Hi I'm Alan
I was born and raised out in the country near Austin, Minnesota. I am now married and work at Pace Dairy as a maintenance mechanic. I love life. I like to have good days and get along well with others. I think that life is too short to be upset, irritated or angry. I enjoy hunting, fishing and a lot of other outdoor activities. Being Minnesotan, I love the snow. I guess I have to since it's here for 6 months a year. I consider myself just an average guy, which I enjoy. It helps me relate with and befriend others.
Why I am a Mormon
I am Mormon because, even though I was raised in the church, I developed a desire from an early age to know for myself if it is the true church. I wanted to develop my own testimony about the Savior and Start my own forever family. I am a Mormon because there is never a Sunday that doesn't feel special to me. It is the Sabbath Day and the more reverent I am on that day the better I feel. Sunday helps me prepare for the week and gives me the strength I need to be a good example to those around me. I have learned where I came from, why I am here on earth and where I'm going after this life. I am a Mormon because that gives me a focussed view into my own potential and into eternity.
Why/How do you share the gospel with your friends?
I have been given recent instruction which was to not skip over Sunday when asked "how was your weekend?" I have engaged and participated in more Gospel conversations with that approach than any other approach that I have ever tried. I share the Gospel with my friends and all others because I want them to hear it! It is the message of salvation and redemption that can be had by anyone. I also share the Gospel by example most of all. That requires no explanation or words at all. It is amazing how far an example can be taken to have an effect on people.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
The Book of Mormon has brought me closer to God because it is absolute truth. Not only is it "absolute truth," if I read it with full intent to learn something, I am given guidance and direction that specifically applies to my life. Even though it has MANY stories and teachings that happened lifetimes ago; it was truth then and it is truth now. Everyone can learn from the truth. It never changes.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by having regular personal worship (prayer and scripture study), putting the Savior Jesus Christ first in my life, being an example to everyone around me that hopefully shines a good light on who I am and on what we believe as members of the church, I live my standards that I set, I honor my wife and my family to the best of my ability, and I make sure that I serve others and always remember that all that I am I owe to my Heavenly Father.