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Hi I'm Allie

I grew up in CA, married my eternal companion, and am now living in UT. I am a wife, student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in beautiful California: I still regard to that as home and my paradise. I grew up in a family of six: we're close knit, we speak in movie quotes, we're goofy, and we love every minute of it. I was raised with a love of art—in all its forms—children, reading, learning, Macintosh computers, and crafts. I met my husband and, three weeks after getting married, we decided to move back to his native land of Northern Utah so we could more easily afford schooling. Being a dairyman, he's going into Dairy Science; having worked in childcare for years, I'm going into Speech and Language Pathology. My way of de-stressing is being a nerd: watching period films or reading period books, crafting, drawing, going over finances, reading books or articles on childrearing, etc. I was raised with Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings and love that I was raised so. My father, being a Graphic Designer and a Fine Arts Major, and my mother, a wonderful example, encouraged me to be open-minded and not be judgemental of other art forms as well as other walks of life, even if I didn't particularly agree with them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church and, I'm sorry to say, I leaned on the testimonies of those around me for years: it wasn't until I experienced a personal struggle that I truly discovered and developed my own testimony. Right after graduating from high school, I was diagnosed with severe Anxiety Disorder, severe OCD, and a mild form of Seasonal Depression: I was shocked and felt a little bit like a freak, as if I had nothing left because everything I'd known about myself was thrown out the window. That was when I turned everything over to my Savior and Heavenly Father: they comforted and helped me. My testimony of the Savior grew because, while no one here on earth could known exactly what I was going through, my Savior knew exactly what I was experiencing and he had felt every lonely moment, every moment I felt worthless. Knowing that I was not alone brought great comfort to me. At times of death of a loved one, the Plan of Salvation has always brought great comfort to me: knowing that I can be reunited with those I love again always quiets my aching heart. This testimony was even further strengthened when I was able to be sealed to my Eternal Companion because I knew that, regardless of whatever life throws my way, I can be with him forever. I am grateful for a living Prophet and for my ability to not only be guided by him, but also to receive Personal Revelation for myself through Prayer. I know that my Heavenly Father answers my prayers and that he loves me and knows not only what I need to hear, but also what I'm not ready to hear. I'm grateful that he has a far broader view of my life and potential than I can ever have on my own.

How I live my faith

I am a teacher in the Primary (children age 3-11). I am grateful for my opportunity to serve in such a capacity and for all that I learn from the children I teach. I teach a group of five-year olds and their pure and innocent and completely honest testimony of why Christ admonishes everyone to be like children. I have, in the past, taught in multiple different organizations and it never ceases to amaze me how our Heavenly Father inspires Bishops or Organization Leaders to put me wherever I need to be at that moment. I hope that I am always able to assist in the teaching and testimony growing wherever I am put, but I always feel that I am always able to learn so much more, regardless of where I am asked to serve as a calling.

Are Mormons Christians?

There is a hymn titled "I Believe In Christ" in our Hymn Book that, to me, perfectly answers this question. We are the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints. To put it shortly, Jesus Christ is central to our religion. Show more Show less

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

Yes, we are treated equal. I have a dear friend that, before being baptized, struggled with the separated classes until I told her something: we each have specific talents and responsibilities and these classes are meant to teach us those. My bishop once said that Heavenly Father gave men as a whole priesthood, but he gave women the opportunity to give birth. You need both man and woman to carry out the Plan of Salvation. Show more Show less