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Hi I'm Allison

I grew up in Southern California and love to go to the movies. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for twenty years and have four wonderful children. Before raising a family, I did not realize how much fun and personal fulfillment I would experience by having kids. They are wonderful! Since I enjoy kids so much, I am also a full-time middle school teacher in my community. I love working with young teenagers and helping them to develop a sense of purpose and greater self-esteem. My husband and I love family time, travel, sports, and going to the movies.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel very privileged to share why I am a Mormon. While growing up, my parents were not active members of the church but my grandmother was. Fortunately, she lived close by and loved taking her grandchildren to church. When I was about 14 years old, I was confronted with worldly influences through other teenage friends at school and through the music, movies, and media of the era in which I grew up. I saw many friends around me make very unfortunate choices which included experimentation with drugs, alcohol, and sexual relationships prior to marriage. While witnessing this, the lessons I had learned in church along with the influence of my grandmother weighed heavily upon my mind as I tried to make sense of the kinds of decisions I should make for myself. I could either take the path which included worldly friends and influences or embrace the church and its teachings and let those influences guide my decision-making. I picked up the Book of Mormon and began avidly reading, pondering, and praying about this book of scripture. I read a promise that is found near the end of the book which states “And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.” Well, I really wanted to know if the Book of Mormon was true. I read that book from cover to cover, prayed earnestly about it, and as I did I was touched by the spirit of that book and the mission of the prophet Joseph Smith and all that he experienced and accomplished at such a young age and in such a short time. My heart was touched in such a way that I knew that the book must be true.

How I live my faith

 I am currently attending a Chinese speaking branch of the church. This branch was begun about a year ago to service Chinese speaking members of the church in Orange County. I help friendship visitors to the branch and I help teach lessons to those wanting to learn more about the church. In the Chinese branch, we hold many fun activities for members and visitors. I am so glad that Chinese speaking people have the opportunity to attend this branch and learn more about the teachings of Jesus Christ in Chinese. I am also very involved in my community as I support my children and their activities. I have held positions in PTA, School Site Council, and volunteered in the various sports and music organizations my children have been a part of. I also teach 7th/8th grade English full-time at a local middle school. Community involvement and being a positive influence in the lives of others is very important to me.

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

Mormons believe that life is eternal. When we pass away, our spirit separates from our mortal body and goes to a "spirit world" where we continue to work and progress. At some point, we will all be resurrected and our body and spirit will be reunited. As we live the commandments and strive to do all we can to help others, we will be qualified to live with our faithful family members and our Heavenly Father forever. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

 I attribute the growth of the church to its simplicity and its emphasis on the importance of family. The support parents receive from the church in raising their children can not be overstated. The youth programs including the Young Men and Young Women Organizations, the support of Boy Scouts of America for the male youth, and the strict moral conduct code of the church is good and helpful and frankly refreshing in a world where good old fashioned family values are not highly supported.  Show more Show less

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

Mormon women are some of the most amazing women you will ever know. Mormon women commit themselves to family, service, and community support.They work harder and longer than many others in the community because they typically raise large families, hold high expectations for their children, and take on significant church assignments and responsibilities. Mormon women are held in high esteem in the church. They really are the backbone of the church as they go about raising families and fulfilling very important functions within the church. Their influence in the progress of the Mormon church can not be overstated. Show more Show less