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Hi I'm Alison

Full-time missionary from the great state of Texas. I love little kids, family history, and mariachi bands. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 21 years old and currently Serving a mission for 18 months in Washington, speaking Spanish!! There are two exclamation marks because I absolutely love Hispanic culture, and the Spanish language! I grew up in Texas with a lot of Mexican friends, and sometimes joke that I was born into the wrong ethnicity. My favorite hobbies include babysitting, cooking, giving advice, and researching about my ancestry. I'm a deep thinker and I love learning. I love asking hard and unique questions about things, and really learning about them in detail. My passion is music though. I love to write and arrange songs for guitar, mandolin, and 3-part harmony and sing them with my sisters. I have 3 younger sisters and we are extremely close. We've been through a lot in our lives so far, but I'm a huge believer that God works everything out for good in the end.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Mormon Church to convert parents. I grew up being a member, but I’m still being converted and building my faith all the time. When I was 14, my family had just gone through a horrible incident, and we ended up having to suddenly move away from Texas, where I had lived since I was 5. I hated the culture of my new area. It was so different from Texas, or any other place I had visited, and almost everyone who lived there had been there for generations. It seemed to me that people there had such a narrow view of the world, and of other people, how could they ever understand what I had just been through? Kids at school made fun of my slightly southern accent, and there was such a lack of diversity compared with what I was used to, I just felt suffocated. I was depressed, lonely, and constantly homesick. I found solace in the familiarity of church though. The Mormon Church is so huge and widespread, that we have thousands of congregations all over the world, and every congregation meets the same way. The same hymns, prayers, scriptures, schedule... Even though it wasn't the same people, I still felt better when I went to church. I realized that year that it didn't matter how other people treated me. God loved me, and knew me, and I was there for a reason. Over time I stopped paying so much attention to what my peers said, and more to what God was teaching me. I read the Bible and the Book of Mormon all the way through for the first time, I shared my testimony to others when I had the chance, and I tried to fill my mind and heart with quality music,TV, and friends. It took 5 years, I eventually accepted that place and became truly okay with living there. As soon as that happened, I had the opportunity to move back to Texas! Now I’m back home, but I am so grateful for that trial, for this church, and for my relationship with God. Sometimes you just have to be humbled. Sometimes you have to reach a low point, so He can build you back up, a better person.

How I live my faith

As a full time missionary, living and acting on my faith is really key to everything I do. We always teach people that faith is a verb, it's an action. The jobs we have at church are sometimes hard and demanding, sometimes out of our comfort zone, and sometimes take a lot of our time or energy away from the fun things we want to do for ourselves, but just like in John 15:13, when you lay down your life for others, serving them and putting their needs above yours, that's the greatest love you could ever have. I believe that's what it all comes down to, turning outward, looking beyond yourself, and showing true, Christlike love to others. I have had a lot of different jobs at church. Before leaving on my mission, I taught the 3 and 4 year old kids Sunday school class, and loved every minute of it! The simplicity of the lessons and songs made for young children is really beautiful. I love seeing their faces light up when they understand something, or they hear their favorite "Jesus song". They are just so sweet and cute, and teaching these gospel concepts and principles in such a basic way, really helped me strengthen my own faith too.