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Hi I'm Roy Allen 

I grew up on a cotton farm. I have spent my life teaching people with mild handicapping conditions how to read. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired school teacher after 33 years in the classroom teaching grades K through college level. My main interest was teaching reading to children who were having difficulty. My last 14 years I taught in the elementary school working with kindergarten, first, and second graders who were the lowest in their classes. I developed a volunteer program that involved neighbors near the school, men from a local service club, parents and grandparents of the children, and students from a local university who were studying students with mild handicapping conditions. We had great success. Many of the children have graduated from college, some with honors. My wife and I have seven children and 23 grandchildren. All of our grandchildren could read before starting school using the program I learned while teaching. This helped them be successful in school. I have helped several parents on the phone learn to teach their own children how to read. We enjoy spending time with our grandchildren and Square Foot Gardening in our backyard.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized by my father, who held the Priesthood, when I was 8 years old. That was just the thing we did as children. That ordinance did not come because I had a testimony of the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That testimony came when I was a student at a university where I was involved in the religion class about the Book of Mormon. Each night I would read the assigned reading and then kneel and pray about what I had read. The book promises that one will come to know the truth by the power of the Holy Ghost. That happened to me. As I read an assurance came over me that what I was reading was true. The message continually encouraged me to live a better life. I was already trying to live right, but the encouragement helped me over some rough times. I bought the cassettes and I have listened to the book over the years and I continue to find the book encouraging me to follow the Savior. Since I have taught young children much of my life I have a keen interest in them. Therefore my favorite part of the Book of Mormon can be found in 3rd Nephi when the Savior came to visit the people in America. He blesses the young children and then allows many angels to come to visit them. This forms beautiful pictures in my mind. I know the Book of Mormon was translated by the gift and power of God. I did a readability study of the book and found different levels of difficulty in different places--5th grade level in First Nephi, 8th grade level in Alma, and College level with many of the things Jesus Christ taught in 3rd Nephi. Joseph Smith, according to his wife and mother had little formal education and during the time of the translation both individuals said he had difficulty writing a 3 to 4 sentence letter. To change levels of writing as I found throughout the book would be impossible. I know that if one will read and pray about the book they will come to know as I did that it is true.

How I live my faith

During the past 5 years my wife and I have devoted much of our time to helping people who are out of work, for one reason or another, find employment. It has been a very rewarding experience for us. We have been successful in helping many put their profile and resume into the computer, then teaching them how to use the computer to locate jobs. That, along with working with individual grandchildren, making dresses and blankets for humanitarian needs, and gardening, we have a rich life.