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Hi I'm Alane

I am the mother of 5 children and grandmother of 4. We have lived in 5 states. I am a homemaker and a piano teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a small town in California. College was important to me and I went to BYU for a degree in Elementary Education. After graduation I taught 1st grade for a short time until I got married. My husband and I moved several times with different engineering firms and had 5 children along the way. I became a fulltime homemaker and a part time piano teacher. I enjoy taking care of my home and family. I have volunteered in my children's schools, in church and in the community too. Shortly after my last child was born my mother had a devestating stroke and I helped my sister frequently in taking care of her while my little one grew up. My mother lived for 14 more years and we learned a lot about endurance, compassion, elder care and the love of a sweet mother who could only express short thoughts. I enjoy working in the yard, cooking, playing the piano, reading about American History and sewing. I enjoy traveling to visit relatives and to see historic sights. In 2008 my husband and I made a trip to beautiful New Zealand where he had served his mission many years before and we were able to visit some of the people he knew. I have 4 very sweet grandchildren. Our family is scattered across the country now and the highlight of the year is our family reunion each summer.

Why I am a Mormon

The main reason I am a Mormon is that I was born into a family that descended from Mormon Pioneers. I have read of their conversions and trek across the plains and it seems that their convictions have been inbred in me. I have never doubted that the LDS church is God’s true church on the earth today. I have attended church my whole life and the more I study and learn and live by its precepts, the more sure I am that the church contains the whole Gospel and is led by a true prophet. I respect other churches for all the good things that they do and I just hope that if someone I know sees something more that our church offers that they would have a desire to find out more about what we believe from a member of the church.

How I live my faith

I think it is important to study the scriptures and listen to the words of our prophet and church leaders and then live our life accordingly. In every day terms that means keeping the basic 10 Commandments, paying tithing, living the Word of Wisdom and giving service to our family, friends and neighbors. Most often service is time, but sometimes it is commodities or money to help people we may not even know but who need help. For me attending church each week is an important aspect of living my faith. Since our church has an unpaid ministry we all do a little part to make the various programs of the church function. Currently I help lead the young women and I also participate in the music as the assistant organist and choir accompanist. Temple attendance also helps me to be a more devoted member and follower of the Savior.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Alane
Mormon women are much like many other good women. Some are stay at home mothers taking care of their homes and families. Some are married with children and also working. Some are single and working in professions. Some are divorced with children and also working to support their families. Some are widows. Mormon women are trying to live the gospel the best they can in the circumstances they find themselves. By divine nature , the mother is best suited to nurture her children and help them learn and grow in a secure and loving environment. When the husband is able to provide for his family, this allows the mother to do best what she has primary responsibility for. I have always been thankful that I could stay home as my children grew. Babies need so much love and attention and I wanted to be the one to give it. Preschoolers are learning very fast and ask so many questions. I wanted to be there to answer them. School age children and teenagers have much that is happening all of the time and I wanted to be at the crossroads as they were coming and going from our home. I wanted to be the anchor for them to depend on and to provide help with homework and other support in life's situations. Making dinner gave our family a time to gather together each evening and listen to the day's events and just talk. In all of this the husband and wife are equal partners and share in the decision making for all things that affect the couple and their family. Show more Show less