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Hi I'm Alan

I know why I'm here on earth what God expects of me and how I can live happily. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I are the grateful parents of 10 children, 35 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. I've been a small business owner for 38 years, and currently work as a corporate trainer. I enjoy serving and lifting others. My hobbies are reading, the outdoors, fly fishing, and sports.

Why I am a Mormon

I obtained a testimony of the restored gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith as a young man after having sincerely search, pondered and prayed about the Book of Mormon and by living the teachings of the Lord through His servants the prophets and apostles. My great-great grandfather was the first convert of my family to join the LDS Church. He was the first of forty-three ministers of the United Brethren Church in England who was baptized a member of the Church. He was soon joined by 600 members of the United Brethren congregations. I wanted to learn about my ancestry and find for myself the truth of the legacy they bequeathed me.

How I live my faith

I prayerfully search and ponder the scriptures and teachings of the apostles and prophets every morning. I diligently try to remember what I learn and apply it in my daily decisions. I have received by the power of the Holy Ghost a witness that the God of Heaven is my Eternal Father; that Jesus Christ is His Only Begotten Son and my Savior; Through the companionship of the Holy Ghost I feel the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ in my life. I try daily to recognize, acknowledge, and record the tender mercies of the Lord received by me and those around me. I seek to do what the Lord would do in my daily experiences, if He were personally here.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

We have come to earth to obtain a physical body, learn and apply the principles of God's law given for our happiness and salvation, and prepare to return to our Father in Heaven's presence after we die and receive the blessings of the resurrection made available to us through the atonement, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. If we learn the laws of God, exercise the faith to repent and obey, receive all the ordinances of His gospel, and live what we learn, we will inherit the kingdom of God with our families and be capable of living the kind of life our Eternal Father and His Son enjoy. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

We belief the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly. I have read, searched, pondered and prayed about the teachings of the Bible throughout my life. I have tried to live its teachings and do as Jesus would do, if He were here. It has blessed my life richly and abundantly. I have also received a witness of the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. It is another witness that Jesus is the Christ and confirms the testimonies of the prophets of the Old and New Testaments. It also contains the account of the Saviors visit to the inhabitants of the America's following His resurrection. I have prayerfully searched, pondered, and applied its teachings and have appreciated this second witness of the word's of Jesus Christ and His servants the prophets. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

It is the authority of God delegated to man, even as Aaron, for the purpose of teaching the plan of happiness and salvation among God's children here on earth. If a man prepares himself according to the laws of God to receive the priesthood,even as Aaron, and magnify his callings, he may exercise the authority and power of the priesthood to bless his family and others with all the spiritual blessings of God's kingdom on earth and in the world to come. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things. But,if we have faith, we hope for things not seen which are true. For example, we may decide to plant a beautiful garden after having someone teach us the true principles upon which we can plant, nurture, cultivate, and bring forth the fruit we desire. Applying faith in Jesus Christ enables us to take hold of the eternal love our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ have for each of us. If we will humble ourselves with a sincere desire to know the truth, we can prayerfully study, ponder and act upon the words of God as contained in the holy scriptures and teachings of true prophets and apostles of Jesus Christ, and the promises contained therein will produce the fruit we desire in our lives. The plan of happiness and salvation will be unfolded unto us line upon line as we apply the precepts we learn. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Our purpose here on earth is to be happy and prepare to meet God again when we leave this life. Our Father in Heaven knew before we were born that we would make mistakes and experience death. He sent Jesus Christ to pay for the penalties of sin and overcome death. By exercising faith in Jesus Christ, we can partake of the grace of Christ, receive a remission of sins, be strengthened against further sin, and be enabled to become like Jesus and our Father in Heaven. Our Father in Heaven has declared His work and glory: "To bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." This is why Jesus came to earth as He declared: "This is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent." Show more Show less