Hi I'm Alan
My wife and I are the grateful parents of 10 children, 35 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. I've been a small business owner for 38 years, and currently work as a corporate trainer. I enjoy serving and lifting others. My hobbies are reading, the outdoors, fly fishing, and sports.
Why I am a Mormon
I obtained a testimony of the restored gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith as a young man after having sincerely search, pondered and prayed about the Book of Mormon and by living the teachings of the Lord through His servants the prophets and apostles. My great-great grandfather was the first convert of my family to join the LDS Church. He was the first of forty-three ministers of the United Brethren Church in England who was baptized a member of the Church. He was soon joined by 600 members of the United Brethren congregations. I wanted to learn about my ancestry and find for myself the truth of the legacy they bequeathed me.
What has helped develop greater harmony in your home?
Personal religious devotion to daily personal prayers and scripture study, and temple attendance; and, family religious devotion through family prayers, scripture study, family home evenings and wholesome individual and family activities; keeping the Sabbath day holy and attend our Church meetings together, and service in the Church and community as a family.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
I served a full-time mission to North Carolina and Virginia as a 19 year old young man. I did so because I had obtained a personal testimony of the restoration through the Prophet Joseph Smith and of the Book of Mormon. I had earnestly tried to live the gospel and the fruit of the gospel brings security, stability, confidence, and happiness into my life. I receive much joy from my many blessings. I desire that all my brothers and sisters in God's family to enjoy these same blessings and learn for themselves that God lives, we are His children, and He sent His Only Begotten Son in the flesh to show us the way of happiness and salvation, make an atonement for sin, die and rise again.
How does making right choices help us make more right choices?
A happy, abundant and fruitful life results from living by correct principles. The Savior taught: "And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. The fruit of the gospel gradually becomes more and more delicious to us and desirable as we live it. And, the Holy Ghost become a constant companion to us, whose mission is to reveal truth, cleanse and sanctify us, and bear witness of the Father and the Son. These blessings among many others fortify us in the path of right and the confidence that our lives are in harmony with God's will and that He will always bless us in our righteous choices. God is Truth, He is Love, and we are His sons and daughters.
Why do Mormons do family history or genealogy work?
Many blessings come into our lives through family history, genealogy and temple work. First, we learn who we really are by learning of our ancestors and the heritage they have bequeathed us. Second, Elijah the Prophet restored to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith the keys for turning the hearts of fathers and the hearts of children to one another, so that the curses which follow so many in the world might be avoided and families on earth may be strengthened and link families on earth with the generations who have gone before us. And, Third, as we receive the ordinances and covenants of the gospel and live faithfully, we desire to provide these blessings for our forebearers who did not have the privilege of receiving them during their lives. Through family history, genealogy, and temple work, we provide these blessings to our ancestors and build sealing links between our nuclear family and the generational families that preceded us, so that we may live with them again in the kingdom of God in the world to come.
Can you talk about the missions of the Church and your participation in them?
The mission of the Church is the mission defined by the Lord: "To bring to pass the immorality and eternal life of man." Within this mission are four dimensions: 1) The preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all the world; 2) The perfection of God's children who choose to be baptized and confirmed members of His Church her on earth; 3) The redemption of the dead who did not have the opportunity to receive the gospel in this life; and, 4) Providing for the needs of the poor by helping them acquire the basic needs of sustenance and enthrone in their lives the principles of work, self-reliance, and personal and family preparedness. No other joy exceeds the joy of watching my family and our Father in Heaven's other children learn, accept and receive the blessings of the gospel and the happiness these bring into our lives. Sharing the gospel, improving daily and helping others improve, seeking these blessings for our ancestors, and having compassion on the poor among us sharing with them our substance and blessings according to their physical and spiritual needs is what Jesus would do, if He were here. Doing what He would do helps us come to know Him better and partake of the abundant life that He came to bring to all of God's children. Its an honor and blessing to follow Him!
How I live my faith
I prayerfully search and ponder the scriptures and teachings of the apostles and prophets every morning. I diligently try to remember what I learn and apply it in my daily decisions. I have received by the power of the Holy Ghost a witness that the God of Heaven is my Eternal Father; that Jesus Christ is His Only Begotten Son and my Savior; Through the companionship of the Holy Ghost I feel the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ in my life. I try daily to recognize, acknowledge, and record the tender mercies of the Lord received by me and those around me. I seek to do what the Lord would do in my daily experiences, if He were personally here.