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Hi I'm Alison

About Me

I have a "rockin' awesome" husband and three unbelievable children. I know many other people say they have amazing kids...but mine are just incredible! I have about a zillion interests - everything from soaking up the gorgeous world around us to herbalism to cooking to archeology. I've learned that just about anything can be fascinating if you learn enough about it. I'm a clinical psychologist with my own practice, and I love helping people struggle through their problems. This is holy work, imho. I'm working on my own challenges too -- getting enough sleep, keeping my blood sugar low, exercising, and not losing my patience. And I absolutely LOVE going out to eat (and once in awhile, I do!).

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon simply because I am impelled to be. I know it is the way to God. I have had enough experiences where I have felt in absolutely undeniable ways the Holy Spirit testify to me that 1) God lives, 2) God loves us, each one and infinitely so, 3) Christ is our Savior and 4) Only through Christ - through His Atonement - can we be saved, and 5) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only church on the earth with the power, keys and priesthood authority to make this happen. 6) The Book of Mormon is truly a record of God's love, grace, and teachings to a group of ancient people who lived in America. It is indeed a most perfect book. Read it and find out! 7) We are blessed to have a prophet to help lead and guide us in the present. My internal experiences cannot be denied - both in my heart and in my mind. My external experiences also show me of these truths as I see the things in my life bear witness to me that God lives and that He created a plan of happiness whereby we can each return to live with him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith imperfectly...but with hope. In my fantasy I am a better example but in my reality I struggle to daily do the things I need to do in order to remain close to God. I am always trying to do better. But I know that I am on the right track, and that even though I am imperfect, God still approves of me now, and of my efforts now. I attend church happily every week and sometimes more often. I love the community, the family of the church. I love the great friends I have in our ward, and the great friends I have throughout the country. Right now I'm teaching Sunday School and playing the organ for Sacrament Meeting. Playing the organ lets me worship through music in a way that I cannot access otherwise and I feel very privileged to have that opportunity. I also live my faith as a psychologist. I try to be open to feeling love for each person that I have as a client. I pray for guidance before I see clients each day. I try to be as honest as I can, and live my values as effectively as I can. Not too long ago, President Uchtdorf urged us to love others in our work (General Conference, October 2009), and I notice that as I do this I am a more effective psychologist.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Alison
I have never had a problem with women not having the priesthood. One of the things I know is that we can wholly and completely trust God for our ultimate happiness. He loves us perfectly. His plan is for women to not hold the priesthood here, and I don't see that this in any way affects my importance to God or my importance to others in the church. Women are valued equally. Sure, there are some imperfect people out there who act ignorantly, but I'm willing to forgive their ignorance. Women have plenty of opportunity to lead, to be in charge of things, etc. There is no blessing associated with the priesthood that we women do not have access to in one form or another. Show more Show less