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Hi I'm Alan

I grew up in Illinois then moved to California to work as an engineer. Now I am a banker . I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Like most people I have had more than one career during my working life. I loved math and science when I was growing up and knew I wanted to be an engineer. However, after working as an engineer for a few years I became interested in more than just the technical aspect of the company. I went to business school to change to a career where I could combine my engineering and business degrees. Now I use both in my current job as a banker to technology companies. I like to stay physically active. I played a lot of sports growing up with my six brothers. Along the way I have enjoyed coaching my children in youth sports programs while trying to maintain an active exercise program. Today I still play basketball, run and try keeping up with my children.

Why I am a Mormon

While growing up I did not know anything about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or know anyone who was a Mormon, until after I had graduated from college. I accepted a job offer in California and went to the golden state to seek opportunity. At work I became aware that a colleague of mine at work was Mormon, so I asked him, "What's a Mormon?" That started a series of conversations that in turn led to discussions with the missionaries. Later I visited the church and met more members of the church that lived in my neighborhood. At first when the missionaries taught me about the church of Jesus Christ and its restoration, it seemed very different than what I had learned. From my upbringing, at first I could not accept the idea of a restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yet there were some concepts they taught that were too compelling not to believe. After becoming serious about my investigation of the church, it all started to come together. With scripture study, prayer, attending church and understanding how to feel the influence of the Holy Ghost it became clear that Jesus Christ had restored his church through the prophet Joseph Smith. I was baptized and decided I wanted to serve a full time mission. I was able to serve a 2-year mission and teach others about the gospel and the restoration of the the Church of Jesus Christ. I have continued in the gospel since and was married for time and all eternity in the temple, raised four children and received the many blessings along the way. I am grateful for the guidance the church has provided over the years that helped me be a better husband and father. Throughout these years I have felt my Savior's love for me. I have come to an understanding of God's plan for me. My life would never have been so full and complete without the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I strive to live a balanced life and sometimes just keep up with all the activities. Achieving balance with my wife, four children, the scouting programs, work activities and getting enough exercise is not always possible on a weekly basis. When my children were younger I loved doing scouting activities with them. Now that the youngest has graduated from High School I stay involved in Scouting as a board member of the local Council of Boy Scouts. Since I did not grow up member of the Church, I know the blessings and direction that I missed. The Church has been a supporter of scouting as a complement to its own youth program. I have since served in youth programs in the Church and in the community. One area that is particularly fulfilling was my service in scouting. I was very involved in adult leadership of the local troop where my sons belonged. As Boy Scout Council board member I get to help youth build character here in our county. Scouting has been great for the adult leaders as well as the participating scouts.