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Ron and Carol Allen

Over a span of twenty years, they were blessed to

have ten children, five girls and five boys. Nine survive to this day, giving their parents thirty-nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

All nine children attended BYU. Two of the girls are

nurses, one son excels in sales, and the other four boys are dentists. All have eternal companions who attended BYU, including an engineer, a nurse, an accountant, a police officer, an office manager, and several homemakers.

Ten years into Ron’s thirty-plus-year career in

orthodonics, the Allens purchased fourteen acres of farm­ land thirteen miles southeast of Portland in Clackamas, on which they built their dream home where they raised their large family. The cows, turkeys, chickens, dogs, cats, fruit trees, vegetable gardens, barns, rabbits, hay, and


good neighbors all served the primary purpose of raising a

Utah State University in 1957. Ron had returned from

the Eastern States Mission the previous year. They were

finished their educations, the timing was right for Ron

married in the Logan Temple on August 1, 1958. Four years

and Carol to sell their paradise to the North Clackamas

at Utah State; four years at the University of Washington;

Parks for a community park, replete with softball, baseball,

three years with the United States Air Force, including

football, soccer, and lacrosse fields. The park was to be

one year in Thailand during the Vietnam War; and two

contiguous with a simultaneously constructed elemen­

more years at the University of Washington set the stage

tary school and high school to the south of the park. The

for endless possibilities, the realities of which they could

proceeds from the sale of their home and property made it

not foresee or even dream possible. But from the vantage

possible for them to fund a charitable trust given to BYU to

of fifty wonderful years together, they can now discern the

promote the threefold mission of the Church.

on and Carol Allen met on a blind date at

family unto the Lord. When the children all had families of their own and

fruits of their labors.



onated funds made possible a beautiful

blessing the worldwide Church as video clips

photo history titled Hallowed Ground,

are being broadcast by BYU-TV and KBYU-TV.

Sacred Journeys: Salt Lake City, An Ensign

to the Nations. The book takes readers on a

ects such as this? One donor wrote that while

Why do people donate to ambitious proj-

virtual tour of significant sites and includes a

he found great value in studying economics and

DVD-ROM with hundreds of photos not found

music, “it was my religion classes that inspired

in the book. Video clips are narrated by Lloyd

a shaky freshman to gain a vibrant testimony of

D. Newell and others. A companion volume

the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and to

outlines walking tours around downtown Salt

go on to serve a mission. Out of that has grown

Lake City. The books and DVD-ROM feature

a lifetime commitment to sacred covenants. In

sites such as the Salt Lake Temple, the Beehive

the world, we have choices to make between

House, the Lion House, the Conference Center,

good, better, and best. Donations to Religious

the Family History Center, the Capitol, and the

Education seem to fit in the highest category

expand our understanding of the eternities and

Pioneer Memorial Museum. Now the project is

because of the way faculty members help to

bring others to salvation.”

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2009 Winter Review Magazine (2.1)  
2009 Winter Review Magazine (2.1)  

BYU Religious Education Review magazine provides readers with information about BYU’s college of Religious Education, the Religious Studies...