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Hi I'm Allan

I ride horses and rope cattle. I read Shakespeare. I am a writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My family, my activity in the Church, being a teacher, my friends, and my horses are my life. I love the outdoors and simple pleasures. But I like academics too. I have a Master's degree in education. How many cowboys do you know who can say that?

Why I am a Mormon

Like everyone I know, I want to be happy. Living the Gospel is the path to happiness. I live in the world, but I am not dragged down by the world because I can see that the plan for my happiness is greater than the difficulties of the world. If I live the commandments I am able to cope with the troubles of life and put them into perspective. Without the Gospel I wouldn't know what path to follow. The Saviour has set the example. He said, "Come follow me." I am trying to be like Jesus so that I can be happy and deal best with the struggles of life. I have been a member all my life but had a period of inactivity. Even then I knew what I should doing. I am much happier living the Gospel than when I was living a different way. Being a Mormon is a challenge at times, but living outside the Gospel is even harder.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as a bishop. That is a great way to meet everyone in my congregation. I have been on a mission which was a time of great growth. But I have served in other capacities as well including my favorite calling: assistant nursery leader. I helped teach the children who were eighteen months to three years old. That was a fun calling because every Sunday I went to Church and enjoyed being with my little friends as we all learned about Jesus Christ. Being a bishop isn't much different from being an assistant nursery leader. This church is a self service organization. I am grateful that I can be a participating member who serves and is served by others.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

A local congregation is a ward or branch. I currently preside over a ward as its bishop. A stake is comprised of several wards and/or branches. Show more Show less