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Hi I'm Alec

I'm a Mormon. After lengthy careers in government service and business, I now serve as a volunteer in community organizations.

About Me

I was born in Provo, Utah, son of an artist dad and an educator/poet mom. I was raised to love nature, beauty and integrity. I loved sports as a lad and played football briefly at Brigham Young University. I've shared that love of sports with kids as a soccer, basketball and track coach and as a referee. I served two years in Northern England as a volunteer helping families improve their relationships together and with their God. I love the English people, the land and its history. I loved my university experience because of the opportunity to look at things from perspectives I would never have imagined. I was drafted into the US Army during Viet Nam war, where I learned many things from my fellow soldiers and their families. I met my wife, Linda McDonald, when she was a teen and I waited to "date" her until after my mission when she felt old enough to seriously date. We have raised 5 kids and they and their spouses have given us 16 grandchildren who bring incredible joy to Linda and me. I hope to be of service to my fellows until I die. I run for my health, fish to be in beautiful surroundings and golf to provide humility. I volunteer to give back to my fellows because I have been profoundly blessed.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a family heritage of Mormon church participation for several generations. Some of my ancestors died walking across country to try to join with the body of the church. But I made my personal choice to be a strong and active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I received a personal witnesses through the Holy Spirit of that God lives, Jesus Christ is his only begotten son and my Savior, that He restored His church through the prophet Joseph Smith and that he leads us today, if we will listen, through modern prophets. I have found that service and membership in the Church is a great source of happiness in my life. It provides me with opportunities to sacrifice and serve, to love others and to express it in action and to continue to learn sacred and deeply meaningful information about why I am here on earth, where I came from and where I can go after I die. I have received comfort and assurance from the Holy Spirit that I must continue to commit to serve God's children. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have found that consistency of belief and action is an on-going effort that is worth the striving. I believe I am a child of God and that all of his children are precious to him. Therefore, I try to be of service to others. I have many "hobby interests" and love to try new diversions, but I try to assure that they are a lesser priority to working by assignment or via initiative to help others with life issues. I have served for many years working with families and individuals to help them achieve safe , clean housing, social and physical health and spiritual peace and joy. I am grateful for that opportunity. I believe in God and that He cares about us and that we must order and arrange our lives to reflect His love for all of our fellow beings in all we do and say. I fall short of that goal but believe that striving is the imperative.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

We believe that God is our literal father - that we lived with him as spirits before we came to earth and that he provided a plan - a plan of happiness - that allowed us to come to earth to obtain a body and to be tested to see if we would choose to love God and to serve his children honorably and humbly. We believe he sent his son to atone for sins - mine and yours - so we can become clean and therefore able to return to God's presence after we die. We believe that Jesus overcame death through the resurrection and that we will all be resurrected through Christ Jesus' free gift to all mankind. We believe God knows us and hears our prayers and that he is vitally concerned with our lives. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Members of the Mormon church seek to encourage others to live in accord with the teachings of Jesus. We believe that profession of belief is insufficient and that action among our local church unit and in service to others - not of our faith- in the communioty is important. We commit significant time to the work of the church in serving God's children. We commit to give of all we have to allow the Church to help people all over the world. This level of commitment seems foreign to many and we have been labeled because of it. Show more Show less