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Hi I'm Ally

I'm a recent graduate of BYU-Hawaii. I like to travel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in St. George, Utah. I am number eight of eight children. Growing up I developed a love for music and running. I attended Brigham Young University- Hawaii and got my bachelor's degree in International Cultural Studies- Communication and Culture. I love studying about communications, and am always happy when I'm in a multicultural setting. I love to travel and hope to do more traveling in the future. Having recently graduated, I am trying to figure out the next step in life! Maybe more school, maybe something else. It will be fun to find out.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS church. At first, being LDS was just a way of life. I didn't know anything other than going to church every Sunday, and being surrounded by people who followed the same gospel as me. It was only after I started attending college that I started to really think about why I was LDS. It had always been a comfortable place for me to be, but specific trials in my life rocked my testimony and it was time to really figure out why. One specific thing that made my realize the truth of the gospel was the manifestations I received from the Holy Ghost. I had received manifestations throughout my life, and it was an important factor in making important life decisions. I started paying close attention to the dynamics of the Holy Ghost; when I was living gospel principles I could feel the companionship of the Spirit. When I made sinful decisions, I could feel the Spirit leave. This confirmed to me that the gift of the Holy Ghost is real, a gift that I received after baptism. The principles of the church are real, I know just by my experience in living or not living them. I have felt the Spirit by my side, and the healing power of the atonement of Jesus Christ in healing me from pain and sin. I also had the opportunity to live in Jerusalem for four months. It was an amazing time learning about the history of the gospel in its geographic context. I gained a firmer testimony of the Oldand New Testaments and the Book of Mormon as I discovered how these books are supported by the surrounding landscape. More than anything, however, I was able to gain a firm and real testimony that Jesus is the Son of God. He was chosen from the beginning to be our Savior. He was the god Jehovah to those of the Old Testament, and later came to earth in the flesh. His mission was misunderstood by many, but I am forever grateful that He made an eternal sacrifice so I can be redeemed from sin. In short, I live the gospel of Jesus Christ because it is true.

How I live my faith

I have had many different positions in the church. I have served as a pianist for my ward, on an activities committee, and writing the newsletter for the women's organization in my ward. I recently switched into a new ward and am waiting to be called to serve there. Along with my church callings, I have served in other ways. I have participated in visiting teaching, or visiting a sisters that I am assigned to visit along with my companion. I have also participated in service projects, such as planting plants on temple grounds under renovation, or putting together hygiene kits for those in need. However, the way I live my faith most constantly is by my lifestyle. Although I am often faulty, I do my best to treat others kindly, or make a sincere apology when I fail to do so. I make an honest effort to study the scriptures daily, and make it to worship in the temple when I am able. I attend church every Sunday and renew my baptismal covenants by partaking of the sacrament. I try to keep myself clean in every way, and worthy to attend the temple and partake of the sacrament. I make an honest effort to understand others and not force my opinions or beliefs on them. I am far from perfect and make many mistakes daily. However, I believe that in order to live the gospel I am only required to keep trying. I am grateful that I can repent of sins, and that Christ's atonement allows me to progress although I often throw obstacles in my own way.