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Hi I'm Allen

I'm a Mormon. I am a father, a grandfather, and a great grandfather.

About Me

I was born in a three room log cabin owned by my maternal grandparents. It had no indoor plumbing. There was no doctor present, my grandmother acting as midwife. When still a baby our family moved to a nearby town where we lived until I finished sixth grade. My father had died when I was age nine and I would miss him terribly as we were almost inseparable. He took me hunting and fishing even when I was so small he had to carry me on his shoulders. Just prior to my 12th birthday my mother remarried a farmer and sheepman. Going from city boy to country boy was not easy. Nor was it easy to go to all the church meetings my stepdad expected of me. My parents had not been active in the church and I was not baptized until age nine. But, I came to enjoy the church associations. In fact, the whole social and cultural life of the area centered around the church and its wonderful members. I enjoyed the animals on the farm, especially the horses, and was eventually given my own beautiful black colt, which I broke and trained myself. On November 1, 1957, I married my high school sweetheart in the temple. We began our family of six children, while I attended college. I graduated in the summer of 1960, and accepted a job with the Social Security Administration where I worked for 25 years, retiring at age 50. I concurrently taught part time at a college for 5 years, quiting to allow time for my calling as bishop. We have lived in the same house since January of 1971, and our children were mostly raised in the house my wife and I still live in.

Why I am a Mormon

Having been retired for a few years I am keenly aware of the importance of having something interesting or challenging to make time worthwhile and fulfilling. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) teaches the plan of eternal progression. It revolves around the thought in 1 John 3:2, that to return to the continuing presence of the Savior we must become like Him. Further, that the Savior, in turn, patterns his life after our Heavenly Father, becoming like Him (See John 5:19). Thus, our goal for the eternities is to become as They are, as noted in Psalms 17:15: “I shall be satisfied when I awake (resurrect) with thy likeness”, in Jude 21: “…looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life”, in Titus, verse 2: “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began”, and in many other scriptures. So, we were with the Father before this mortal life and we have the hope of returning and becoming as He is, sharing His glorious existence as children and heirs (See Romans 8:16-17). Though this may take many years, or even eons of time, considering how far we have to go to perfection (See Mathew 5:48), just advancing steadily upon that path has to be the most exciting thing I can imagine.

How I live my faith

I consider my first obligation to practice the attributes of Christ to be in my home. I tried, albeit far from perfectly, to teach and nurture my children using Jesus and his teachings as a guide. Now that they all have families of their own, I can lavish more attention on my primary responsibility, my wife. As we have aged, I have taken over many of the more physically demanding aspects of the housekeeping, such as vacuuming, washing windows, clothes, dishes, etc., as well as much of the cooking. I also accompany her on most of the errands she chooses to take, and support her social and church activities and desires. I interact with neighbors on an almost daily basis, helping them with their gardens, lawns, cars, etc., and lending them tools, taking treats on holidays and whenever my wife does baking, inviting them to dinner at our home, and inviting them to church meetings and activities. The lady next door said: “You are a good neighbor”. I take very seriously my church responsibility to be a home teacher to the families assigned me, and still have a special relationship with many of the families I have home taught in the past. I have had a variety of church callings over the years, such as teacher of various age groups, scout leader, executive secretary and counselor to bishops several times, bishop, and stake high councilor. My wife and I served a church education mission in Atlantic Canada, working with young single adults, as well as a home mission at the Costa Mesa, Ca. Institute of Religion. We love the young adults.