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Hi I'm Alan

I love my family. I enjoy photography, riding my motorcycle and playing vintage base ball. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love my wife. It is hard to believe we’re not newlyweds anymore, but we now actually have 6 children and 2 grandchildren. I am hoping to have many more. Grandchildren, that is. They are the best! I have a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, and work on jet engines in the commercial aviation industry. It is great to work with so many talented people on such an interesting and challenging product. It is very satisfying to see hard work completed and an airplane soar into the sky! I started riding motorcycles when I was just a kid. Then college, marriage, family and life came along. A few years ago, comfortable that my wife would still love me, I bought an 1800 cc, blue touring motorcycle. When the weather is warm, my wife likes to go exploring the back roads and small villages of New England. I love the feel of riding on the open road. When I ride to work, I show up at the office with a smile. My boys and I love baseball. I also love the history of the game. I started a vintage base ball club several years ago, and enjoy playing 1860 rules with a great bunch of guys. We wear the old style uniforms, and no gloves are allowed. We also try to play with old style “gentlemanly sportsmanship”. It is a great time! My dad introduced me to photography when I was a child. I made a pinhole camera, and took my first picture in the front yard. We spent many hours together in the darkroom, developing and printing photographs. It was amazing to watch the pictures slowly emerge, especially those pictures with a real story behind them. I have focused my photography on family and Heavenly Father’s creations. I really do believe that all things in nature testify of God and His love for us. It seems to me that, in a way, He is patiently watching and developing me into the person I really should be.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a member of the Church brings me happiness! My parents taught me, when I was just a child, how to pray to Heavenly Father, and shared with me their faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior. When I was a teenager, and struggling to find my own path in life, I put those teachings to the test. After a season of pondering and prayer, my heart was finally ready. I did receive an answer from God, and the forgiveness, light and peace I experienced have stayed with me all of these years. I feel hope each week as my family attends church. I feel a greater desire to be a better husband, father and neighbor. I have also observed a real difference that the gospel makes in the lives of people who follow the teachings of Christ. They still have challenges and make mistakes . . . but their strength to handle those challenges and overcome their weaknesses is way beyond what they could do alone. And, I really want that strength in my own life and to share that with my family.

How I live my faith

My faith in Christ influences the way I live each day. It helps me make better choices about how to spend my time. I enjoy serving in the church and the community. There is a soup kitchen near our home, and the town also organizes projects to help elderly or disabled citizens with home and yard care. The church also provides many opportunities to serve. I try to regularly visit the homes of several families in our congregation to make sure they are not forgotten, and that they know they have a friend to call if they need help. I have been given the chance to teach Sunday classes, helped the youth organizations with campouts, dances, service projects and activities just for fun! Currently, I help with planning and securing resources for a local Family History Library. One Sunday each month, my family skips two meals and then donates the money we would have spent for those meals to be used to purchase food for people in need. It feels good to make that choice, to feel a little hungry for just one day in order to bless someone else with food, someone that may otherwise feel hunger many days each month. I also live my faith by swallowing my pride now and then to allow someone else to help me. Recently, a good friend from church showed up at my home on a Saturday to help me shovel snow (a lot of snow) for most of the day. It was a wonderful help to me, not only in getting the job done, but in the encouragement I felt through his example of friendship.