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Hi I'm Chad Allen

I love art. I'm a curator for an art gallery. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love the creative process. Whether it’s planting a garden, visiting a new city or climbing a mountain – life is more beautiful and fulfilling when I’m learning and growing from my experiences. My wife and three children are my greatest blessings from the past twenty-four years and I cherish the time I’m with them. I love art, gardening and community involvement and believe if the world is to change for the better it must start with me.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young man I had many doubts and worries about life and what the future held. The world seemed like a very dark and angry place full of hate and bitterness. Although a Mormon since birth, I had never sincerely put my faith to the test. It seemed logical to begin there. When I began studying the scriptures daily, praying and fasting for answers my heart was changed. Pessimism and negativity were replaced by hope, love and charity. My life became happier, I smiled more and life became a beautiful blessing to look forward to. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ and seek to emulate Him and His teachings in every way possible. While He has asked me to be perfect I know the only way to do that is through his atonement and the blessing of repentance. This is only possible because Christ and our Heavenly Father live and want us to become like them.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is about putting the teachings of Jesus Christ into action and asking, “How is the world a better place because of me?” Sunday I attend church where I learn more of Jesus Christ and how His life and example can be integrated into my actions. Rather than telling others about my faith I would rather they witness what my faith has enabled me to become – it’s faith in action. 1 Peter 3:15 says it best: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.” I'm a volunteer member of our community arts council, teach gardening classes, and have served as a leader in the Boy Scouts of America. I'm an active participant in the political process and have been a delegate to county and state political conventions. When a landslide destroyed several homes in our community our family participated in a fundraiser to raise money for the affected families. We also raised funds and negotiated a contract to open an art gallery that features student, amateur and professional artists in our community. Five years ago I donated a kidney to a person I had never met. My reasons for doing so were the continual promptings from the Holy Ghost urging my forward and assuring me it was the right thing to do. Such moments of clarity give me ongoing cause to live my faith in a manner that will allow these treasured insights to continue to pour from heaven that I might be of benefit to my fellow beings on this earth. These are reasons of my hope in Jesus Christ.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Chad Allen
My most important success is my family - careers, education, money or even fame my compete but nothing else can compare or take its place. My earthly family is the beginning of my eternal family and therefore lasts beyond mortality. When something has eternal significance then it takes on increased meaning relevance. With this kind of vision my choices are more carefully considered, pondered and prayed about. With heaven's and my family's help my decisions not only bless me but also bless my marriage and my children. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Chad Allen
We believe in Christ! He is at the very center of the restored gospel that began with His appearance to Joseph Smith. We pray, bless, ordain and make covenants in His name. It is through His atonement alone that we can return to His presence and partake of eternal life. We read from the Old, New and Another Testament of Him and His teachings among the people of this earth. All things testify of Christ! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Chad Allen
Life does not end with death. We live on and not alone but with our families, friends and loved ones. The relationships we have on earth will continue in accordance with divine covenants, the sealing powers of the priesthood and according to the grace, mercy and wisdom of our Heavenly Father. His vision of who we are and what we'll one day become is what governs the unique schooling and experience we have in mortality. He knows us by name and as we seek to know and cleave unto Him and His Son, Jesus Christ we will come to not only understand and be consoled the trials and troubles of life but rejoice more fully in the triumphs and victories. Our eternal lives will be ones of happiness, gratitude and becoming like He is. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Chad Allen
It is a blessing to pay tithing. I know the money I contribute goes towards building temples, meeting houses and funding the needs of the Church. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Chad Allen
In The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, there's a verse describing Christians who lived upon the American continent prior to the time of Christ. They had scriptures with them with prophesies from the Old Testament as well as prophets among them who testified of Christ's birth, death and resurrection. In the second book, fifth chapter and twenty-seventh verse it says, "We lived after the manner of happiness." That's what the Mormon lifestyle is like. Living the gospel empowers and expands my ability to choose and take advantage of opportunities. Service is a part of the lifestyle. I've taught children in the nursery at church on Sunday and played the piano for congregational hymns. Everyone has something to offer - something that will bless the lives of their brothers and sisters. Show more Show less