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Hi I'm Alannah

I live on the street I grew up on. I have an amazing family. I try to balance home, church, and work. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have 2 amazing sons, and a wonderful husband who takes care of them during the day while I'm at work. They are the exact family I would choose if I had every family to choose from! We play together, travel together, and spend time with our nearby extended family. We have a large local family, and have a dinner together once a month for anyone who can make it. We even have grandma living across the street from us. I like to entertain and have lots of people around. I like to cook, and if I had more time cooking would be one of my hobbies. As it is, I find time to read in short spurts between doing other things, and my main hobby is just being with my family. I work with the teenagers at church, and absolutely love it!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who were Mormons. My mom was baptized in her teens in Ireland after her mom decided to be baptized. My dad was baptized as an adult and was a steadfast believer in my lifetime. I was the youngest child, and they raised me going to church on Sunday, and living by the standards our church teaches. I always felt Heavenly Father's love for me in my life. Even when I felt very alone as a teenager, I knew He was there. I went to college for 2 years at BYU, and loved the opportunity to be surrounded by people who had the same standards as I did, and to learn and grow. I have always loved science, and logic, and I feel like the gospel puts all of the pieces together in a logical way. My testimony of the gospel grew as I learned more about the natural world in college. It was the first time I had lived "on my own" and I relied heavily on my knowledge of God's plan for me while I was so far from home. As an adult, I'm a Mormon for lots of reasons. First of all, because I feel it's the truth. I know Jesus Christ is my own personal Savior, and that I have a Father in Heaven who knows and loves me. I know that there is a specific plan for my life, and that if I live the way I know is right, and keep trying to do better each day, Heavenly Father will lead my life down paths that are better than I could have imagined. I have seen the guidance of the Lord over and over in my life, from little coincidences that make my day go better, to life changing events like the miraculous adoption of my 2 boys. I am a Mormon because it helps me teach my children to be good people, to serve others, and to live clean lives. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a safety net in our world where standards seem to be disappearing all around us. I am a Mormon because I can be with my family forever. I am a Mormon because I love Jesus Christ, and want to learn to be like him, and the gospel helps me do that.

How I live my faith

For the past 8 years, I've had the amazing opportunity to work with the 12-18 year old young women in our church. They face immense challenges trying to live a clean, Christlike life in their schools and peer groups. They are such an example to their friends and to everyone they are around. They show by their example that joy is possible in our world, and they show it while keeping high standards. I live my faith by working to build theirs. I love to teach, and I try to teach by example when I am with them. They are my friends and my sisters, and I have learned so much from them. I am blessed to go with them to camp in the summer, chaperone their dances, get to know them, and to be a part of their lives in many ways. People around me know I'm a Mormon. I try to be approachable about it, and have had opportunities to explain my faith to many friends who have had misconceptions. I share my testimony in small ways by openly discussing what I know to be real, when the opportunity presents. I try to live my life the way I know the Savior lived. I make lots of mistakes, but I keep trying. I try to remember the way the Savior treated people. I think the best way I can live my faith is to serve and care for people, and I try to do that.