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Hi I'm Alan

I was born in Bennington, Vermont in 1950 and I've been in the Fire Service industry for more than 20 years. I am a Mormon

About Me

My wife & I have been married for 28 years and we have 4 daughters and 4 grandchildren. I love to run and swim. I also love out door activities, such as fishing, and I enjoy spending as much time with my family as I possibly can. I work for a company that manufactures fire trucks and really enjoy the people I work with as well as the many new friends I have made during the course of my 20+ years of employment with this company. I attended high school in a small town in Vermont and I attended college in Albany NY where I received a BA in psychology. Since that time I've made a career in sales and sales management. I received my Eagle Scout award at the age of 17 and I am currently revisiting some classic literature recently having read Cooper's " The Last of the Mohicans" and now engaged in Cervantes' "Don Quixote". I love to read uplifting literature and anything to do with history.

Why I am a Mormon

I've always believed in God and was raised by wonderful, loving, parents who taught me the value of honesty and hard work. Between my teenage years and early 30's I made some mistakes and realized I needed help. So I turned to God and starting looking for a Church. I also began a serious search for someone who would want to share their life with me and raise a family. I prayed and asked Heavenly Father to guide me and help me find that special someone. A year or so latter my prayer was answered and I met a lovely young woman who introduced me to The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints. I was curious and started to investigate the "Mormons" by reading material about the Church and the Prophet Joseph Smith. Ultimately, I agreed to be taught by a delightful Senior Missionary Couple who challenged me to read the Book of Mormon and pray to find out if it is true. I read the promise found in the Book of Moroni Chapter 10 vs 4-5 which says if I ask God with, a sincere heart, he will manifest the truth of the Book of Mormon to me by the power of the Holy Ghost. I accepted the challenge and received a witness, by the Holy Spirit, that the Book of Mormon is true and Joseph Smith was a true Prophet of God. Since that time I have read the Book of Mormon many times and have come to know the Savior in a very personal way. I love the Holy Bible and I'm grateful for this additional, sacred, record that stands as another Testament of Jesus Christ. I've been to the Sacred Grove and knelt in prayer to ask God for a witness to the vision given to Joseph and once again received, by the power of the Holy Ghost, a confirming witness that Heavenly Father and our Savior appeared to Joseph and the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints is the true Church of God on the earth today. I am a Mormon because I know this is the Lord's Church, that there is a living Prophet, and that, through the Atonement, and the message of the restored Gospel families can be eternal.

How I live my faith

In 1st Timothy Chapter 4 vs 12, the Apostle Paul counsels Timothy to " be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." I try to live my life as a true disciple of Jesus Christ and let the way I conduct myself as well as the way I interact with others be the symbol of my faith. One of my favorite things to do is to visit members of our congregation and help strengthen them in their faith as well as serve them in any way that I can. We call this Home Teaching and I have felt the Lord's hand at work many times as I have served others. Each week we gather together as a family, usually on a Monday evening, and study the Gospel. This helps cultivate a spirit of love in our home and draws us closer together. Our church operates, at the local level, with a lay ministry and as part of my assignment, which we refer to as a "calling", I help teach the Gospel and train & support others in their callings. I love serving and usually give 5-10 hours a week, of my free time, fulfilling my assignments. Daily, personal, prayer and scripture study are part of my everyday activities and daily family prayer receives high priority in our home.