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Hi I'm Allison

I grew up on the east coast of the United States. I'm an aspiring writer and a college student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Although I was born in Utah, I grew up in states along the US east coast. I am the oldest of five. Right now I am a college student, studying English because I dream of becoming a novelist someday. Accordingly, I love reading all types of books and write in what spare time I have between homework assignments. I also love to hike and bike as well as play team sports like soccer. I've done a lot of traveling; it's something I love to do. I enjoy visiting new places, even if they are only a few minutes away from where I live. I suppose I would say I like any kind of intellectual stimulation, whether from books or my real life. Learning new things about the natural world, about people, and about cultures puts me in my "happy place."

Why I am a Mormon

The simple answer to "why I'm a Mormon" would be because I was born into it. Both my parents are Mormon. But that answer doesn't accurately express my feelings. I am now in college; I am free to do whatever I like. But I choose to be a Mormon. The main reason I am a Mormon is because I get so much joy out of the teachings and the lifestyle that come with the Church. With my thirst for experience and knowledge I love that to Mormons like me science and faith are not necessarily at odds. I feel free to learn as much as possible, and am actually encouraged to do so, without feeling like I am compromising my faith. I believe that any apparent contradictions are only places where we still don't know all the facts. I feel encouraged to be my personal best in every way. But the most joy I get comes from knowing not only that there is a God, but that He loves each of us individually and that our Savior Jesus Christ loves us in the same way. I know that everyone is special, with unique gifts given to them by a loving Heavenly Father, and knowing this love feels like a sun's ray on a winter day. It feels good to know I am never alone and that through prayer I can talk to my Father in Heaven anytime and receive answers through personal revelation. The ability to receive guiding wisdom from God means more and more to me as I make important decisions about my future. I also get joy from knowing that the family I love will be my family forever. So much in this world comes to an end, but some things are so precious that to lose them forever would be unbearable. Families are forever, and life continues after death. The Gospel is a beautiful thing to me, full of love and life and hope. It makes me want to be the best person I can be and someday come to be like Christ. I am not perfect, but that is okay as long as I do my best and never give up.

How I live my faith

I've had positions in the Church since I was a Beehive, or in the class for twelve-year-old girls. I had some leadership over my Church classes in those teenage years. Since becoming an adult I have had numerous scattered positions, or callings. One was teaching the six-year-old class on Sundays. That was a challenging, but fun, learning experience. I was also a ward missionary once. Right now I teach class for the women one Sunday a month, which is also a learning experience. But every challenge helps me grow, so I welcome it even as I freak out a little inside. I am also a visiting teacher, which means I and a companion visit two girls who live nearby once a month or however many times they need us for help or simply companionship. I also have visiting teachers who do the same for me.