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Hi I'm Alison

I adore my husband. I am a full time mom of four children through adoption and fertility treatment. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to read, to myself and to others. I enjoy sewing. I hate to vacuum. I taught Family and Consumer Science four years before I retired to be a full time mom of four. I like researching family history, although there is little time to do it right now. I am better able to do FamilySearch Indexing, still helping with geneology, but not requiring as much focus. I like to camp, hike, canoe. I am just starting to road bike with my husband. I have been to Jerusalem to study about the life of Jesus Christ, learn about the Jewish history and beliefs, and study Arabic history and Islamic beliefs. I speak French and spent 1 1/2 years proselyting in Belgium, France and Luxembourg.

Why I am a Mormon

I gained a testimony of this church as a young child (probably around age 8 or 9). I was challenged by a church teacher to read the Book of Mormon and pray, as it challenges at the end of the book " . . . 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. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." Moroni 10:3-5 And so that night, I got on my knees and prayed with faith that I would be able to receive an answer. After I prayed, I knelt quietly and waited. As I waited, I felt a calm within me . . . a strong peaceful feeling that indeed the Book of Mormon is true. As I continue to read it each day, and cross reference it to the Bible, I continue to receive a strength from the word of God. I continue to receive those feelings from the Holy Ghost witnessing to the truths that I am studying and living. My experiences in Jerusalem further witnessed to the divinity of Jesus Christ. My faith was my husband and I desired but struggled to have children of our own. Again, the Spirit guided our paths. We had witnesses from the Spirit in the paths we followed to find our children- two through adoption and two through fertility treatment. There have been miracles along the way to bringing each child into our family. Knowing that through covenants we made in the temple, we can be a forever family. This adds to the strength of our bonds. Each member of our family is an important part and we are supposed to be together. We are not without challenges. I feel the challenges daily, hourly. Thankfully, I feel the strength of my faith buoying me up. I feel more grateful for these struggles of parenthood I worked so hard to earn. I know God is aware of me and my struggles. And this strengthens me.

How I live my faith

I pray and pray and pray, not just because it is required of my faith, but because it helps me so greatly. I pray when I wake, before bed, at meal times. I pray when driving, when chopping veggies, when I am angry at my own or another's mistakes. I pray to thank God for beauties and blessings. I pray to ask for help. I pray for comfort. And as I pray, I feel comfort. I feel guidance. I feel the Holy Ghost. I get answers to prayers. The answer for "where are my keys" is "go switch the laundry to the dryer" and there they are on the counter. When I plead for years "I want to be a mother now but I am dealing with infertility instead" the answer came "I love you even when you don't feel I do." I keep the commandments. I study the scriptures. I attend church. I serve my family and others in need.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Alison
Family relationships can last forever—not just for this life. This gives me great comfort as I work daily to strengthen our family bonds. Jesus Christ gave power to His disciples to seal families together forever when He said, “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19). Death does not need to be the end of our relationships with cherished loved ones. The Lord revealed to Joseph Smith that the “same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there [in eternity], only it will be coupled with eternal glory” (Doctrine and Covenants 130:2). Family members who accept the Atonement of Jesus Christ and follow His example can be together forever through sacred ordinances performed in God’s holy temples. These ordinances seal a husband and wife together for all eternity and children to their parents as an eternal family. (See: “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”) After adopting my children, we were able to go to the temple with them to be sealed together for eternity. They have become a real part of our family through this process. It gives me a clear perspective of where we are aiming to go. It gives me more focus, a reason to put so much work into strengthening our family and living right. Doing these things will allow us to again be with our loved ones who have died. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Alison
The Holy Ghost can bless your life in many ways. Christ promised His Apostles that the Holy Ghost would “teach you all things” (John 14:26) and “guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). He also said that the Holy Ghost “shall testify of me” (John 15:26). Likewise, the Holy Ghost can help you, as it has helped me. You may have already felt His influence at times in your life. That influence includes “love, joy, [and] peace” (Galatians 5:22).] Almost everyone has felt the Holy Ghost at some time. But there is a difference between experiencing the occasional influence of the Holy Ghost and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. Although the Holy Ghost may temporarily comfort someone or reveal truth to them, the gift of the Holy Ghost is reserved for those who have been baptized and confirmed into Christ’s Church. This gift is the privilege of enjoying the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost conditional upon keeping the commandments. As you read more on this website, you may feel of the Holy Ghost prompting you to do good things. Listen to those promptings and do the things necessary to have it as your constant companion. It will bless your life as it has mine. Show more Show less