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Hi I'm Alyn

Grew up on a fish hatchery in Arizona, oldest of 6. Lived 15 years in college towns. Raising 5 kids in the South! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

FAMILY. We married 2 weeks before Nathan started grad school in Missouri. 6 years and 2 kids later he graduated. We moved to Georgia. 6 more years and 2 more kids: we moved to South Carolina. BLOGGING. 80% of our family lives in Arizona. (We have 9 siblings, 10 nieces, and 8 nephews!) It's been great to share pictures, video, and thoughts over the internet. Blogging helps me remember those shining moments of joy in parenthood! We also video chat with the grandparents and a sibling or two every Sunday evening. BOOKS! I read a few books every week. I get a little anxious when I run out of library books. I own prescription Harry Potter glasses. I secretly wish to write a book for teens. REMODELING. I studied architecture in college. Lucky for me, my husband is the son of a contractor. I LOVE scheming the next remodeling project. We owned a 1935 bungalow in MO, a 1983 traditional in GA, and now we're starting to fix up our 1957 ranch house. I spend lots of time pricing, researching, planning, and designing! CREATIVITY. I learned to crochet, to my own amazement. I'm quite creative (sidetracked) when it comes to housework. But flylady.net has helped. I enjoy beautifying the house. (Trust me, this house needs the attention!) I also love family history, maps, travel schemes, museums, personal finance, being thrifty, baking, and dark chocolate. Anything chocolate really.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in this church. My Dad's parents were converted when they were young parents. My maternal grandmother came from a long line of Mormons, but my grandpa was not strong in the church. My parents expected all 6 of us to make good choices. Attending church provided a great community of support. When I was confirmed at age 8, I felt a very powerful warm feeling inside my chest. I know the Holy Ghost was burning within me. Testifying to my heart I was making a good choice. When I left for college, my 11 year old brother asked if I would go to church. Of course! College did provide distractions and late nights. These circumstances solidified my commitment to attend church, and to take religion classes. My study of the gospel became a habit and a strength in my life. I studied the scriptures not just occasionally but every day. Heavenly Father continued guiding me. I suddenly started thinking about a mission. It had been my plan to finish college first. But one day, I sat beneath a tree on campus and prayed, and received a very clear and strong answer in my heart. Heavenly Father wanted me to be a missionary. I was called to serve on Temple Square in Salt Lake City Utah. I met so many good people from various cultures and backgrounds. I saw the big picture of the gospel spreading across the Earth. I enjoyed the hours of study, away from the distractions of school, social life, and TV. I loved attending the temple every week and partaking of the sweet peace that flows from that sacred building. The heavens are open! We've been given Priesthood power and saving ordinances. Through the Holy Spirit, we receive revelation for our individual lives. Jesus Christ lived and died for us. Through His Grace we can be forgiven. We can live with God again and continue to be families even after this life. I've received too many confirmations in my mind and in my heart to deny it: this is the restored Church of Jesus Christ. So beautiful.

How I live my faith

I love researching my family history. I've been interested in this since I was a teenager. It's fascinating to find out about my ancestors, and where they came from. It's a great confirmation of my faith to know that salvation is still available to those who died without the knowledge of Christ. I'm able to stand as a proxy, and be baptized on their behalf in the temple. And they have the opportunity to accept or reject that ordinance performed on their behalf. My job at church is overseeing all the young women, ages 12-18. We have Sunday classes, as well as weeknight activities. Teenagers have so many questions, and they're growing in their knowledge and understanding. I love seeing them learn more about the gospel, and seeking direction for the many decisions they have to make. They have so many distractions and temptations they face. I'm very glad that the church can provide not only a community of support, but also standards for behavior and conduct to guide us. Each person is so loved and valued by God. He has great plans and opportunities available for each one of us. I pray daily, I seek direction in my life. I desire to be a better wife and mother, and know that the Lord will help me. I've had some serious challenges, as everyone does, but I know that God provides a way for each of us to find peace and happiness in this life as well as in the world to come.