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Hi I'm Alan

I'm a retired potato farmer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived nearly all my life in Idaho's Magic Valley. Southern Idaho is a large, high altitude semi-arid desert. It wasn't always "magic," but was a vast plain of mostly sage brush and known for it's harsh winters and dry hot summers. Thousands traveled the Oregon Trail which passed through the heart of today's Magic Valley. The soil was fertile, but very few people stopped to settle because there was no dependable rainfall during the growing season and the large Snake River that ran through its heart was hundreds of feet below ground level, flowing in the bottom of a lava rock canyon carved as a result of the Great Bonneville Flood nearly 15,000 years ago. But at the turn of the 20th century men of vision and indefatigable determination built a dam and diverted the Snake River water into a series of canals that brought life-giving water to over 500,000 acres of prime Idaho farmland. I'm proud that some of my ancestors were among those undaunted workers. Then about 40 years later, both my grandfather and my father bought some of that sage brush land and developed it into a beautiful farm where some of the best Idaho potatoes are grown. After serving a 2 1/2 year LDS mission in France and graduating from BYU in Agronomy, I returned to the family farm where my sweetheart and I raised our family of 9 children. We have been greatly blessed. In 2010 we retired and sold our farm and home so we could serve a 2 year LDS mission, being once again called to the France Paris Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

Just as the life-giving water from the Snake River made it possible for the southern Idaho desert to "blossom as a rose" and bring forth "good fruit," the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ brings living water to spiritually parched souls. The knowledge that we are the spiritual offspring of a loving Father in Heaven and that He has a divine plan that makes it possible for us to return into His presence and dwell eternally with Him, as well as with our families, gives purpose and meaning to my life. When I was 14 I had a tender experience with personal prayer. Even though I had not seen God, I knew He was real. I felt His love and knew that He was aware of me. Because of that experience my faith became stronger and my desire to read and understand the Holy Scriptures blossomed. As I read the Bible and the Book Of Mormon the Holy Ghost bore testimony that the doctrine was true. The pieces of life's puzzle began to fit together. I grew to love Jesus Christ as never before. He was real. He was God's only begotten son, the Lamb of God slain for the sins of the world and resurrected the third day. He had promised me the gift of the resurrection and had atoned for my sins upon condition of repentance. I wanted to be like Him and with Him. My life has had its share of trials, including the death of a child, but through prayer and faith in Jesus Christ I have always received the comfort and strength to carry on. I've witnessed the Lord's hand in the details of my life time after time. To me it seems the smaller the detail, the sweeter the experience. I know He delights in granting His children the righteous desires of their hearts as would any loving father. I testify that the apostasy prophesied by Christ's apostles happened and that their prophesies of a restoration also occurred. Joseph Smith was called by God to restore Christ's Gospel in its fullness, including His holy priesthood and saving ordinances. Thank you Father in Heaven for sending "living water" once again.

How I live my faith

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has no paid ministers. Everyone is expected to accept callings to serve in various responsibilities. On the local or ward level these callings come from the bishop of the ward and are binding until the person is released and called to another responsibility. When I was 19 I volunteered to serve as a missionary and was called by a prophet of God to the French Mission headquartered in Paris for 2 1/2 years. My mission experiences taught me so many things and blessed me beyond measure. I was supported by my loving parents so I didn't have to worry about finances. No housing worries. No school worries. No girlfriend worries. No social status worries. It was incredibly wonderful to be able to focus 100% of my time and energy to serving the Lord by serving others. During my life I have been blessed to spend much of my time serving the youth, about 9 years as a scoutmaster and another 9 as the Sunday School teacher of the 16 and 17 year old youth. I was also blessed with many other callings as well and served continuously as a home teacher where I and an assigned companion were given the opportunity to regularly visit several ward families and be there to help in times of temporal or spiritual need. After selling our farm, my wife and I applied to serve a mission together as a senior couple and this time the prophet called us to serve in the France Paris Mission where we mainly served the LDS single adults 18-30 years old residing in French speaking Belgium. We served there for 2 years. Upon returning home we were called to team teach the 11 year old boys and girls in the ward Primary organization. We fell in love with each of them. I now teach the 12-13 year old Deacons on Sunday and serve as an ordained temple ordinance worker in the Twin Falls Idaho temple.