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Hi I'm Alyson

I am a college prep coach, a fashion redesigner and a Mormon.

About Me

When we were newlyweds, my husband sold our couch and bought me a sewing machine, and I have never stopped sewing since. My favorite thing is redesigning clothes that others would deem as trash. I take outdated styles or stained clothes and I bring them new life by changing the shape or incorporating the fabric in a new way. Our clothing often becomes like a quilt, with stories behind where the fabric came from. If there was one word to describe me, it would be "helper." It is an instant way for me to feel happy. This is a big reason why I created a College Coaching program to help students of charter high schools have all the information and tools I wish I had to prepare for college. Not only do I try to help them be competitive for college and scholarships but I attempt to help them figure out how to thrive and make the most out of every opportunity. I am married to most wonderful man. He loves to make my dreams come true. I never knew it would be possible for someone to be as unselfish as he is. After being married for almost five years, I am still amazed and delighted that he married me. I will probably be saying the same thing 50 years from now. Being a mom fills a hole that I didn't know I had. You can tell when you meet my daughter she was a powerful spirit daugher in heaven, before she came to us. I do my best to not squash who she is, while working with her to develop positive behavior. Some days are quite difficult, but prayer makes a profound difference.

Why I am a Mormon

In many ways being a Mormon feels like home. There is just a sense of familiarity. Perhaps it resembles what it was like to live with God before we came to earth. In the best moments there is perfect warmth, comfort and peace. Opportunities to make promises through covenants of baptism, temple endowment and temple marriage are also experiences of sweet, heavenly familiarity. Maybe it is because Heaven is so close in those moments. It is also wonderful to belong to a church family where I feel unconditional acceptance and friendship. I am a Mormon because it feels like home.

How I live my faith

I have learned that I can either struggle to try it alone, or I can rely upon the gentle support from Heaven. It is daily work to remember Christ in everything I do, and some days are better than others. But I find that whenever I try to live as Christ would, I never regret it. Serving with the children in Primary is a great privilege. We get to help them prepare and make the baptism covenant when they turn 8. These children are each literally divine, straight from Heavenly Father. Along with their parents we strive to help each child develop a relationship with Christ, knowledge of his ways and a testimony of His love for them. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with this great responsibility, but as I turn to Heaven for help, through prayer, I feel profound help. I know the greatest success comes from living and loving the gospel.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

I could understand why someone may think that LDS women are oppressed, but as an LDS woman I find it to be completely the opposite as it may appear. As a woman, I am honored, celebrated and cherished, especially by those who are in Priesthood authority positions. The opportunity to have the priesthood is only available to men, but the priesthood itself blesses and protects women in ways unlike anything on earth. Although gender roles are different, there is not one that is held of greater importance over the other. LDS women are respected as equals in leadership and participation. Show more Show less