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Hi I'm Allie

I grew up outside of Boston. I'm a law student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm from the Boston area but am currently attending law school out west. I completed my undergrad in History. I served an LDS mission to Oakland, CA. I'm happily married to Riley. I have three younger sisters, one in college and two still in high school. I've held a number of different jobs including being a student campaign party planner, history research assistant, educator at a yoga retail store, a teaching assistant, an editor, an ice cream scooper, a dockhand, and a gardener. I love to be outside! Water skiing, hiking, biking, swimming, golf, snow skiing, etc. My family members are my best friends and I feel so lucky to have them in my life. We spend every summer all together. The biggest part of who I am centers around the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

First of all... I LOVE being a Mormon. I'm all about improving and refining myself and that's what life is all about; reaching your full potential. I believe that every experience we're given is a gift: the good and the bad. From each challenge, trial, mistake, or great day we can choose to learn something. Life is what you make of it. Being a member of the LDS Church enables me to understand who I really am, and how I can become that person that my Heavenly Father wants me to become. So many people talk about how "restrictive" being a member of the Church is but they're looking at it all wrong! It's truly liberating! We choose our actions but we can't choose our consequences. Living a clean, moral, Christ-centered life leads to true happiness. That's not to say that I won't continue to have trials or make mistakes, I will and I must in order to progress, but I have a clear perspective about WHY I'm having that experience; it's for my eternal good if I choose to be better, not bitter. Jesus Christ lived a perfect life. When He was here on the earth He definitely did not have it easy but He never judged, He loved everyone, He always forgave, He had incredible faith, and He was obedient every step of the way. I'm sure it wasn't easy, but He loved us enough to accomplish His earthly tasks so that we would one day be able to return and live with Him and Heavenly Father. I am grateful every day for the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I can't believe how patient He is with me, He never gives up on us! I know that relying on Jesus Christ has changed my whole life. I am optimistic and sure of the future because I'm putting my trust in Him. President Monson encourages us to have "joy in the journey." That really is what it's all about. Enjoying the ride and doing the best we can.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being the best that I can each day. I try to follow the example of the Savior but I don't sweat the small stuff (or try not too....!). I know that I can't be perfect, and that's OK with me. Before I left on my mission I would serve the congregations I was a part of by teaching a class about the gospel. Going on a mission was a huge leap of faith but I have already seen SO many blessings because of it. When we make covenants, or promises, with the Lord, more is expected out of us, and in turn, we tend to reach higher and increase our commitment to be better. As I have grown in faith, I have also more fully recognized my potential. It's just a part of who I am now. It wasn't always... I did have to work on it. One of my favorite quotations is by Elder Neil L. Andersen (one of the 12 Apostles): "Faith is not a feeling, it is a decision." We decide to have faith. One of my other favorite quotations is by C. S. Lewis: "I believe in Christianity as I believe the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it, I see everything else." It's true... Through my decision to have faith in Jesus Christ, I see my life, my decisions, and my trials as experiences that are meant to strengthen me and help me become who my Father in Heaven wants me to be.