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Hi I'm Ali,

I'm a fairly sane mother of eight grown children and 21 fantastic grandchildren who are the fun and motivating joy of my life.

About Me

I'm a Mormon from beautiful Sedona, Arizona. My life has revolved around my children and my sweetheart for the majority of my life. While my two youngest children were in high school, my husband supported me while I completed 2 bachelor's degrees and a masters degree. I loved the opportunity to learn and I loved having my children help me through the tough classes. Raising children has really been the best of my education. I loved seeing life through their eyes and watching them explore the world. I never wanted to travel while my children were young, but as they grew so did my desire learn about people and cultures around the world. My favorite travel experience was visiting Uganda and Tanzania to see first hand some of the humanitarian efforts of our youngest son. My children have convinced me to do crazy things like jump out of a perfectly good airplane, chat on-line, and visit places like Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay and the Marshal Islands. I love my family and all the fun things we do and learn together.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in a Mormon family its hard to imagine being anything else. My best friend in school was Catholic and I enjoyed learning about her religion. As I became more aware of other religions I chose to read the Book of Mormon myself - independent of my family scripture reading. I accepted the same challenge that our missionaries give to people around the world and prayed to know if the Book of Mormon is true. I felt the sweet peaceful assurance that comes through the witness of the Holy Ghost. I have since had many experiences where the spirit has witnessed to me that the gospel of Jesus Christ as found in the Bible and the Book of Mormon is true. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has blessed me with the ability to raise my children and find courage to face difficult situations that are part of life for all of us.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith everyday by keeping the commandments of our Savior Jesus Christ. I also live my faith by accepting assignments that come my way at church even when I'm not confident that I have the ability to accomplish them. My first assignment at church was teaching 10 children who were five years old or soon to turn five. My own sons were often part of the groups of young men I taught how to tie knots and race pinewood derbies or hike the mountains near us without getting into mischief. I have had the opportunity to learn more and develop my own faith through teaching children and adults throughout my life.