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Hi I'm Allison

I grew up in California & Utah. I love running, cooking, and reading good books. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the bay area of California just outside San Francisco. In high school, I moved to Utah and have loved the beautiful seasons, especially the fall. I love going for a run outside (NO treadmills!), or going to a class at the gym - yoga and spinning are my favorite! This spring will be the 10th year my family will travel to run a 1/2 marathon together. The half is my favorite distance. I want to become a stronger swimmer and compete in my first triathlon this next year. I love cooking and baking and the endless creativity with food. My favorite food is Italian - YUM! I love to read food blogs and picture cookbooks and get inspiration for delicious recipes to make. After I graduated with my undergraduate degree, I decided that since I enjoy food, why not work for a catering company - cooking, serving on-site, and finally in the office with the administrative and event planning side. Being a personal assistant to the owner really opened up my eyes to the rewards and challenges of the fast-paced industry. It was a great experience. I am currently studying for the GMAT and am working toward going back to school for my MBA. I love the learning process and am excited to be a student once again. I love to travel. It was one of my life dreams to travel to the Holy Land and walk where Jesus Chris walked. In 2011, I was able to make the trip a reality. The trip changed my life and my perspective forever.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family, and have been nurtured in my faith in Jesus Christ and God the Father my entire life. My family and friends have had a tremendous influence on my beliefs. I continue to identify myself as a Mormon now that I am an independent adult, because I have read the Book of Mormon in its entirety, knelt in prayer and pleaded for a personal witness of the reality of the doctrine in the book, and have received a personal witness of the truth for myself. It is wonderful because anyone, anywhere can read and get answers for themselves. I love the Bible and have read it cover-to-cover; I also love the Book of Mormon because it adds to the witness that Jesus is the Christ. As I re-read scriptures, different passages stand out to me as they apply to my varying circumstances; they help give me answers and directions in my everyday life. I am a Mormon because I believe that we need both the gospel and the Church. The church is basically the vehicle to help us better live the gospel. As I have studied the Bible, I have learned that the Church of Christ was established by Jesus Christ during this ministry on earth. In Ephesians it says that Christ's Church was "built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets". It is wonderful that Jesus is the head of the restored Gospel and Church, represented by a living prophet, Thomas S. Monson, who holds apostolic authority.

How I live my faith

Spirituality and faith in my life is connected with my interest in spiritual matters - including doctrine, prayer, scripture and LDS Church Magazine study, and listening to impressions I get from the Holy Ghost. I'm not perfect at my routine for scripture study and prayer, but when I have regular and meaningful prayer each morning and night, and when I spend time in the scriptures each day, I have found my faith is stronger and I am better able to recognize the hand of the Lord in my everyday life. About a year ago, one of the Apostles encouraged individuals to keep a journal recording how the Lord has shown his hand in your everyday life. I have been keeping a journal of this type - and at the close of each day, as I think about my experience, I have been better able to recognize Christ's influence in my life. It has been a great experience for me to recognize the simple everyday events can bear testimony and the love that Christ has for me. The biggest way I live my faith is through my belief in Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and the Savior of the world. As I have progressed in my testimony, I have better learned that I need to continually work to develop an active acceptance of Christ's ability and power to cleanse and save me personally through the atonement, not just have a passive belief in his identity as the Christ. It is a faith in both Christ's identity and message. I try to continually learn about the atonement and how to apply it into my life. There is so much that can be learned from the Holy Scriptures and Latter-day Prophets and Apostles. One great opportunity I have is to attend a LDS (Mormon) congregation each Sunday (All are invited to attend - member and non-member!) and partake of the sacrament. I have learned that the process is continuous pattern and that I can be forgiven daily in my life.