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Penelope Moody Allen

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Penelope "Penny" Moody Allen (born 1939) is a Latter-day Saint poet and hymnwriter. She is at times referred to as just Penny Allen.

Personal life[edit]

Allen was born in Castro Valley, California. She received her bachelor's degree from San Jose State University and her master's degree from Brigham Young University (BYU). Penelope is married to Gary L. Allen.

Prior to her marriage, Allen was a member of the BYU faculty. She was later a homemaker in Bountiful, Utah. The Allens have four children.


Many of her writings have been made as hymns set for children. Some of these have been published by The Friend.[1]

Among the works by Allen in Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is "Let The Holy Spirit Guide".


  1. "Sacred Names of Jesus", The Friend, April 1998, p. 35


  • Penelope Moody Allen at the MLCA Database
  • Karen Lynn Davidson. Stories of Our Latter-day Saint hymns. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book, 1988) p. 341.

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