Latter-day Saints may associate Pennyâ€™s name (Penelope Moody Allen) with the texts of hymns no. 143, â€œLet the Holy Spirit Guide,â€ and no. 71, â€œWith Songs of Praiseâ€ in the Churchâ€™s hymnal. Penny was born and raised in California. She received her bachelorâ€™s from San Jose State and her masterâ€™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. Pennyâ€™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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||Penelope Moody Allen|
||B.A. from San Jose State|
M.A. from Brigham Young University
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||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.
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