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Hi I'm Alan

I grew up in a small city in Washington State. I'm happily married and have three small dogs and a cat. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy motorcycle riding, basketball, working in the garden, spending time with my wife, traveling, going to local parks, ham radio, computers, exercising, learning about various foods and what's good for my body, and taking our three small dogs to the dog park.  

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, although my father was not active in the church throughout most of my childhood. My mother took my four siblings and me to church on a fairly regular basis throughout most of my childhood. I took the church for granted and don't remember having a testimony when I was younger (pre-teens). When I reached the age of sixteen, I stopped attending Sunday meetings altogether. I did, however, continue playing on the church basketball, softball and volleyball teams. I also stayed involved with many of the scouting activities and kept attending the monthly church youth dances. I had no desire to attend Sunday meetings, though. Even though I had several faith promoting experiences in my teenage years, my testimony was weak. When I moved away to college and had to take more responsibility for myself, I began to develop a true testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It wasn't until years later, though, when I was in the depths of despair, that I felt the amazing love of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day by trying my best to always set an example that Jesus would be pleased with. I have the privilege of serving alongside two other leaders responsible for arranging Sunday instruction at church. When my wife is sick, I get to teach her class of about 10 teenagers. I also have the privilege of serving as a home teacher. Along with my home teaching partner, I visit three families in our area every month to engage in a gospel centered discussion and see what we can do to serve them.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

While it is true that Mormons server one another quite extensively, our service extends into the community on a regular basis. In the past, I have enjoyed the opportunity to participate in several food drives for our local food bank. I have also served at school related functions and as a volunteer basketball and baseball coach. I've also served as a scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America and had the opportunity to participate in several Eagle projects. Each year, the members of the congregation meet to combine their efforts in a local community day of service. In the past, we've volunteered at free local carnivals, cleaned up community parks and weeded and landscaped public schools. I love participating in these events, because you see young and old working alongside for the betterment of the community. A few years ago, we had severe flooding in a nearby community. I was not able to help at the time due to a temporary physical condition, but most of the men from our congregation made several trips to the area to help local residents clean up after the flood waters receded. The women of the congregation gathered supplies for many cleaning and personal hygiene kits. It was truly inspirational to see members of the church come together to serve people they had not known previously. Show more Show less