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Hi I'm Alison

I'm a Mormon. I live in England.I am married with 6 children and love my family!

About Me

I am a left handed, vegetarian, English Mormon! I am married to a primary school headteacher and we have 6 lovely children. Our 2 daughters are both married with a young family whilst our 4 boys keep me busy at home as a mum. I also work 2 days a week as a teaching assistant. I love baking. I am trying to learn the piano and am awful at learning Italian but love the country so much I will not give up...yet.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon but when I was a teenager I found out for myself that the gospel is wonderful and living it makes me really happy! I love the fact that everyone can have a personal relationship with Christ. I love that we have a prophet who gives us guidance and direction from Heavenly Father. I love that all the teachings and doctrines that we are taught are always left for us to accept and find out for ourselves if the principle is from God. I love the fact that the church is the same wherever you go in the world. When we are on holiday we have been to the Mormon church in Italy,France, Hungary and America and the doctrine is always the same. It all makes such perfect sense and is actively asked to be put to the test so that each person can know for themselves that a principle is truely from God. Everything that makes me happy in my life is made more sweet by being a member of the Mormon church.

How I live my faith

We have a family prayer and read a page from the scriptures each morning before we leave home each day and pray before the first child goes to bed each night. We spend Monday nights as a family playing together, chatting, singing and eating treats and talking about gospel teachings. It's a real favourite for all of us. My responsibility in the church is as Family History Centre Director. I work with the family history consultants who work in the centre dealing with the public and members of our church researching their family tree.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Alison
Attending Church is for sunday worship and any other regular activity that might be organised in the church building. ie. A midweek activity for youth or adults. The temple is a place that is even more sacred. It is for particular ordinances and isn't even open on a Sunday! When we attend the temple we need to be living an expected code of conduct whilst there are no requirements for church attendance. All are welcome. The temple is also for all. The hope is that everyone will want the great blessings which come from going to the temple.It is a place where sacred covenants are made and we leave our troubles outside - we speak in a whisper and wear white clothing as a symbol of purity and equality. The promises made in the temple are like a continuation of those made at baptism - Further covenants to keep our lives in harmony with God by keeping His commandments. Members of the Church need to be baptised for 1 year before coming to make further promises in the temple. This makes perfect sense as it helps get our lives ready to make and keep these further promises. The temple is a blessing to me, giving me strength, power and teachings that help in my everyday life. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Alison
Firstly they both have the role to put each other first. To love each other and show kindness, respect and compassion to each other. They are equal partners helping to make life sweet for each other. Husbands are primarily the providers whilst mothers primarily are nurturers in the home. However both work together to make decisions, teach and help their family become united, full of love and be outward reaching into the community around them. Although each family is different and sometimes individual adaptation is required these are the fundamental basics. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Alison
The pure wonder and beauty of everything that is not man made! The creations are so diverse and so complex. The more that is learnt about natural things the more it seems impossible that they could have some how just evolved in this perfect way! I know there is a God because of the happiness that seems to be naturally linked to all the things that money can't buy. I know it from the good feelings that always come when you do something kind and caring and actually serve someone. I know there is a God because of the feelings that come to me confirming that something is correct or true as I learn a principle which is from God and I test it out for myself. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Alison
Mormons are Christians!! Definitely!! The name of the Church is "The Church of Jesus Christ". We worship Jesus, taking on his name at baptism. We ask ourselves "What would Jesus Do?" and we try to model our life so that we act in the loving and serving way that he did on the earth. Christ is absolutely central to our beliefs. We believe that when He died He took on the sins of everyone and through our acceptance of him and baptism into His Church and continued repentance and turning to Christ by our actions we will live with Him in heaven. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Alison
 Yes. We read the King James Version. I read it, study it and try to memorize some verses too. Even small children in the church have their own copies and everyone reads the Bible along with the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less