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Hi I'm Alan

I'm an English husband & father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a devoted husband, and father of three. I'm a business/systems analyst. I enjoy playing board games, and getting out and about with my family, camping, in the forest and at the beach.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but have found great strength in the standards and teachings of the gospel. In my late teens I began to study the gospel more fully, and recognized the truth within the doctrine. Then and now I realized the truth taught by the Saviour in John 7:17 "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." I know that this is his church, and his doctrine.

How I live my faith

In the church we all serve in different ways. I have taught lessons on Sunday and visited with families in their homes. Previously I served as the President of my Stake Young Men origination, training and supporting local Ward/Branch leaders and supporting the 50 or so young men aged 12-18 in the local area. In April 2011, I was called to serve as the Bishop in my ward. The next five years of my church service as a spiritual leader was focussed on ministering to the Youth and other Members in Bournemouth. I had to balance this church service work alongside my paid employment and my family responsibilities. It was hard at times but also very rewarding. I am now called to serve in the Sunday school, and support efforts to improve gospel learning at church and in the home. So how do I live my faith? Through the things I do. "Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works." (James 2:18)

What is a ward/stake/branch?

The church is divided in Areas, and Areas divided into Stakes & Districts. Stakes are a collection of Wards (Permanent units) and Branches (smaller units). Districts are a collection of branches. A president is called to reside over each Area, District and Branch. Wards are presided over by a Bishop. Show more Show less