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Hi I'm Allanna

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an avid reader. I spend too much time on the internet. I have a house that could always use more cleaning. I like to sing. I enjoy spending time with my family. I love my kids and husband. I graduated from college. I volunteer in my children's classroom(s). I love to laugh. I enjoy baking (and eating sweets). I try to eat my vegetables. I often quote movies.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. I know He lives. I know that He loves us. He was willing to suffer for the sins of every person and to die for us ... because He knows that we are worth it. And that doing so was the only way for us to be able to return to our Heavenly Father. I testify that Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of our Heavenly Father. I believe that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, called in our time, like the prophets of the Old and New Testaments. I know that he translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God. I know that we have a living prophet today. I am so grateful for continuing revelation. I'm grateful that we also are blessed with personal revelation which is given to us as we study the scriptures and humbly pray in faith. In my life, the Gospel of Jesus Christ has influenced my life and my decisions. I really don't know where I'd be or what I'd be like without it. ... And, truly, I don't want to know. The choices that I've made as I have followed the commandments of the Lord and the guidance of his holy prophets have brought me peace and joy in my life. I am so very grateful to be sealed to my husband for time and all eternity. I'm glad that I will always have the family relationships that I currently enjoy. I would be so distraught if death ended these familial bonds. And, if I were not a member of this Church, they would end at death. I love my family too much to ever let them be lost to me like that. I testify that keeping the commandments has brought me protection and joy. I am grateful that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us and desires us to have joy in our lives. I know the Church is true.

How I live my faith

My current calling in my ward (congregation) is teaching the Sunday School class for the 12- and 13-year-old students in my ward. I prepare a lesson each week for us to discuss. It's a challenge to create and present a lesson that invites the Holy Spirit while attempting to meet the needs of around ten or so very different individuals. I love my students, though, so that helps a lot. I am grateful for the opportunity to get to know and love these future missionaries/parents/leaders. My lesson manual that I get to teach from ("Come, Follow Me") focuses on encouraging students (and teachers) to learn the doctrines of the gospel of Christ for themselves and to apply it in our lives. My goal in teaching this material is to help foster a love of Jesus Christ and His doctrine, and to help my students learn HOW to find answers to their own questions about the gospel and to develop and strengthen a testimony of Jesus Christ and His gospel. I also have the opportunity to visit a few ladies in our ward each month. I try to visit them in person or at least chat with them over the phone each month. At the very least, I make sure to let them know, via email and/or Facebook that I am thinking about them. I try to help them when and how I can, or to find someone who can when I'm unable to.   I try to be a good example to those around me. I do my best to reach out to others so they will know that, no matter who they are, they are loved and valued. And that Jesus Christ and their Heavenly Father love them very, very much, too.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Allanna
We dress nicely for church. Button-up shirts, ties, and slacks or suits for the men. Women wear dresses or skirts. (It's your choice if you want to wear tights with them.) We come to church to worship the Lord. We want to dress so as to show respect for Him. If you don't have a dress or slacks, do still come! No one is going to kick you out or anything. (And if they give you a hard time ... well, try to love them anyways. They're probably having a really bad day. Poor dear.) We celebrate Easter and Christmas (we even have special musical numbers at church). We also celebrate Mother's and Father's Day, Valentine's Day, Halloween, New Year's Eve, Thanksgiving ... and most cultural holidays (like Independence Day in the United States). (My favorite holiday is Christmas. I love the carols and the whole "Peace on earth, Good will to men" bit. I wish it could last all year. ^_^) A lot of wards also have a special event on Pioneer Day (July 24), which commemorates the arrival of the Mormon pioneers, led by Brigham Young, into the Salt Lake Valley. Show more Show less