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Hi I'm Allen

I am married to my best friend. I'm a proud father of one. I'm a director of strategic planning. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love my family. My wife is everything to me, and my little boy is a constant source of joy (and occasionally, fatigue). I have two graduate degrees from that one school in Boston and now work as a director of strategic planning for a footwear and apparel company in Oregon. I love to play just about any sport--basketball, baseball, Frisbee, running, swimming, etc. I love eating good food, which happens regularly because of the culinary capabilities of my wife. I also like to cook, but only breakfast and Southeast Asian food. I've spent several years living abroad, mainly in Cambodia and Thailand. I love good music, well-written literature, and a good laugh.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? The simplest answer I can give to that question is that I am a Mormon because I know that the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are true. I love truth. Nothing is more exciting and exhilarating to me than discovering unvarnished, bonafide truth. I want to be anchored in truth and want to have true principles govern all I do, in every aspect of my life. And through more than 30 years of study and living life, I have discovered that the teachings of the LDS Church are true. This Church provides me a purpose for living and contains teachings that answer the very deepest questions of my soul. I’m a Mormon because I feel deep happiness as I live the teachings taught in my church. I don’t live those teachings perfectly all the time, but as I imperfectly try to apply the teachings of the gospel in my life, I am genuinely happy and satisfied. I feel a deep sense of purpose, meaning, and direction in my life. This Church teaches me who God is and how to have a living relationship with Him. It teaches me how to treat others, and I know that these teachings are true and real, because when I do treat others this way, I feel good and others likewise feel good. My belief, in that way, is quite simple: I try to live how and do what the Mormon faith teaches one to live, and as I do, I feel something wonderful. I feel happy; I feel close to God; I feel empowered in every area of my life; and I feel grounded in a meaningful purpose. Finally, I’m a Mormon because I am a disciple of Jesus, and the teachings of the LDS Church illuminate in bright clarity who Jesus is and how to follow Him. I want to follow Jesus in word and real deed, and I am surrounded by teachings, a community, covenants, leaders, and a way of living that enable that devotion to Jesus that I desire.

How I live my faith

The gospel for me, really, is a way to live life more than just a part of my life. It is less "something that I do" and more "how" I live my life. The Church provides meaningful opportunities for me to serve and interact with others in my local community, and I love that. I make visits to four or five sets of families once a month to assess their temporal and spiritual needs and to try and provide encouragement and support however I can. I find this to be wonderfully fulfilling. I have been able to foster deep friendships with many people who I would otherwise not interact with at all. The Church provides constant opportunities for me to serve and to be served. Whether it is moving others, feeding those who have needs, cleaning buildings, or doing community service like street cleaning or visiting the elderly--there are countless opportunities to meaningfully bless others. I love that there are no paid clergy in the church and that all members volunteer their time to lead, teach, and watch out for each other. I am currently working with the youth in my local unit, and it is awesome to play a small part in teaching them and preparing them to have moral courage and strength to face all that is ahead of them in life.