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Hi I'm Allison

I'm a musician. I'm a teacher. I love being outdoors and playing volleyball...and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, I'm Allison. I am a high school choir teacher. I love getting to work with teenagers everyday - sharing my love of music. When I'm not at school teaching, I love spending time with my husband. We enjoy exploring the outdoors, playing doubles volleyball, cooking, watching movies, and playing board and card games.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bring me so much joy. I was blessed to be born into a household of parents that were already active members of the Church, but I still had to build my own understanding of the gospel and gain my own testimony. I do not think anyone should blindly follow anything they hear. Put the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the test. Why pray? Why study the words of Christ? Why attend weekly church meetings? Why worship regularly at the temple? The bottom line is, I am infinitely more joyful when I do these things. If I am unhappy, or unusually pessimistic about the little things that go wrong in my life, I can usually look back and say, "Well, I haven't said meaningful personal prayers in a while," or "I haven't been trying to get anything out of church lately, I've just been going through the motions." And when I stop and try to fix what's missing, things improve. It's not that life got easier, or I stopped having problems, because that's not how life works. But by doing all the "little things", I am usually better equipped to handle the struggles that pop up. I don't get as frustrated, I find a solution, or am just blessed with the knowledge that everything will work out. One of the blessings in my life because of my membership in this church is a knowledge that God's priesthood has again been restored to earth. Because my husband and I were married in the temple, this means that if I give my best each day, and repent of my wrong-doings (and he does too), I will be married to my wonderful husband forever - not just until "until death do us part". Because of the Gospel, I know that I have a Savior who loves and knows me as an individual. He knows my joys and my sorrows. He paved the way so I can live with God again. Because of Him, I can be joyful.

How I live my faith

I think how I live my faith is lots of little things that end up making a big difference in my day to day living. Each morning and evening, my husband and I pray together. We do our best to read scriptures each night. Sometimes when I'm having a rough week, I stop and think about the last time I prayed personally about the troubles in my life - not just with my husband. When I then offer a silent prayer in my heart asking for help with life's little challenges, I always feel a bit of weight come off my shoulders. Another way I try to live my faith is by keeping my classroom a place where everyone can feel welcome. I get to know my students as individuals, and try to make it clear that I care for them and will always do my best to help them with anything they need. I strive to make my room a place where the Lord's spirit can reside through the music I select for my students, the conversations we hold, and the way we treat each other. Finally, I love having religious discussions with friend of my and other faiths. Everyone has different experiences that shape how we understand our relationship with God and Christ. I learn so much from discussion. One thing I've learned so far is that we all are trying to be and do the best we can, because deep down we all love our Heavenly Father and our fellow men - no matter where or how we worship each week.