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Hi I'm Ally

I grew up in Las Vegas. I am the youngest of five girls. My Dad looks like Superman. And I love the rain. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love developing new talents. I am trying to learn to play the piano, paint, sew, speak spanish, and cook. I love volleyball, and I often find myself day dreaming of playing in heaven on some sort of celestial team. I love to blog. I feel like I was born to be a clothing designer, but I can't draw or sew, so it remains a mystery. Perhaps someday I'll find out. I love sharing the gospel and am serving a mission in Houston, Texas until the end of 2011. I am anxious to be a wife and a mother, and I catch myself jotting down notes of what my future kids' names could be or what activities we might do together. I dream of the day when I can run a mile in 8 minutes. I am so excited for all the future holds, yet I am enjoying the journey now, and it is surely because of the knowlege I have been blessed with about the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe in Jesus Christ. I am able to access His atonement through the tools in His restored church. I am a Mormon because I like to have good clean fun. I have found real joy when I have followed the principles in this church. I am a Mormon because I can feel the spirit of love, joy, and peace in every Mormon church I enter- Spain, Taiwan, Texas, or Vegas. I have a home no matter where I go. My belief in Jesus Christ defines who I am. By following His living prophet, I made it through high school with fond memories and no regrets. I am a Mormon because I love the Book of Mormon. It has brought me closer to my Savior than any other book. I have found this to be true- that if you want to talk to God, pray; if you want an answer, read the Book of Mormon. I have found guidance, peace, and inspiration through reading the words in the scriptures and reading the words of prophets that live today. I am a Mormon because I believe in enduring to the end. I made the choice to come to this earth when we lived with God before, and I am a Mormon because The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contains everything we need to make it back to Him- full access to the grace of Jesus Christ. Through the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, familes can be together forever. All that and more is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

That's what I love about this church! There are countless ways to live your faith. In the past, I have taught Sunday school classes and organized service projects in the communities where I've lived. I love attending the temple and performing ordinances in behalf of those who never had the chance to receive them. Right now, I live my faith by being a full-time missionary as I strive to be a worthy representative of Jesus Christ. In my daily life, I just try to follow the standards set by living prophets and remember what matters most. I am grateful for the perspective I have been blessed to understand- that because of the atonement of Jesus Christ, our good works count for something and infact allow us to apply His love and mercy. Families are the most important social unit in time and all eternity to our Father in Heaven, and so by spending time with and serving my family, I live my faith.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Ally
Serving a mission in Texas has allowed me many opportunities to understand others' beliefs about grace and to gain my own understanding of the true doctrine of grace. As I have knocked on strangers doors, many times I have discovered that those not of my faith largely misunderstand what we believe about grace. One particular man was very genuine and expressed deep concern about our belief about works and grace. He said that from what he understood, we had to do something to complete the Savior's grace or we had to go half way and then grace could take us the rest of the way. I want anyone who thinks that we believe the grace of the Savior is somehow incomplete to know that we do not believe that. We know that the atonement of Jesus Christ was absolute, perfect, complete, whole, all-encompassing, and entirely able to save every human soul that has ever come to this earth or who will ever come to it. Because of the Savior's atonement and resurrection, every single one of us- whether good or bad- will be saved from physical death. To overcome spiritual death, which is separation from God, we must do what God asks. We have the gift of agency. We have the choice whether we want to live with Him again or not. He asks that we follow His son, Jesus Christ. That we have faith in Him, repent of our sins, be baptized, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end. And that is how we access His perfect grace so we can return home to our Heavenly Father's side. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Ally
Joseph Smith was a prophet who was chosen like others before him- by God. He, like Moses, Noah, & others, had a work to do. With God at their side, they all were able to perform their duty to God. The entire human race has been blessed by prophets since the first- Adam. Joseph was inspired by the words of the prophets in the Holy Bible and gained the faith from the Epistle of James ch 1 vs 5 to pray & ask of God . In 1820, Joseph knelt down and prayed to God, asking which church to join. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph, who was only 14 years old, and there told him of the work Joseph was chosen to do. I know that Joseph saw God and Jesus Christ. Through sincere prayer, I have come to know that Joseph Smith was called by God to be His prophet. And I know that anyone can gain this testimony for themselves through the power of the Holy Ghost. Joseph Smith was a boy like any other. But one who was chosen by God and prepared to be the leader and prophet for Christ's church, which was again restored to the earth 10 years after Joseph's faith filled prayer and the miraculous manifestation of The Father and The Son that followed. There has been a prophet on the earth ever since. Joseph was the first to be called in this last dispensation of time, and under the direction of Jesus Christ, Joseph was able to restore the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is in Jesus Christ's church- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less