents joined with the Mormons and left their plantation (and all their earthly wealth) in Tennessee to come to Nauvoo. They came across the plains to Utah and went on settling missions all over the West. They helped to contribute to my testimony of the gospel by putting me in the right place--at an LDS meetinghouse--so that I could hear and know about Jesus Christ and have a testimony of Him. My conversion--more powerful to me than testimony--really came when I was about seven and read some books that were written for young people about the Book of Mormon. They were factual but written in a story format but how I loved those books. I knew that the things from the Book of Mormon were true. It just spoke to my soul and my soul knew it was true. Then, when I was about 16, I read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover, and I knew it was true. I believe that conversion is a continual process. Every day, every year, every decade, and just every aspect of one's life should be continually moving us forward closer to Jesus Christ and becoming like Him.

How I live my faith

I have one goal. I have had this goal since I was a teenager. It has been to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. Whenever I find that my life has gotten crazy, I come back to that center. Following Jesus Christ requires me to read about his life, read the scriptures, follow what living Prophets say about Him, teach about Him, and it has led me to serve others--family, friends, and even strangers. I love serving others. I think that is the great thing about Jesus Christ. He was always found serving and often it would be in places that many of us would be uncomfortable. I have been helping with the Road Home and we take dinner to three hundred homeless men once a month. I also do lots of family history work. I love finding my ancestors and knowing their lives--the good and the bad. My husband teases me that I care more about my dead family members than some of my living ones! I tell him they never complain! I often take their names to the Temple. We believe that we are a great extended family and that their is a link that needs to be made here on the earth for progression after this life. I believe this is true to my very core.