What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Allison

I'm a stay-at-home mom. I speak three languages. I'm a singer. I'm a master of board games. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love singing! It has always been a hobby and a way to feel inspiration and peace, and to express joy and sadness. It helps me to feel close to God and I think thats why I like it the most. I got a masters degree in Medieval Renaissance History a few years ago and enjoyed learning, except the Latin part of course. A favorite chapter from my life was working in the Tourism/ Hospitality Industry in Arizona right out of college. I enjoyed promoting the state and the creativity and personality required to do all of those social functions. My husband and I met on a blind date while on a business trip. Our story proves that ya just never know. I worked in Manhattan as an administrative assistant to get my husband through the first couple years of residency. Now I'm finally able to stay home with our new daughter and I feel like I've arrived in domestic bliss.

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel of Jesus Christ and my membership in his church are truly at the center of my life. He gave me my family and the commandments which truly provide guidance for lasting happiness. I know with all my heart that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that His church has been restored to the earth. I find that so much of pop culture mocks that which is sacred and good, so I'm constantly disappointed with what the so-called world has to offer. TV shows are more and more shocking, promiscious and vulgar. Predictable, really. The gospel and the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on the other hand, are so deep, rich, and invigorating to the soul. Take 1 Corinthians 13 and the definition of charity. Try living that! Its a challenge and requires self-discipline, so that we become our best selves. This stuff is what life is all about.

How I live my faith

I pray with my husband daily as well as in private. I read the Book of Mormon. I am President of the Young Women organization in my branch, so almost daily there is something to do for the girls. We have spiritual goals to follow up on and fun activities to organize (karaoke anyone?). There are meals to provide for sick people or new mothers, and speaking opportunities to prepare for. Refreshments must be provided as well as a scripture memorized each week (something I choose to do personally). It is a daily religion and I love it! General Conference happens every six months and I look forward to the opportunity to hear from our Prophet and General Authorities. One of my favorites was the late Neal A. Maxwell - a man who intellecutalized the rigors of the Christian disciples' journey. Here is one of his best quotes: "In opting for discipleship, we have nothing to fear but the disapproval of the natural man and his like-minded, preoccupied friends with their pointing fingers." And another: "Discipleship means being drawn by seemingly small and routine duties toward the fulfillment of the two great and most challenging commandments [Matthew 22:35-40]." I'm inspired, are you!?

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Some women have an issue with the fact that only men hold the Priesthood in the LDS faith, but I never have. Probably because my father was such a loving, kind guy - a little self deprecating - but celebrated his daughters. He once said that women were naturally charitable, whereas men needed the organization of the Priesthood to get them to do good works. In the scriptures, the Lord tells men that that they have no power in the Priesthood if they aren't following Jesus Christ's perfect example anyway, so the Priesthood is merely an outlet of service. I've been in the church my whole life and the men possessing virtues of kindness, meekness, temperance, brotherhood, love and respect are venerated and have real power - the power to influence for good and to bring others to Christ. The losers are power-hungry, position dropping men who misunderstand their opportunities and misdirect their efforts. Women hold many positions of leadership. I myself have been a Relief Society President,and am currently President of the Young Women. We do so much on our own, and I find the leadership experiences enriching. When we work together with men, we are successful. Seriously, this is such a non-issue because the Lord has instituted a perfect organization and I have learned to trust in Him and His perfect systems. Lets just say that the men are always getting rebuked in the church and the women are always getting complimented - back to what my dad used to say... Show more Show less