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Hi I'm Alyson

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have 3 brothers and one sister. Two of my brothers have passed away, as has my father. I'm the mother of two daughters and have one grandson and one granddaughter. I was divorced 12 years ago but have remarried to a wonderful man. I have home schooled my youngest daughter for the past 8 years. She has just started her freshman year in college so I am going back to school for my degree. I have served as a family history consultant for the past 7 years for my church and love teaching and learning more about genealogy. I love to travel and see parts of the United States that I've never been to before. Some of the things I like to do is to study world history, read from the classics in literature, watch old black & white movies, visit historical sites, and visit family members that live across the country. I'm learning how to crochet and knit and have made crafts and sewn clothing & costumes for my children when they were younger. I love reading the scriptures and learning more about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I can make some pretty good recipes that my daughters have repeatedly asked me to make as a family tradition. I've taught my younger daughter how to make jam and she's created her own cookbook with some of her favorite recipes that she's made herself or wants to learn to make for her own family someday. It's exciting to see my children and grandchildren grow and make good choices in their lives and make corrections when necessary. Life is hard but I love it!

Why I am a Mormon

I've been blessed to have been raised in the Church. That doesn't mean that I've always had a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Sometimes, during my teenaged years, I felt like I "coasted" along and didn't really have a strong understanding of the gospel. About my senior year in high school I really began to build a testimony. I was really put to the test during my first marriage, when my then-husband began to make choices that were not in harmony with the gospel. After 18 years of marriage, many tears and prayers, I ended the marriage. My children and I moved on. I was remarried a while later to a man who lives the gospel. I built a strong testimony that I continue to work on every day. I know that my Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ carried me through that difficult time in my life. I know that They know me and love me. I also know that if I hadn't had the gospel in my life I may have given up trying and went down a path that would be disastrous. I believe that as times continue to get harder, that the gospel and the strong foundation that I've built by following the commandments will be the only way to return to my Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending my Church meetings every Sunday, reading my scriptures daily both in personal study and reading as a family. I say daily prayers, again, both my own personal prayer and family prayer. There are many days that I say a silent prayer in my heart as I go about my day when I need guidance or comfort. I try my best to help others in need, both in body and spirit. I try to refrain from being critical and not judge others. I try to keep an eternal perspective about this life, knowing that this time is short compared to the eternities to come. This helps me to not worry about things that don't really matter. I keep a close relationship with my extended family, again, knowing that my family will be the only thing that matters in the next life. I served in the Church in many capacities: Cub Scout leader; Primary; Young Women; Relief Society; Family History Consultant; and more. Each calling has helped me learn more about service to others before self. I have helped others learn to research and connect their own genealogy. I repent daily of the things that I may have thought or said that isn't in harmony with the gospel and plead with the Lord to help me do better the next day. It's a constant learning experience and I see that I'm doing better and better the more effort I put into doing what's right.