Episode 72: Meet Alliegator

Join Lisa as she interviews Alice (Alliegator at FMH) about her life and her belief.

Alliegator was born and raised in Utah by goodly parents who were magnets for interesting people, who greatly enriched her life. She has a bachelors in social work from Utah State University. She is married to an Idaho boy and together they have four boys, a dog, and ten chickens. Alliegator likes running, cycling, reading, blogging, talking about politics and eating food straight out of the garden. Someday she wants to be a family/marriage counselor, because life can be rough and we all need all the help we can get.

2 thoughts on “Episode 72: Meet Alliegator

  1. Loved getting to know more about you Alliegator!

    I do really believe that the idea of “inoculation with the truth,” is a vital part of having people not feel betrayed, but I think it goes far beyond that. We learned a lot of “uncomfortable” Mormon history in seminary, and that went on into the other scriptures as well. We looked at the faults in many of the biblical prophets, in the Apostles, and in prophets and leaders in the Book of Mormon. We were trained to see that everyone, no matter what their calling of station in life, could become the next bishop, Stake President, or prophet.

    We were also challenged to show we understood the scriptures by writing a scripture story from the perspective of someone we know was there, but don’t have their account. A number of those people just happen to have been women. (And the boys were much more likely to be given the perspective of a woman to write, and if the view was “too shallow,” the young man got the chance to rewrite it, and then share both versions with the class.) We were raised in the “mission field.”

    When CES couldn’t find a teacher willing to leave Zion for more than a year, to teach us, they instead hired a professor of hospitality and entertainment, whose minor had been religious studies, way back as an undergraduate. He was already used to all the “Godless liberals,” and his wife already lived here, so she wasn’t going to leave to visit family in Zion and refuse to come back. (That poor seminary teacher shared a house with 4 missionaries for the rest of the school year until his contract was up.) I hear he was an “easy A,” but I prefer my hard earned inoculation.

    I often run into people in the middle of a faith crisis who tell my that the things they have learned are so terrible that they could never have faith in the church again. I tell them that I have yet to find out something that wasn’t at least briefly touched on, or alluded to in seminary, and most of them we went over in detail. I am often called a liar after they share the “great betrayal,” and I tell them that we did indeed talk about that particular issue. From seer stones in hats, to Mountain Meadows and racist Brigham who damned Emma to hell on multiple occasions, although like everything, (including visions) there are some accounts that are more of less complete, and whose details are murkier than correlation likes to admit.

    My knowledge that every prophet is a flawed man in some areas of his life, allowed me to take the unrighteous judgment of a bishop, and then my peers, and find a deeper relationship with my Heavenly Parents. While I worried about hearing the voice of my Parents, and especially my mother, my seminary teacher invited me to join him giving firesides on unrighteous dominion, and after attending a “practice” of the material for my seminary class, my Stake President invited me to be part of all the firesides, and to start taking the sacrament again. He joined the Deacons that weekend, and personally served me the sacrament. I truly saw the Savior in his countenance as I accepted first the bread and then the water from this wonderful man who I had known since I was a toddler, stepping forward and making it clear to a the gossips in the ward that he considered me worthy. (I still weep every time I write or talk about it.)

    I have been given more reasons to leave than most, and as I move through another great trial of my faith, I do not know for sure that I will stay. If I can make it through another betrayal by leaders, it will be because of the knowledge and faith of a seminary teacher.

  2. This was great to listen to, Alliegator, and I enjoyed meeting you and your parents at Sunstone! (Parents who go to Sunstone with their kids? How awesome is that?)

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