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Hi I'm Ally

I'm a missionary of the LDS church.

About Me

I'm a teen about to graduate high school. The last four years, I've been involved in musicals, Cross Country, marching band, jazz band, student government, 4-H, clogging, and high school choir. I've been taking private music lessons since I was eight years old, and started seriously studying voice about a year ago. I'm now considering a major in Vocal Performance. Ever since elementary school I knew I loved performing. Sitting in the auditorium while my sisters acted in their school musicals, I dreamed of the day that I would have a turn. That day has come and gone, but I'm still not satisfied. Each time I walk onstage, even at a five-in-the-morning practice, I feel the same excitement. Becoming another character is a beautiful process, especially when you learn more about yourself.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family with the Gospel. When I keep Gospel in the center of my life, I am happy. No matter what tragedies happen, no matter who is gone, because of Christ's Atonement all will be made right. The scriptures teach us that "Men are that they might have joy," and I've learned that the only way to have true joy is by following the teachings of Christ. I know that this is the restored Church of Jesus Christ. I know that every step of Heavenly Father's Plan will be fulfilled, and that if I live righteously I can withstand anything. Thomas S. Monson is the prophet of our day, and I love to hear his words. They are the words of the Lord. And I know that when we are obedient, we receive the promised outpouring of blessings from God.

How I live my faith

The students in my school have the opportunity to take Seminary as one of our classes, and I've taken it each year. It's such a blessing to make the walk across the street into a place far away from the cares of world where you study and learn the Gospel with a group of kids like you. My testimony has grown so much under the care of our teachers, and Seminary is the place where I learned to act on promptings from the Spirit. A few weeks ago I was part of a group that was going to perform a musical number for a special Seminary lesson. When I got to school, however, I realized that I was supposed to wear church-appropriate attire to perform. The next two class periods were frantic, but I finally found a dress. All was well, except for my footwear. I knew that the others in my class wouldn't care if I wore sneakers with my dress, but I didn't want my appearance to distract anyone from feeling the Spirit. A few minutes later I realized that I'd left a pair of flats on a bus a few weeks ago, and had never bothered to go to the bus garage to pick them up. I ran to the office, called the bus garage, and was able to pick them up in time for our performance. I know that it was the Spirit that helped me remember those shoes, and that Heavenly Father used my forgetfulness to help me in a time that I really needed them. I'm so grateful that He cares enough about me to make sure the little things that are insignificant to the whole world, but important to me, are taken care of.

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