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Hi I'm Alison

I am from England--the Isle of Wight. I am recently retired from Brigham Young University. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After a lifetime of loving to read and thinking about how things could be reworded to their advantage, I become an editor at Brigham Young University, and expanded that to writing and different aspects of publishing. Before that I worked in England, France, and Germany in administration. Having traveled widely, I was happy to settle down in an area surrounded by ever-changing mountains and lakes. I speak fluent French and German and took the opportunity to study Hebrew at BYU. As a wild excursion, I got a black belt in karate! Having taken early retirement, I now edit, write, and do text layout on a freelance basis.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family with both Jewish and Christian background. My siblings and I attended a Church of England school and so naturally went to Church of England services, having all been christened. The Jewish background intrigued me--eventually I studied Hebrew-but I didn't count myself particularly religious. After a fairly dramatic sea change--I was never one for making leaps of faith in my personal and work life--I ended up working for a Mormon, first in England and then in Germany. And it was in Germany that I started investigating my boss's religion. It didn't take long for the missionaries to come and talk to me. My boss and his wife were away attending the birth of a grandchild and I was looking after their other children. The sister missionaries sat me down and with a film strip started the discussions in the old format. I think I knew immediately that what they were saying was true. I didn't want them to stop, and I think we went through most of the discussions that night. Shortly after, we moved the business from England to Germany, and I felt that being removed from friend and family, I was able to start investigating the Church in earnest. I was taught by wonderful ward missionaries and after a few months (having thought that I was one of those eternal investigators), I, like Lamoni's father, finally realized I would "give away all my sins" to know God. And uttered my first personal prayer since those very early days in Sunday School. I was baptized right after Christmas that year when I had had a chance to tell my family on a visit home. I have blessed the time and the people who brought me into the Church ever since.

How I live my faith

My calling in the Church is a specific responsibility to help the women. I meet often with the women who lead the women's organization in their ward, mostly to help, but also to instruct. The program we follow is the same throughout the Church. it has to do with helping the women of the Church increase faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and seek out and help those in need. On an individual basis, I with a companion, visit 3 families in the ward on a regular basis. We talk about the gospel, their families, and see if there are any ways we can help them. I am fortunate to have a temple very close by, so I both attend temple sessions and work there.