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Hi I'm Allison

I am a wife and a mom of 6 great kids. I am handicapped but not defined by my disability. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mom to six great kids, five of which have special needs. I have two with bipolar disorder, 5 with dyslexia and one with Sensory Integration Disorder. Life does get difficult with so many needing things according to their disorders. But I believe there is a reason the Lord trusted me with these sweet souls. There are many who would say "why me?", when it comes to kids with disabilities. It's hard and tough, so I can understand that. But my faith in the Lord, that he knows what is best for me and knows my strengths and also my limits. If the Lord has faith in me that I can be the best mom to these kids, then I know that even on the tough days, that I can make it. Don't get me wrong, there are days I still count down to bedtime, but I'm still grateful for being alive and making it through another day!

Why I am a Mormon

After I was born, my parents searched long and hard for a church to go to. They researched and attended several different church before Sister Missionaries came knocking on my parents door during a blizzard one night. Funny enough, this happened the same day my mom prayed to find the right church, that all the ones she had been too just didn't seem to be the one. She let the missionaries in, mostly because of the blizzard, but also because she wanted to learn. After a year of attending and studying the Book of Mormom, both my parents joined the church. My parents raised me and my two sisters in the church, but we were always taught to seek the truth ourselves through our own personal study. So I took that challenge. By age 10, I had read the Book of Mormom twice by myself. By the time I was a teenager I had a firm belief that the church was true. I never questioned it because I found the truth myself.

How I live my faith

Faith, it's one of the hardest things to attain and to keep as life can be discouraging. But making sure I live my life according to the values that I believe so firmly in, keeps me grounded and keeps my faith at my core. Scripture study, personal prayer, family prayer, attending church meetings helps remind me and helps me feel the spirit in my life everyday. Making it to church is difficult for our family because of the 5 special needs kids we have, and sometimes we have meltdowns and make it to church late. But no matter what, we decided that we won't give up even if we only make it to the last 15 minutes of church due to the kids disabilities. I want to show the kids that no matter what, it's important to attend church so that your spirit can be fed, just like our bodies need to be fed.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Allison
Mormon church service last a total of 3 hours. We have a family worship time where the whole congregation, including children, meet together for about 70 minutes. We have speakers from the congregation that are asked to volunteer their time and speak about certain subjects, and they are told ahead of time so they have time to pray and study the subject. After that time, we have Sunday school classes were we separate into adult and younger Sunday school classes for the children called Primary. For third hour, Primary classes continue for the younger children. We have other meetings were the men go to Priesthood meetings that are divided up into age-orientated classes for males 12 and older. Young Women which if for ages 12-17years. And Relief Society, our Woman's organization, for Women 18 yrs old and older. Nursery is provided for the last two hours for agest 18 month to 3 years old. And visitors are ALWAYS welcome! Show more Show less