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Hi I'm Alan

I run funeral homes and cemeteries. I'm a husband, father, grandfather and an exerciser. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a father of four and grandfather of nine, I've slowly but surely gotten use to being called "grandpa" and also to sharing my wife of 33 years with her eight new best friends. When I'm not at home with the very devoted and energetic grandma I'm married to, my time and thoughts are often geared toward my work in the cemetery and mortuary business, and my volunteer activities at church. I've also discovered something I wish I'd gotten involved in a long, long time ago - exercise and hiking! My recent climb to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite Park was an unforgetable adverture.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a very young boy, my parents took our family to Salt Lake City where I heard and saw for the first time the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. As I looked at that tremendous organ and also the leaders of the Church who were seated nearby and listened to the choir sing of Jesus Christ, I felt something inside me that I hadn't felt before. Somehow I knew He cared about me, that He was really there and that I could trust Him. As time passed, that feeling and assurance stayed with me and even grew. As I went through the ups and downs that occur to all of us through the teen years and on into adulthood, I knew then and I know now that my Savior and your Savior lives. That knowledge has been a source of strenth and comfort to me over and over again. Through my involvement in the Mormon Church, I have learned by hearing, reading, and experience principles that help me to be a better husband, father, grandfather, employee, and citizen. Much of what I know about the Savior, I have learned in the Bible. The New Testament has provided me with stories and images in Jesus' life that have touched me and taught me. As a Mormon, it's been exciting for me to learn that there is more inspired and inspirational accounts available to me in the Book of Mormon. I'm grateful for both of these sared books that have increased the witness that I have of Heavenly Father's plan for me. The Church has provided me the blessing of learning about the Savior's plan of happiness. Through its leaders, its authority and its service opportunities, I'm able to make the plan a reality in my life that brings joy and happiness.

How I live my faith

One of the most rewarding parts of my volunteer service in the Mormon Church is the privilege I have to meet regularly with members in our meetinghouse and especially in their homes. I love to learn about their challenges, see their faith, and feel their love. I also enjoy representing the Church in a local interfaith organization. Each month I meet with clergy from many other faiths. We build friendships, work together, and explore ways we can make our community better and more closely follow God's teachings.