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Hi I'm Allen

I am a student and a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California and am a student, father, husband, and karate sensei (teacher). I enjoy playing a Japanese game called Igo or Go in the United States. I even play a video game or two. :)

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church and during my teenage years fell away for a while about 8 years. While I was not attending church I still knew that the church was true, but I just kept staying away. I finally reached a point in my life where I felt I was utterly lost and confused about some big decisions in my life. After trying my best to figure out what I should do I decided that I didn't know what to do and knelt down and prayed to our Heavenly Father. I hadn't prayed in over 8 years but as I asked Father what to do I immediately felt His love and understood what I should do. I soon after asked my grandfather to send the missionaries over to my house. They came by and I began to attend church again and found the happiness I was missing in my life. It's been a few years since then and my life hasn't been perfect, but it's been happy truly happy even during the rough times because during those times I have felt the hope that comes from having a personal knowledge of God's loving plan for His children here on Earth, and of His son Jesus Christ with His redeeming love ever present in my life.

How I live my faith

I am not perfect and don't claim to be. I work and go to school just like everyone else. I deal with traffic and unexpected bills and the other stresses of life, but I also find peace and blessings in the service I provide to others. I work with the full time missionaries of the church frequently. I help teach lessons to people investigating the church and sometimes help conduct new member's baptisms. I try to show love for others around me even when it is hard :) a simple smile or a "thank-you" can be a simple way to cheer up a person who looks to be having a hard day. When that person trying to push their car is slowing down traffic and others get upset I try to remember when I have had a rough day too, and get out and start pushing. Those are some of the ways I try to live my faith.

What is being a Mormon like?

Honestly a lot of times people say that being a member of the Mormon Church is hard or difficult, but I see it differently. I have seen the difference between living the teachings of the Mormon Church and of not. And I personally believe that it is much easier to live your life in the church that not. When you are in the church you have support from others that share your standards. It truly is like being in an extended family, and just like any family people don't always click or agree at all times, but they always will love and help you. You have to see the results yourself to understand what it is like, but if you do you'll see what I mean it's simply nice being in the church. Show more Show less