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Hi I'm Alanna

I'm a mom of four boys. I grew up in Canada. I like blogging, sewing & music. I also love physics. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Canada, the oldest of six girls. My sisters are definitely my best friends! In college, I studied mechanical engineering and I met my wonderful husband Dustin, a mathematics major. We've always been a "nerdy" couple, I guess. But it's fun to be a nerd with someone else. We had our first little boy eight months before I graduated. Those eight months took some pretty fancy maneuvering of schedules and campus hand offs between the two of us. But I couldn't wait to be a mom and there was no way I would drop out of college, so I pushed through. Now, we have four little boys from age one to eight and life isn't any less crazy, nor does it look to be soon. But the truth is I love it! My boys are my life. I get in a run occasionally and I try to quilt every now and then. But mostly I play with them, feed them, clean up a lot of messes and try to teach them some values. In return they give me so many laughs, some good snuggles, and my one-year-old gives me the BEST smile ever. When they go to sleep and the house is cleaned up, my favorite pastime is to blog about them. And then I go to bed and crash! It's a very good life.

Why I am a Mormon

I started being a Mormon because my mom and dad are Mormons. But now as an adult, there are so many more reasons I believe. The most compelling to me is simply that I know that the gospel makes me happy when I live it. I have made choices that contradict the teachings of Christ and they have NOT ONCE made me happier. They have only brought frustration and that awful empty feeling inside... until I turn back to the path I know. Following Christ always brings me peace. I have had hard times still, but always peace. Actually, when hard times have come and I have turned to Him, I've seen the greatest miracles of my life. Family and friends come to the rescue. Strange coincidences happen that show He's watching over you. And I'll say it again... there's an overwhelming peace He blesses you with, even when you know you should feel great sadness. I want my boys to know where they can turn for peace. That's why I'm a Mormon. The Book of Mormon is another reason I believe. I wasn't with Joseph Smith when he had his vision and I didn't see the angel that gave him gold plates to translate. But the book he translated...I can hold in my hands. I have read it many times. If I wanted to leave this church I'd have to somehow convince myself that the Book of Mormon is not the word of God and I cannot do that. It is inconceivable to me that any man made that book up, let alone an uneducated person as Joseph Smith was. It, along with the Bible, IS God's word. Its teachings have blessed my life and given me proper perspective. I know the Book of Mormon is true and because I know that, I also know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and he restored Christ's original church. The gospel taught in this church is the same gospel that Christ would teach if He were here. And I want to be a part of that.

How I live my faith

On Sundays, I go to church and take the sacrament. It reminds me of the promises I made at baptism to follow Christ and I renew my commitment to do that. I teach the four and five old children in Sunday School. I love getting to let those little children know about their Heavenly Father's love for them. The rest of the week, I try to read the scriptures and the words of our modern day prophets both alone and with my family. I also pray a lot--before meals, before bed, when I'm stuck in traffic and feeling frustrated, or when I don't know what to do with a child who's struggling. I rely heavily on prayer to get me through each day. It's my lifeline. I'm also grateful for the opportunity the church gives me to serve others. I'm far from perfect in this and feel I've been given so much more than I've received, but it is so fulfilling to try and ease someone's burden. I have made so many wonderful friends as we've helped each other.

What is the Relief Society?

Alanna
The Relief Society is the church's organization for adult women. It includes a Sunday meeting where women come together and study the doctrines of the gospel. It also includes a program called visiting teaching, where women visit each other monthly, to share a gospel message and ensure that each women is okay and has help they need. There are also other meetings periodically that vary in purpose. Many are to provide service. Other meetings help women learn skills to help them learn the gospel or help them with their homes and families. On a more personal note, I LOVE Relief Society!!! It is a fantastic organization! It is my family when I'm far away from home. It has remarkable women in it who love each other so much. Show more Show less