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Penny Allen
Latter-day Saints may associate Penny’s name (Penelope Moody Allen) with the texts of hymns no. 143, “Let the Holy Spirit Guide,” and no. 71, “With Songs of Praise” in the Church’s hymnal. Penny was born and raised in California. She received her bachelor’s from San Jose State and her master’s from Brigham Young University. She met Gary Lee Allen while she was on the BYU faculty and in 1963 married him in the Manti Temple. As a stay-at-home mom in Bountiful, Utah, she reared a son and three daughters. Her last paid job was teaching English at the BYU Salt Lake Center. Penny’s poems, articles, and song texts have been published in books of compiled poetry, the Ensign and Friend magazines, and in assorted music formats. Gary and Penny live in Centerville, Utah. [from Discoveries: Two Centuries of Poems by Mormon Women, 103]

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Also Known As Penelope Moody Allen
Birth Date 1939
Education B.A. from San Jose State
M.A. from Brigham Young University
Other Biographical Information Raised in Castro Valley and San Jose, California.
She has produced two novels, the text of a cantata, myriad poems, and two hymns appearing in the 1985 hymnal.

Works by Penny Allen
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YearGenre
Let the Holy Spirit Guide1985Music Lyrics
With Songs of Praise1985Music Lyrics
The Word Was Unperfected Till Made Flesh1990Poetry
Drought1989Poetry
Tefnut1989Poetry
The Coyote1987Poetry
Blackberry1986Poetry
What's Left1983Poetry
Where I Lived Before1982Poetry
Post Partum Blues1980Poetry
I Will One Day Be a Widow, Love1979Poetry
Costly Harvest1978Poetry
CataclysmPoetry
That Which Has Been DonePoetry
The Orchid in the JungleUnassigned


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