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Hi I'm Lisette Allred

I'm from New York, by way of Texas and Utah. I read, I write, I sing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a twenty-something imported New Yorker. I love thunderstorms and dark chocolate. I'm from a big family, the third of ten children, and the oldest girl. I love kids, especially little ones. I love music, especially singing. I can remember pretty much anything if you set it to music. I play the piano a bit. (In other words, I'm just good enough to know that I should have been better. I'm also a fair hand with a pennywhistle, but who admits to that?) My lifelong passion is reading. I'll consume anything that comes my way, but my great love is fiction. I think made-up stories are one of the most powerful vehicles for telling the truth. If I can get my nose out of a book for long enough, I might even try my hand at writing one someday.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church. My father is from pioneer stock, but my mother is a convert. I grew up attending church and learning the gospel. I can't remember a time I didn't believe. I can't even pinpoint the moment my testimony became my own, instead of relying on others'. I do remember wishing for some grand, glorious occurrence to cement my faith--something earthshaking. Instead, what I got was this: a silent voice in my head, a feeling in my heart, saying, "Lisette, why are you asking? You already know." And I did. I knew that the gospel is true, that Jesus is the Christ, and that Joseph Smith was his prophet. And ever since then I have known that I know. I am a Mormon because I was born one, but I also became one. I am a Mormon today because living the gospel gives me happiness, in a way nothing else can. And every so often, when life gets me down and the whole thing starts to sound crazy and I begin to wonder if we can ever really know anything, I take out that old assurance and shake it to see if it still rings true. And it does, every time. This gospel is true. I might keep asking, but I already know.

How I live my faith

I am a missionary in the California Bakersfield Mission. I'm here to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm trying to serve my fellowmen and learn to love them as He does. Until my mission, I also taught a Sunday School class to nine- and ten-year-olds. I love teaching the gospel to children. I love the brightness of their faith. They help me remember the simplicity of the gospel. It really is all about the basics: Have faith, repent, be baptized, endure to the end. Love one another. We are all children of God, and Jesus is our Savior.