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Hi I'm Alan

I'm a husband, father, software developer, board and video game enthusiast in Colorado.

About Me

I'm a father of five children (4 boys and a girl), and have a loving, awesome wife. We've been married for over 20 years and still love spending time together. I enjoy spending time with my family, and my favorite time is Sunday evening when our family spends time together playing board games (Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, Dominion, speed scrabble, Ticket to Ride and other fun games from our collection). By profession I'm a computer programmer and develop website and automation applications for my company. I have several children interested in video games, okay all of my children. Someday we would like to develop some games together. Today we mostly just play video games together, even with my son who is off at college. I also love the mountains, and Colorado is a great place to live if you like the mountains. In the summer I spend time backpacking, hiking and mountain biking in the Colorado mountains. I love the serenity that comes with being out in the wilderness. As a hobby I like to make pottery. I'm not the best, but I enjoy the process of throwing pots on the wheel. It's a way to relax and get away from the computer for awhile. As a youth I served a mission in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was a wonderful two years that I spent with the Puerto Rican people. They are some of the kindest and friendliest people I've met. During those two years I had the opportunity to be a missionary and to teach the Puerto Rican people about Jesus Christ and the Church.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born a member of the Church, I wasn't fully converted until I was a teenager. As with most members of the Church, I can tell you the experience of when I came to know the teachings of the church are true. When I was 17 I was a pretty good kid, but I wasn't sure what I believed. I didn't attend church much, but spent most Sundays training for cycling races or doing other things. I hadn't read the Book of Mormon, and only knew the basic teachings of the Church. At the beginning of my Junior year I was in a serious cycling accident. It was a wake-up call that made me reflect on my life, and what could have been the end of my life. It was then that I started to attend church more, read the Book of Mormon, and to study about Jesus Christ and our purpose here on the earth. During this time I gained some great Mormon friends that helped me along the way. By December of that year I had read the Book of Mormon and knew it was the word of God. I had received a witness from the Holy Ghost of it's truthfulness, but also it all just fit together. The teachings of the Bible fit so closely to the Book of Mormon, and the more I study the stronger my faith has grown. It was in December of my Junior year that I decided I would serve a mission when I was 19 to give others the opportunity to learn about the Church.

How I live my faith

Since returning from my mission I have served in the Church in many different areas. I've taught children and youth from two years old to eighteen. I've also taught many adult classes and have served in many other ways. In the United States the Church supports the Scouting program, and I helped with Cub Scouts and Scouts, along with the Venturing and Varsity programs. Currently, I serve as the Chartered Organization Representative of our congregations Scouting program. I have two children who are Eagle Scouts, and two more who will be soon. I'm also currently volunteering as a counselor to our congregations bishop. The bishop is also a voluntary, unpaid position and is the leader of our congregation. As a counselor I help with various responsibilities to free up the bishops time for the more important things. Like spending time with individual members, or helping to teach the youth to live righteous lives. It's been a wonderful opportunity.