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Hi I'm Allan

Raised in York, now living in Edinburgh. Devoted husband and father and a consultant at the RBL Group!

About Me

After serving a mission in Montreal, Canada I returned to the UK and was married here in 2002. My wife and I moved our family to Australia and the US for work purposes before returning to the Edinburgh area in 2008. We love it here. Our little ones have clean air to breathe, room and space to grow, hills close by to climb and extended family members nearby. I work as a principal consultant, managing the European operations of a well known US firm. We work in the strategic HR and leadership space. I feel fortunate to work with some of the worlds best organisations and brands. I recently co-authored a book with some of my work colleagues who are very well published. Exciting! I play football once a week and get in as many miles as I can on my road bike to keep my ever expanding stomach in check.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptised aged 19 while studying at university. I was introduced to the Church by a friend who seemed different to everyone else. She was full of faith and hope. She was wise in her decision making. She seemed genuinely happy to be alive. I remember the night I first read from the Book of Mormon. I don't have any particular memories about the text that I read that night but I remember how I felt - that God knew me and that for some reason I mattered to Him. I met with two missionaries who taught me the gospel. They taught me about the plan of salvation and began to help me understand why I'm here. It felt like a jigsaw puzzle coming back together. It felt right. I began to read the scriptures with intent to know the truth. As I read, learned, pondered and prayed I felt the truth. I liken my experience to being in a darkened room. Slowly but surely the lights in the room became brighter and brighter. The gospel helped me to see the world around me more clearly and became a compass to guide me on my journey. As I read the scriptures and ponder on the life of the Saviour I marvel at the miracles He wrought. I know that He performed them. I know that He healed and blessed the lives of those He associated with. I know it because I've felt of His healing and blessed hand in my own life. He has made my own special relationships more sweet than I ever imagined they could be. He has healed me and helped me to see more clearly. I feel as though I was once spiritually blind, feeling my way through life as best as I could but without real meaning or direction. His introduction in my life changed my life. He restored my sight in His own miraculous way. I love Him for all He has done. He is my Saviour. He is also yours.

How I live my faith

For the last few years I've served as a stake president in the Edinburgh area. Stake president's essentially help to ensure the congregations in a specific region are well led and the members of those congregations are spiritually nurtured and well taken care of. I work on a daily basis with members of the Church from the Scottish borders up to Stirling. It's a marvellous experience to teach the gospel and to be taught by faithful members as we strive to express our values and live our faith together. I spend time regularly with the bishops who lead the local congregations. It's a wonderful blessing to associate and engage with them as they work to better establish the Church and strengthen the members. I am an ordinary person but feel engaged in an extraordinary work. I particularly enjoy working with the young people in the region. They have remarkable strength and faith and inspire me each time I interact with them. I'm assigned to teach and lead them but feel as though at times they are in the driving seat. That's a good feeling. I've been engaged in helping many of our young people in recent years apply to serve full-time missions for the Church. We've seen some of the very best young people in the land serve the Lord as missionaries in many far flung corners of the world. At the time of writing we have young people from this area in New Zealand, South Africa, the United States, England and Germany. My current Church responsibilities have given me a huge appreciation for the sheer diversity that exists among the members here. Some of the Church members in Scotland are third and fourth generation members. Many are recently baptised. We have people from many nationalities in our congregations who work in many different types of job. In spite of the huge diversity there's a lovely unity. It's a unity that comes from knowing that we are all children of God and that He loves us.

What is the priesthood?

The priesthood is the authority to act in God's name. It provides male members of the Church with the opportunity to serve and the authority to perform ordinances such as baptism. Each week at Church priesthood holders gather together in quorums to be instructed in their duties. Show more Show less