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Hi I'm Allen

About Me

I've been a Mormon for most of my life, joining the Church slightly before my twelfth birthday. I'm a father to three sons, all grown. I'm married to the love of my life, the only wife I have ever known.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I choose to be one every day of my life. I remember taking the missionary discussions when I was a child; I remember receiving the witness of the Spirit that what I was hearing was true. It is still true; I have received that same witness over and over again throughout my life. I am a Mormon because I know the gospel of Jesus Christ is true, because I know Joseph Smith restored the gospel, and because I know that the Church has the divine authority to administer in God's ordinances.

How I live my faith

I've served as the bishop of my ward for just over four years. Our ward is relatively small and transient. I love the people I serve with and the people I serve. I typically spend all day Sunday and at least two evenings a week serving in the ward. (That doesn't count the occasional third evening or the times I need to help others during weekdays.) I provide this service because of my love for the ward members and my love for Christ.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

We perform baptisms for the dead so we can help those who no longer can help themselves. God has stated that baptism is a necessary ordinance to enter His kingdom. It is a beautiful doctrine that God loves His children enough to provide a way that those who died without baptism can receive the ordinance--if they so choose--so their entrance into His kingdom can occur. Show more Show less