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Hi I'm Alene

I'm a wife, mother, grandmother and a Mormon missionary.

About Me

Hi, my name is Alene Harrison and I am a Mormon. I am also a wife, the mother of eight grown children and the grandmother of nine granddaughters and four grandsons. I was a stay-at-home mom for the first 25 years we were married and during those years I did secretarial work from home and taught piano lessons to bring in a little extra money, because raising eight children on one income is not easy! When our youngest son was 8, I went back to work full-time and spent 18 very-enjoyable years in the academic environment of our local university. This was also an opportunity for me to finish my barely-begun college degree, so at the age of 60 I earned my B.A. in English. Not surprisingly, I was the oldest graduate in the ceremony that day. I love organizing anything, reading, teaching, editing/proofing other people’s writing, listening to music, playing the piano, walking with my husband, and listening to our children sing.  

Why I am a Mormon

I am the daughter of converts to the Mormon faith. My parents joined the Church in their 30s when I was a little girl. Before that, we had occasionally attended a non-denominational Christian church in the center of the Montana valley where our ranch was located. I can still remember the difference I felt when we began to attend the Mormon church. At the age of six, I didn’t know what to call that feeling, but I could tell I was where I was supposed to be. Now, 62 years later, I have that same feeling each Sunday – and in fact, any time I am engaged in Church activities or service. I love being at church and serving others because the spirit of the Lord fills my heart and assures me that this is what He wants me to do. During our 46-year marriage, my husband and I carefully saved and planned so that when our children were grown, we could dedicate ourselves to sharing the blessings of the Church with as many people as possible. We recently completed 18 months in Ecuador as full-time senior missionaries, and right now we are waiting to hear where the Lord would like us to serve next. The gospel of Jesus Christ has blessed me with great happiness, peace of mind, comfort, guidance, and strength to endure adversity and overcome trials. How could I not want to share those blessings?

How I live my faith

My faith is a 24/7 kind of thing. Because of it, I really do try to "do what Jesus would do" day by day and hour by hour. For example, keeping the Sabbath Day holy was important to Him so it is important to me. On Sundays I do not shop or buy gas or attend sporting events. I attend church and try to keep the entire day on a higher spiritual level than any other day of the week. Jesus taught us to serve, and so I sing in the choir, teach an adult Sunday School class, and visit several ladies in our congregation once a month just to see how they are doing. In April, my husband and I will be leaving our home on the West Coast to serve a second mission for the Church. At this particular point in our lives, we think this is the best way we can live our faith.