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Hi I'm Allan

I was raised in Alberta, Canada. I'm married, have six children and work as an educator. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Family is core to my life. I have been married for 26 years and have 6 children and a granddaughter. Family relationships have been woven into the fabric of my daily living and provide me with a great sense of belonging and purpose. My profession as a religious educator has been deeply meaningful. Each day I have the opportunity to interact with amazing students who demonstrate a keen interest in understanding and living the teachings of Jesus Christ. I am inspired by their resilient faith in this ever increasing secular culture. I am passionate about learning and I love to read. Whether it is a compelling biography, a penetrating social critique, or a captivating novel I love to turn the pages of a good book. Some of my greatest pleasures in life have been found as I have hiked beautiful places. From the pristine mountains of western Canada to the stunning slot canyons of Southern Utah my life has been enriched by the beauties of this earth. I agree with Louis Armstrong, this is a "wonderful world."

Why I am a Mormon

My father was baptized a Mormon in Frankfurt Germany as a boy. My mother was raised a Catholic and joined the LDS Church after she married my father. I was baptized by my father when I was 8 years old. While I was raised in the faith my personal conversion began when I read the Book of Mormon for the first time. When I was 13 years old, one of my church leaders invited me to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. I accepted the invitation. Each day I would read. Sometimes it was hard for me to understand. Even so, I felt compelled to keep reading. Each night after I read I would kneel down by my bed and offer a simple prayer: "Is this book true?" One night while offering my prayer, I was filled with a feeling that was pure and divine. It filled my whole soul. It was not an emotional feeling; it was a heavenly feeling that was unlike anything I had ever experienced. I knew it was from God and I knew for myself that the Book of Mormon was His book. That experience changed everything for me. Since that day I have read and reread the Book of Mormon. I have had a thousand small and simple spiritual confirmations that it is true. Through this book I have come to know for myself that Jesus is the Christ, the Redeemer of mankind. This book has taught me precious truths about the purpose of this life and how to remain closely connected with God. This book inspired me to serve a full-time mission as a young man. My missionary service was rich and rewarding and defined the course of my life. After my mission I married a wonderful woman and together we are raising six children. I certainly don't have all the answers and I have had my moments when my faith has been challenged. But through it all I have developed a deep and abiding witness that Jesus Christ is our Savior, that the Book of Mormon and the Bible are the word of God, and that Joseph Smith was indeed a prophet of God.

How I live my faith

My faith informs all aspects of my life. Each day I strive to look to the Lord for guidance and strength. Over the years I have learned He is always ready to provide me live with wisdom, purpose and joy. We have raised our children to pray daily, read scriptures and attend church on the Sabbath. Our local congregation is filled with wonderful people who we consider our dear friends. Together we support and help each other raise our families--through the good and difficult times. Currently I serve as a church leader who oversees several congregations. While I spend many hours each week in church service, I do not consider it a burden or an imposition on my time. I consider it a privilege to counsel, encourage and give direction to those of my faith. I have always had a special interest in young people. I have worked with the boy scouts, in the youth programs of my church and have spent many years coaching youth soccer. I have come to believe the truth that "when you are in the service of your fellowman you are only in the service of your God."