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Hi I'm Allen

I'm a son, brother, nephew, cousin, friend, lover, student, teacher, creator and observer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have an amazing family who is the center of my world. I have two younger brothers, two selfless parents, and an extended family that continues to grow. Music is an important part of life to me. I've played the piano for 13 years and write my own music. A piano bench is the most comfortable piece of furniture for me. In front of a piano I feel the companionship of an old undying friend. Through my relationship with my instrument and the music that ensues I find my perfect form of expression - and worship.

Why I am a Mormon

Besides being born into the covenant, I am Mormon because I believe with all my being in the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ - including the truths brought back through the prophet Joseph Smith. I will be the first to admit the difficulties or perceived inconveniences of following a life according to the Churches standards. We are called to be active members, actively involved in worship of God and fellowship of our fellow women and men. This requires energy and dedication. Living a life within Church standards requires a lifestyle in many ways contrary to the modern one. As a consequence, we may feel a sense of alienation. But the personal, familial, spiritual, and communal growth that comes through the sacrifice of dedication and love gives us a joy exponential to a life of convenience.

How I live my faith

Here, I will quote the prophet Joseph Smith: "We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may." Apart from attending weekly meetings, I enjoy worshiping with my family as we enjoy our company and invite the good feeling of the Holy Spirit. I find my love and appreciation of music, nature, and all things praise-worthy as an act of worship. I continually praise and thank Heavenly Father for the amazing world he has created. And as dark and unfortunate are some lives, relationships, experiences, happenings, the light is found within. God is always with us.

What is faith?

"Faith is knowing the sun will rise, lighting each new day. Faith is knowing the Lord will hear my prayers each time I pray. Faith is like a little seed: If planted it will grow. Faith is a swelling within my heart. When I do right, I know" Absolutely everything in life that is worthwhile requires faith. Faith is the power of now. A true understanding of the importance and definition of faith will come only through self-seeking. Faith is the foundation of all righteousness. Show more Show less