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Hi I'm Alan

I am a happily married father and and a grandfather. I work at a large university in the central US.

About Me

My life revolves arround my family, my work at the university, and the Church. I met my wife in college when I was a sophmore and she was a junior. She was smart and athletic and I was immediatly impressed. We married about a year later. When I graduated, I was fortunate enough to be accepted into the graduate program at a major engineering school where I completed a doctorate in Chemical Engineering. I worked in Germany for a short time before securing a faculty postion at a large university in the central United States. I love my job beasue I can watch how people are transformed and ennobled by their education. My wife and I have five sons, a daughter, and seven grandchildren. Our three older boys are married, establishing their own families, and begining their careers. One son is serving a full-time mission in California. The two youngest children are still at home. Since they are deeply invoved in scouting and competative swimming, I spend a fair amount of time at swim meets and sleeping on the ground. At church, I have an upaid position that sends me to a different congregation nearly every Sunday, which has allowed me to make friends accross my state. I am a husband, father, grandfather, educator, engineer and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

The point of being LDS is to develop a deep, rich relationship with God. There are plenty of meetings and actvities, but the most meaningful experiences occur in the quiet moments when I am in touch with the Holy Spirit. In those moments, I have a peace and assurance that this is the church of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I begin and close each day with prayer. Included in my prayers is my desire to be a better disciple of Jesus Christ.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Growing up, I wanted to serve a mission. Since missions are self-funded, I began working as a corn detassler when I was 13. Later, I worked as a janitor, an electrician's assistant, and as a research assistant. I established a mission fund and saved enough for a typical mission. I applied for a mission while I was a sophomore in college. I was fortunate that scholarships, summer jobs, and the support of my parents had allowed me to leave my mission fund untouched. In my application, I indicated a willingness to serve wherever needed. I was called to serve in Germany for two years. Although missionaries live modestly, Germany was expensive and I completely exhausted my mission fund. My parents had helped me with some initial expenses and they agreed to cover the last three months of my time in Germany. I returned with less than $5, but quickly found jobs washing dishes and caring for the elderly. I earned enough to returned to college at the begining of the next school year. The time and money I spent on my mission was worth every minute and every dollar. I have gladly helped my sons to save for their missions and supported them while they were serving. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Like any important decision, take some to time to check things out. Attend some services. Meet the members and the leaders. Chances are you already know a member who will be pleased to go with you and introduce you around. Ask questions. Read through enough of the Book of Mormon that you have a good feel for what it contains. Then, and this is the most important part, find a place like your bedroom where you are least distracted by the rest of the world. Explain to God in your thoughts that you have researched the LDS church and want His guidance. As you pray, you will feel His response in your heart as a sweet peace and you will know what to do. Show more Show less