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Hi I'm Al

About Me

I am a dad, a grandfather and a great-grandfather. I am a convert to the LDS Church and have been an active member for 54 years. During my working career, I served in the U.S. Navy, taught school and was involved in law enforcement. I am now retired and busily engaged in the work of the Lord. I teach priesthood classes, I am an ordinance worker in a temple and serve as the Sunday School president in our local congregation. My wife and I have served a full-time mission as senior missionary coordinators for humanitarian and welfare missionaries in the Church Office Building in Salt Lake City, Utah. I enjoy golf, reading and being with my wife and our large family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was not raised by my parents to be a member of any church, but I leaned heavily toward the Baptist faith, even to the extent of becoming a baptized member. I attended church quite regularily during my high school years, but after joining the Navy I pretty much stopped going. In 1956, I met a lovely young school teacher who was a Mormon. She introduced me to the missionaries and within a month, I was baptized and became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We were later married and sealed in the Swiss Temple while I was serving in the military in Germany. My conversion was fast and simple. As I listened to the missionary lessons and studied the Book of Mormon and other scriptures, the message that was brought to me about the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon and other Latter-Day scriptures revealed to me that this was indeed Christ's church and I was being led to it by the power of the Holy Ghost and the Light of Christ. I had absolutely no reservations at that time and have never had any since. My testimony of the gospel has grown over the years as I have experienced its power in my life and the lives of my family. I stand firm in my faith and would not deny it, reqardless of the consequences.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being true and faithful to the covenants which I have taken with my Heavenly Father. These covenants include, but are not limited to attending my church meetings, giving service, paying a full tithe, honoring my priesthood, supporting and sustaining my leaders, both local and general and being a law abiding citizen of my community. Being retired, I can devote more time to church service than those who are not retired. This is a true blessing to me and my loved ones. I find that as I serve I become more patient, more loving and have more understanding of gospel principles. I enjoy teaching and I particularily enjoy serving in the House of the Lord--the Holy Temples which are beginning to dot the earth worldwide.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Al
It is a commandment that we should allow no unclean thing into our bodies, especially in reference to what we eat and drink. Basically, it is a law of health that over the years has proven to be a blessing to those who obey it to the best of their ability. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Al
The Law of Chastity simply means that I will remain faithful and true to my legally and lawfully wedded wife and will not engage in sexual activities outside the marriage covenant. If I were not married, it would mean that I would keep myself sexually pure and undefiled so that I could faithfully and truefully enter into the marriage covenant with a pure and honest conscience. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Al
These missionary activities are funded in two ways. First, by individual missionaries who have worked and saved for this very purpose and secondly, by their families and others who give financial support to them. Show more Show less