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Hi I'm Allison

I'm a teacher and missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just completed a 4 year degree studying Elementary Education. I had the incredible opportunity to teach 29 4th graders for my senior year in an internship. Recently I just got back from New Zealand as part of a study abroad. Not only was I able to teach, I bungee jumped, skydived, ran on beautiful trials and near lakes, and laid out on the beach enjoying the sun. After coming home I have enjoyed the sun, hiking, running, teaching, and making new friends. Right now, I am preparing to leave on a 18 month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Part of that preparation includes spending precious time with my family, whether it is visiting other places in Washington, or watching movies and laughing together. For those months I will serve in San Bernardino, CA teaching in the English language. Originally I am from Riverside, CA, so I am going to be serving very close to home. I'm excited to learn and grow from this experience of sharing the gospel that I love so much.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was born a Latter-Day Saint, I too had to grow my own testimony and become truly converted to the gospel. I remember when I was ten years old and after watching the prophet speak to the whole church, my parents encouraged me to rise to the challenge to read The Book of Mormon before the end of the year. It was October, so I only had two months left. Grudgingly I started, but once I put my heart and mind into the book I realized that all the words were true. I felt a spirit of peace that I had not previously felt with any other book. Halfway through, in the book of Alma, I knew for myself that The Book of Mormon and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was true. Since that time I have continued to search The Book of Mormon along with the other books from the Bible and Doctrine and Covenants (latter-day revelation); the spirit I feel is the same-one of peace and comfort. I know the Church is true. I am so thankful for a latter-day prophet that leads our Church today and gives us challenges to read The Book of Mormon so that we can gain our own testimonies. I know Heavenly Father loves me and all His children. His hand is evident in all the world and with all His children. My testimony is mine own and I treasure it very much.

How I live my faith

I participate in my local ward by working with the fellow women in our meetings and by calling to make sure that all the girls in our ward are being visited and feeling included in the ward. It is so important that each member of the ward feels that they have a contribution to make and have a friend. One experience I had from working with the women in the ward was meeting a wonderful girl who was my companion for visiting teaching. She was having a hard time understanding what her place was in the ward and what Heavenly Father expected of her, and after we had time to get to know each other she started to feel better about herself and her testimony started to grow. Though she didn't know it, I too was positively influenced by her friendship-she helped me see that I could live my faith and help others feel the love that their Heavenly Father has for them. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to be a teacher, leader, and servant in the Lord's church and for the people I have met and been inspired by.