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Hi I'm Allie

I'm a grad student, a teacher, a writer... and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My home is split between Kansas (where I grew up), Texas (where I served a religious mission for 18 months), and Utah (where I was born and currently live). I am the oldest of seven kids, and can honestly say that even if I had picked them myself, I couldn't have chosen a more entertaining, intelligent, unique, and amazing group of people to be my family. I love to learn; that probably explains my initial career interest in journalism. As a writer, you can become an "expert" in anything, simply by talking to the right people and sharing the knowledge they impart. More importantly, as a writer you come to realize that every person you meet has a significant story to tell, if you're only willing to listen. Learning Spanish solidified that realization. It became the catalyst in my desire to pursue a graduate degree in world languages and become a teacher. Language becomes invaluable in learning from and making connections with others. Enabling students to make those kinds of connections has become my ultimate career goal.

Why I am a Mormon

Based on my love for learning, it's probably no surprise that my personal faith is founded in my personal study. Without hesitation, I invite anyone who questions the doctrines taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to sincerely study the source of those doctrines-- the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the revelations of modern-day prophets of God. The more you study, the more concretely you will arrive at the conclusion that I have come to: this just makes perfect sense. God is our Heavenly Father. He is perfect, in his wisdom, knowledge, and love for us. He is not the author of confusion, but the author of truth, clarity, and understanding. He has given us the tools we need to gain a relationship with Him, learn His plan for us, and ultimately, return to live with Him again after this life. Prayer and His revealed words are those tools.

How I live my faith

When I was baptized, I made a promise to God to take Christ's name upon me and stand as His witness at all times, in all things, and in all places. I strive to keep that promise every day, in small and simple ways. I try to love those around me as Christ would love them. I also have the blessing of serving in a congregation of young single adults where I live. I am the president of our Relief Society, the organization for women in the Church. I work with the other women to teach lessons on Sundays, organize service projects, hold activities, etc. It is the most rewarding experience to serve with women who are also striving to become like the Savior.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

God's power is sacred; throughout time, He has given worthy men on earth the authority to use that power in His behalf. This authority is called the Priesthood. It only makes sense that God would give the authority to use this sacred power to His servants who have been prepared to use it properly. Similarly, it makes sense that anything necessary for our salvation, such as baptism, would need to be performed by someone with this authority, if it is to be valid in the eyes of God. Jesus Christ gave us a perfect example through His own baptism. Jesus did not go to just anyone to be baptized. We read in Matthew 3 that Jesus traveled from Galilee to Jordan, so that he could be baptized by John. John the baptist had been given this authority to act in the name of God. If Christ himself thought it important to be baptized by someone with the Priesthood, it would definitely be important for us as well. After the death of Christ's apostles, the Priesthood authority was lost with them. However, because this authority is necessary for His children, God restored the authority to the Prophet Joseph Smith. In fact, John the Baptist himself appeared to Joseph and through the laying on of hands, gave Him the authority to baptize. It is an incredible blessing to know that we can be baptized by the same authority used to perform Christ's baptism. Show more Show less