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Hi I'm Ally

I grew up in Paradise California. I am a wife, a mother, a cancer survivor, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Wife, a mother, a lover of cooking-and presentation, Music, all kinds of music....it can move me like nothing else, photography, shoes, home decor, family, friends, the gospel, serving friends and neighbors, comedians, movies, reading (recently The Help and Pillars of the Earth), I love great blogs, and recently I'm Loving "Pinterest", so fun when I have time for it ..... all of these things bring me TREMENDOUS JOY!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the church because from the age of about 13 I started really feeling the influence of the Holy Ghost. I had him with me before, but this is when i really remember feeling things, knowing things, studying things out for myself, and feeling the strength I gained in decisions I made as a teenager. I made mistakes at times, but I knew I had a savior, and through his help I could repent and be cleansed. I have felt the unmatchable joy when I have been able to share the message of the gospel with others, and see friends go into the water for baptism, I have known from a very young age that I had a life before this earth. I can feel it inside me, I recollect impulses of who I am. I know we're meant to have the gift of a body to do and accomplish the Lord's work, and to enjoy life, to learn and grow. I KNOW with all my heart there is a life after this, I know that through the temple, we can have blessings that allow our families to be together forever. This is why we do not use the phrase "till death do you part" in our wedding ceremony. We have a Heavenly Father, Christ is our redeemer, He created this earth and all the beauty and mystery of it. The love I feel for my family, it is STRONG, I sense that I have known them, and other special people in my life longer than just this earthly existence. I have seen true modern miracles occur in my life through the Priesthood which I know was restored to this earth, the Lord loved us enough to restore it. I LOVE the Lord so much for all of his goodness. As the words of one of my favorite hymns says " O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder, Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made; I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,Thy power throughout the universe displayed Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee, How great Thou art, How great Thou art.Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee, How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

How I live my faith

My family and I live our faith as best we can. We are NOT perfect, and we fall short many times, but this is how we try. Family Night: We play games, go to a decent movie, cook together, read scriptures, go do something outdoors when it's not hot, swim when it is hot, get ice cream, serve someone else, talk out our family issues, have a really awesome meals together. Scouts: which is part of the regular BSA, but is done through our church. I LOVE the scouting program The longest standing board member of the Boy Scouts of America is the Prophet of our church Thomas S. Monson. That's pretty cool. Our boys do food drives, service, and develop talents and skills at these meetings. My husband Serves as a Boy Scout leader for the Scouts in our church. I serve the young women ages 10-11. This program (Faith In God) is awesome too. It's kind of like a Cub Scouting program where they get together and learn talents, skills, and serve others. It's a great program. Relief Society: I am part of the largest women's organization in the world. I LOVE relief society, and how we look after each other, and others. I LOVE the amazing help we have been able to provide around the world. In our home we read scriptures most every morning and have prayer before the kids leave to go out into our crazy wonderful world. This strengthens us. We pray before our meals together, and pray before bed together (sometimes we fall short on this), We try to not let too much negative influence enter our home by choosing better music, t.v. and movies. .We try to serve in our community, and stay involved. We vote, help at the school, and we try to share the gospel. As a family, we try to love people, and be forgiving. We pay our tithes to the Lord, and try to love him as best we can. We attend church every Sunday other than travel or illness. We support the programs, activities, etc. We attend the Temple, where we're reminded of our promises, blessings, and the purpose of this life.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

I think it is SO interesting that there are some who have the idea that LDS women are suppressed in some way. I think we are the most liberated women anywhere. We are loved, and cherished by our leaders, and they speak of women with incredibly respect. women don't hold the priesthood because they don't need to. They already have a divine role to take part in the creation of man, the Lord granted us the ability to grow life inside us, WHAT A MIRACLE. Mother's intuition that people speak of, this is a direct link to Heavenly Father, this is how he works through us to raise up future generations. There is a talk by Gordon B. Hinckley titled "The Women In our Lives". You can find it on LDS.org, or by Google. It is an amazing talk. I LOVE the priesthood, and I am a living testimony of the power of it. I had Leukemia when I was 19 years old. I didn't have very good chances at the time, but was blessed to have a perfect match with my sister who donated her marrow to me. Through two significant Priesthood blessings, we knew I would live, and I would feel well again. Through a priesthood blessing, I was made whole, and assured that the direction I desired in my life would come. We are blessed to have it on this earth, and I am grateful to the men that live worthy of holding it. I'm grateful for the allegiance it brings out in men, it softens them, and makes them service oriented. What a gift. Show more Show less