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Hi I'm Allison

I love to tap dance. I love puns and I love to laugh. I love avocados. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Though I was born overseas, I've grown up in the great Northwest with my mom and younger brother. My brother is my best friend, and we always have a blast together. I grew up being involved with dance, choir, and musical theatre, but my favorite art is tap dancing. Because of this, I suffer from restless leg syndrome and can't keep my feet still. I just finished my first year of college at Brigham Young University. I am studying business with a minor in sociology. I love school and all of the amazing things I have learned so far. I love spending time with my friends, and like to consider myself a people person :) This year my greatest accomplishment was partially getting over my lactose intolerance issue (it's possible, people!). I joined the Church when I was 14 years old, and it has been the greatest decision I have ever made. Though my family didn't join with me, I feel the blessings that have been brought to us through my decision to follow Jesus Christ. I love my Savior, and His gospel has brought me infinite amounts of joy that I never knew were possible. This summer I leave on a full-time, 18-month mission to Curitiba, Brazil. I will learn Portuguese, leave my life, my family, my friends, my social networks, and embark on the greatest challenge of my life to bring the happiness of the gospel to other people. I am excited to serve my Lord, and I love the Brazilians already :) Good thing I like rice and beans!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored to the Earth through the power of God given to the young prophet Joseph Smith. I believe that just as God has given us prophets throughout ancient times, He has given them to us today to guide, direct, and help us. I believe that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and is truly another testament of Jesus Christ and His teachings. I believe that God is our loving Heavenly Father, and truly has a plan for each and every one of us. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that He atoned for our sins. I believe that He suffered, bled, died, and overcame death in order for us to be truly happy. I believe that true happiness comes only in and through the miracle that is the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It allows us to change, to be forgiven, to be comforted, to be understood, to never be alone, to come to Christ, to be led by Him, so that we might be truly happy and return to live with our Father in Heaven. I was not raised in the Church. Nobody in my family is Mormon. I was introduced to the Church by my best friend, and ever since I made the decision to join, the difference in my life has been like night and day. I have seen the difference the gospel has made in my life, which is why I am a firm believer in all that it represents, in all of the doctrines and beliefs. I love this gospel. It has not only changed my life, but is has saved my life. It has given me happiness that I have never known before. It has given me all that I cherish in this life: my family, my friends, my education, the love of my life, my understanding of my purpose in this life, and now the opportunity to share my knowledge and happiness and love with other people across the world. I am a Mormon because I have knelt down and prayed to the Lord, asked for the truth, and now know with a surety that this is the church of Jesus Christ, and every bit of it is true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by learning, practicing, and becoming. This was the theme of my young single adult ward (YSA) at BYU this past year, and it is visible in everything that we do if we utilize the Atonement. The Atonement of Jesus Christ made it possible for us to become better people, and I live my faith by trying my best every day to become more like Christ. I learn what the Savior wants me to do by studying His life and His ministry, by praying and reading the word of God. I practice by following the standards of His gospel, by keeping the commandments, by loving and serving those around me, by participating in a ward family and in my own family. And I become through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. In my YSA ward, I had the opportunity to serve on the Activities Committee, meaning I got to help put together fun activities to help bond the ward. These activities were wholesome, fun, and provided a spiritual environment for our ward family to get to know each other better and grow together. I also got to start visiting teaching, which just means visiting other people in the ward once a month to check in, share a spiritual message, and offer them assistance in anything that they need. These services truly allowed me to live my faith by learning the principles of "mourning with those that mourn" and "comforting those that stand in need of comfort" (Mosiah 18:9). My love for God's children grew substantially through these callings. Recently, I have been called to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Curitiba, Brazil. This has taken incredible amounts of faith and trust in the Lord, and has not been easy. I know that the next 18 months will be the hardest of my life, but I also know that they will be the most rewarding. I can't wait to serve my fellow brothers and sisters, because "when [I] am in the service of my fellow beings, [I] am only in the service of my God" (Mosiah 2:17).