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Hi I'm Allen

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 78 years old, and I'm an active runner, blogger, husband, and grandfather to 11 grandchildren. My running blogs are http://oldmanrunning.org and http://runninginjuryfree.org My religious blogs are http://mormonsite.wordpress.com and http://ldsgateway.wordpress.com

Why I am a Mormon

My belief in Jesus Christ gives me hope, hope that is needed in this wicked, but still beautiful, world. This hope helps me to love others and to forgive those who hurt me. This hope helps me realize that trials and hardships are given by God to help me grow to be more like Jesus Christ. This hope is my foundation for making decisions. This hope extends to life after death. I realize that death is merely a step forward in my growth, like going from one room to another. I have hope of seeing and being with my Father in Heaven after I die. I have hope of seeing and being with Jesus Christ after I die. I have hope of seeing and being with my loved ones after I die. All Christians have a love of Jesus Christ and want to be with him. I am a Christian and a Mormon because being a Mormon gives me a greater love of Christ and greater hope of eternal life with him. Jesus Christ is my mentor and example. I hope that through watching my life people will have a greater love of Christ and a greater desire to be with him.

How I live my faith

I'm who I am. I don't try to be someone else. I don't try to portray myself in ways that are false. My religion and my belief in Jesus Christ are part of me. I am who I am, a disciple of Christ.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Allen
No, of course not. We respect him as a leader. We worship our Father in Heaven and His only begotten son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Allen
Jesus Christ suffered and died for our sins such that we wouldn't have to suffer for them if we would allow his Atonement to come into our lives. Jesus provided the Atonement and forgiveness of sins through his grace, the love of God, but he requires that we accept him as our savior and that we repent of our sins before he will allow his atonement to cleanse us. God's purpose is that we become more like him. Repentance is God's way of our changing our behavior. We repent and change our lives, but this repentance doesn't bring forgiveness of our sins. Forgiveness of our sins comes completely through the grace of God through the Atonement. I think of repentance as the doorway through which the Atonement comes into our lives. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Allen
We believe that we lived with our Father in Heaven before were born into mortality. We learned and grew as His spirit children. Eventually, the time came that we could not continue to grow, and we chose to be born in mortality knowing we would not continually be in the presence of God and would thus learn to live by faith. As mortals we learn through faith and prayer as we struggle to over come the temptations and trials of mortality and to rise to a higher level of spirituality. When the time comes that we pass out of mortality, we will return to God and will take with us the knowledge and growth that came to us in mortality. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Allen
This is one thing that I am very grateful for. The Law of Chastity means that my wife and I will have intimate relations with each other and no one else. I trust her and she trusts me. We lived in Phoenix for quite a few years, and each summer she would take our kids to Salt Lake City to visit relatives for a month; I would stay in Phoenix. At the end of the month, I would drive to Phoenix and bring them home. The women in our Phoenix neighborhood couldn't believe that she would leave her husband alone for a month. She trusted me, and I trusted her. We've been married for 50 years, and we still trust each other! Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Allen
I've been a member of the Mormon Church all my life, so to me being a Mormon is normal. Basically, I'm a shy person. I like to be by myself. However, being a Mormon, and a husband and father, means that I will be with others. I will be a teacher and counselor and friend and neighbor to others. I will be taught by others. I will do acts of service to others, and they will do acts of service to me. This social interaction has been hard for me, and I'm grateful for the environment of the Mormon Church such that I'm slowly coming out of my cocoon and am learning to be a healthy and productive member of society. If I didn't have the Church, I would live my life mostly alone, and when my time came to pass on, I probably wouldn't have much to show for my time on earth. Yes, I would have been a productive engineer and web site designer and blogger, but those things pertain to mortality, and my growth in those areas might not mean much to me after I die. As it is, because I'm a Mormon I am having many opportunities to influence others in positive ways, and when I die I will have not only memories of my associations with others but the growth that am making through those associations. Show more Show less