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Hi I'm Allen

I love to study and read, especially about religious topics. I am an attorney, father of six and grandfather of 8. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My interests are: gardening, family history and genealogy; I am the father of 6 and grandfather of 8 (so far). I am a practicing attorney for over 30 years. I love to read, especially books and articles related to religion in general, and the LDS church in particular. I listen to Science Friday and other science related podcasts, as well as podcasts relating to the Mormon church. I subscribe to Popular Science, the Ensign (published by the Mormon church), National Geographic and Prevention Magazine. I have a particular interest in the Book of Mormon--its history, geography, literary style, structure, and doctrine.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church, and have a great family history of 6 generations in the LDS church. But that is not the principal reason why I am a member of the church. As I study and ponder the doctrine of the church I become more certain of its truthfulness. I find the doctrine of the church consistent with the teachings of the Bible and of the early Christian church. I find great comfort in the Plan of Salvation and our understanding of our pre-earth life as well as what happens after we die. My belief that we have heavenly parents as well as earthly parents provides me with a better understanding of my purpose in life, and more tolerance and love for others as they are my spiritual brothers and sisters in a literal, as well as a figurative sense. My belief in an afterlife comforts me as I have lost parents and others. While I am not in any hurry to pass on (Got to see those grandchildren raised properly you know!) I do not fear death and am looking forward to a great reunion with my loved ones. My belief that families can be forever brings me great happiness as I love my wife, my children and grandchildren, and I look forward to enjoying my association with them for eternity. As I observe my life and society in general, I become more sure that living the gospel of Jesus Christ in its fullness brings happiness and joy; and not living the gospel brings trials and tribulations. Not that there is any guarantee of immediate reward, but in the long run we avoid a lot of sadness by living the gospel.

How I live my faith

I have been an active member of the church for my entire life, and have served in numerous capacities over the years, including as a youth leader, as an adult Sunday School teacher, and in other callings. I am assigned to serve three families in our ward as a "home teacher," and I find that satisfying and have developed great friendships over the years. As a young man of 19 I served a full time mission for the Church in Brazil. I actively seek out the names of my ancestors and their descendants in order to provide them with the blessings of the gospel by performing saving ordinances for them in the temple. I strive to be a good example of a follower of Christ in my relationships with my family, my neighbors, my clients, and my friends.