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Hi I'm Alison

I'm a student at Brigham Young University, aspiring writer, a soon-to-be missionary, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of five children, fortunate to be born into a committed LDS family. I am a senior in college studying English and hope in the future to do some combination of teaching, editing, and writing. I am currently preparing to serve a mission.

Why I am a Mormon

Because I have always had the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life, it is difficult for me to see sometimes what a difference it makes. But I know that it is responsible for the great sense of direction and the happiness that I have always felt. The gospel gives me clear priorities and a perfect example to follow, and because I have these things I have always felt confident about where I am going in life. I don't always have a plan that includes every minute detail, but I know that my Heavenly Father loves me and that as long as I follow the plan he has laid out, things will work on a grander scale. I know that our happiness in life is predicated on our willingness to follow His commandments. I know that we can gain testimonies of the divinity and effectiveness of each commandment as we practice it in our lives. Still, I know that it's difficult to do everything right--sometimes it feels impossible to do anything right. For that reason we have a Savior, who atoned not only for our sins, but for our sufferings and sadnesses. I know that I can become the person I want to be--and the person God designed me to be--through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I have held many callings in many wards, but my favorite opportunities have been those of teaching Sunday school and speaking in church. Even though I'm genuinely afraid of speaking in front of people, these opportunities always give me the chance to study a topic in depth and organize my thoughts, and I come away having learned so much more than the people I am "teaching." I feel a confirmation of my faith most strongly when I am vocally bearing testimony of what I believe to others.