Hi I'm Alan
I am a dad and a grandpa. I have lived in Kansas most all my life. I work for the US Army as a civilian employee.
Why I am a Mormon
I became a Mormon when I was sixteen years old after reading the Book of Mormon and finding its teachings valuable. It led me to Christ. It is a book of great value to me. I feel the Holy Spirit when I live by its teachings and those of the New Testament gospels.
What have you done successfully to shield your family from unwanted influences?
We teach our children correct principles from the scriptures and from the teachings of our church leaders. We select entertainment that makes us feel happy, moved, or desirous to do good, or is just plain funny!
What is hope and what do you hope for?
Hope is a feeling a "certainty" or of "being sure" that God loves me and is pleased with what I have done, am doing, or plan to do. It is an assurance that I am on the path that leads to eternal life. It is a certainty that Jesus Christ really did atone for all of my sins and that I will be saved.
Can you talk about the missions of the Church and your participation in them?
When I was nineteen years old, I was a Mormon Missionary in Milan Italy and some of the cities nearby, such as Turin and Genoa, and also Lugano, Switzerland. This was a two-year long mission. My only preparation was a two-month crash course in Italian and in "how to teach the gospel" at Brigham Young University at Provo, Utah. It was hard work, at times discouraging and at times exhilirating.
How has the Holy Ghost helped you?
The Holy Ghost told me that the Book of Mormon was from God. When I asked Him to tell me if the Book of Mormon was true, I just KNEW it. Another time later, I was pondering whether to ask a young woman to be my wife. I prayed and asked God if I should marry her. I felt that I should re-phrase the question. so I asked god if I should ask her to marry me. I then felt a calm assurance that it was a very good and right thing to do. Sometimes I am tempted to sin. The Holy Ghost warns me that I ought not do do that. When I try to do good, the Holy Ghost makes me feel happy and "right" inside.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
Jesus taught us to love one another. He taught us to turn the other cheek and to not revile against others. He taught us to be peacemakers. I have tried to do this. It is not easy to do, but God is merciful. He wants us to succeed. By His grace, I will succeed in this and in other ways, to become more like Him.
How I live my faith
We study the scriptures every day as a family and meet together for gospel study and fun on Monday evenings. I try to be a good citizen of my nation and community. I was asked to assist our Stake President (leader of several Mormon congregations in the area) to succeed in ministering to the needs of the people of the church in this area. I do this by making appointments for people needing to see him and by helping plan area Church conferences a few times a year. My son and I visit a few families in our congregation every month to minister to them. I try to be a good Christian. It isn't always easy, but God is very merciful and I keep trying.