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Hi I'm Alison

I'm an online student, I love to read and I'm a baking addict. I'm a wife and mother to five fabulous kids. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the water swimming, playing water polo, lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons. Now that I'm grown I continue to find joy in the pool! I teach water aerobics and swim laps a few times a week. I've been married for almost 17 years and have five beautiful children. I love, love, love to read. I used to really love to write and have always dreamed of becoming a published author but I'm just not sure if I have it in me anymore. I love to bake all sorts of gooey and chocolatey desserts and then go exercise and play tennis or volleyball or any sport to burn off the calories!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon and have learned not to take my religion for granted. I went through a period, as a teenager, where I was a little ashamed of my membership in this church because I was teased by my friends about certain beliefs we have. I never questioned the tenets of the Mormon faith... I just didn't want to be unpopular or seem uncool to my peers. After high school, I finally had a real desire to know for sure if everything I was taught as a child is true and I learned for myself that it is. From that point on, I have not faltered from trying my best to live and keep God's laws and commandments and to follow the example of our Savior. It's not easy at times, but I know without a doubt that the Mormon church is Christ's original gospel restored to the earth today.

How I live my faith

I teach the adult Sunday School class called Gospel Doctrine. I never thought I would feel confident or knowledgeable enough to teach adults but I know that when the Lord extends a calling to an individual that He will support and sustain them with His spirit and He has truly helped me stand up to the task. Not only that... I have found that I truly love it! I visit three sisters a month to share a spiritual message or give them a phone call to ask how they're doing or drop a treat by to let them know I'm thinking of them. Through this program of Visiting Teaching, I have become friends with women that I never would have initiated on my own. Helps me keep an open mind about people and to look outside myself and my own busy little world and try to be more aware of the needs of those around me. I love having friends of other faiths and backgrounds and learning about life through their unique eyes. I like to discuss religious beliefs and respect the views of others and expect the same courtesy.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Alison
I believe in the absolute power of God's grace. However, I know that we cannot rely solely on the mercy of God to save us. There is personal accountability in the choices we make in this life. A few days before the Savior was crucified he shared with His disciples the parable of the ten virgins, the talents, and the sheep and the goats. The messages of these parables were, in short, personal preparation and testimony, improving and developing ourselves, and serving others. I believe these parables, among other scriptures, are evidence to the fact that the Savior expects us to live a life as free of sin as possible and with desires to do His will and His work on the earth to glorify His name. I believe he expects us to love one another with as much charity as we can and to help people in need. If we do these things and also repent of our sins with complete reliance and faith in Him and his atoning sacrifice then it will be enough and His grace will make up for where we are still lacking. Show more Show less