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Hi I'm Alan

I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

I was born in Ohio but grew up in southern California as the second oldest in a family of five children. I love my parents and siblings, who are also some of my very best friends. My wife Gaylene and I now live in Idaho, and are the parents of five children (three girls and two boys) whom we love and enjoy very much. My interests include healthy food and fitness, good music, reading, writing, and spending quality time with family and friends. I love being actively engaged in honorable activity that promotes growth, provides a meaningful service, and makes a positive difference. As a person of faith, I am grateful to be a believer in God and devout Christian—which guides my decisions and blesses every aspect of my life. And, I hope any influence I can contribute in this world will uplift and inspire others (strengthening individuals and families by pointing them to the Source of all light and truth).

Why I am a Mormon

When I follow the teachings and example of the Lord Jesus Christ I am happy, and this motivates me to grow even closer to God in my life. Being an active member of His true Church brings comfort to my soul, strengthens my hope, brightens my purpose, and deepens my joy. My testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ makes life meaningful for me—and gives me peace. It puts the giant puzzle of life together and helps me to live up to all that is true, right, and good. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I know this is where God wants me to be, so that I may become more like Him and the Savior, return to Their presence someday, and receive all that They have to share with me forever with my family.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing my best every day to pattern my life after the teachings of Jesus Christ, as outlined in the scriptures and revealed today by God’s living prophets, as well as by trying to follow the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. When I make mistakes I express gratitude for the atonement of Christ by repenting of my sins and exercising faith in my Savior, relying on His tender mercies and grace to forgive me and help me to become more like Him. Because of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, I find safety, peace, and joy in the journey with my family as we pursue the path of discipleship together. To those not of our faith we say “keep all the good that you have, and let us bring to you more good, in order that you may be happier.” Although the nickname doesn't replace the proper name of the Church, this is in harmony with the literal definition of the word “Mormon” which is “more good.” I invite anyone with desire to gain a knowledge of the truth and more good, peace, and joy in their lives to investigate the restored gospel of Jesus Christ as found in this Church. May God bless you in your own journey of discovery and pursuit of happiness along life's pathway.

What is being a Mormon like?

Alan
Following Christ and belonging to His Church isn't easy, but definitely worth it. The restored gospel teaches correct and enduring principles such as honesty, integrity, patience, goodness, righteousness, hope, love, forgiveness, service, self-discipline, work, and respect for the beliefs of others. It teaches such things as humility and gratitude toward God, prayer, faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism by immersion for the remission of sins, the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost, doing your best to endure in faithfulness to all of God’s commandments, scripture study, fasting, giving of tithes and offerings, Sabbath day observance, and doing our part to pave the way for the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. This Church has at its core not only what we may become, but also how to get there. The joy, peace, and blessings I experience by actively participating in my faith far outweigh any difficulty in doing my best to live by its teachings. I encourage anyone who has ever wondered about this Church to investigate it for yourself. I promise that in honestly doing so you will come to appreciate the love of God and a people who in His care, sincerely desire to share the happiness we feel with those around us. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Alan
This Church, courageously and without apology, stands up for what is right and good. It teaches that our physical body is so important and sacred that the Lord calls it a temple of God, meaning the earthly tabernacle for our immortal spirit. The gospel teaches that we are to not only take good care of our bodies, but use them within the bounds He has set for our happiness. I appreciate the Word of Wisdom, which is the Lord’s law of health, revealed through the Prophet Joseph Smith as early as 1833. I also know that the Law of Chastity, God's standard for sexual purity, is at the heart of His eternal plan for all of us. In a world of declining morals and increasing sexual promiscuity, this Church stands clear on the subject of moral cleanliness. I am so grateful that I belong to an organization such as this, that stands up for the truth and unashamedly believes in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, and virtuous. As a disciple of Christ and member of this Church, I declare as stated in the 13th Article of our Faith that "if there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things." Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Alan
This is a Church that practices what it preaches and it is an organization of volunteers with a lay ministry, meaning there is no locally paid, professional clergy. Its members serve out of love and a genuine desire to do God's will in fulfillment of the two great commandments as taught by the Lord. • First, we show our love for God by keeping His commandments and, • Second, we show our love for our fellowmen through Christlike giving and service. The restored gospel provides me with abundant opportunities to show compassion, share what I enjoy with others, and provide Christian service. I can also give to those in need locally through monthly fast offerings as well as to the less fortunate around the world through the Church’s program for welfare service and humanitarian aid. There is so much that I greatly respect and love about the Lord's church, but the fact that it promotes self-reliance and both teaches and assists its members to care for and serve those who are less fortunate continues to inspire and amaze me. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Alan
Being a disciple of Jesus Christ and member of His Church is a commitment that requires a willing heart and sacrifice, for as the Savior has said, “of him unto whom much is given much is required.” And, as the Prophet Joseph Smith taught, “a religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation.” This Church teaches that we reap what we sow, and that ultimately our reward comes as the result of God's grace after all we can do in following His will. Through living the gospel I have come to understand that when we sacrifice our own self-interests and pride, and work first to promote God’s purposes, we will receive God’s rewards. This Church preaches a religion of strengthening one’s character, developing talents, and continually learning. It encourages and offers opportunity for growth, education, training, and meaningful progress. It teaches that “the glory of God is intelligence,” and that “whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection. And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come.” Living as an active and faithful Latter-day Saint brings joy... and this is why I am a member of the Lord's true Church. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Alan
This Church teaches that marriage is ordained of God and that the family is central to our Heavenly Father's plan for the eternal happiness of His children. In a world of shifting values, this Church provides an anchor to what is true, securing us to God despite the social turbulence and wickedness we see so much around us. It teaches that some of the greatest joys in life are experienced in happy family relationships and that these ties can continue forever, not just until death. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for us to return to the presence of God with our families to be united eternally. I am so grateful to have been blessed with the privilege and honor of being sealed to my sweetheart Gaylene in the House of the Lord, the Holy Temple—for time and all eternity, meaning that if we continue faithful to our covenants we can be together forever with our children and loved ones. Praise be to God, and His Beloved Son our Savior Jesus Christ, for the opportunity to enjoy family life on earth and—relying on His tender mercies—also look forward with faith to an even brighter hope of eternal life with those we cherish most! Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Alan
I confidently believe this Church to be—as it claims—the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, which the Savior Himself established in Biblical times, “built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone.” As Jesus said, “every good tree bringeth forth good fruit wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” The characteristics of this Church are evidence to me that it is indeed the only true and living Church of Jesus Christ on the earth today. It is led today by direct revelation from God, given to living prophets and apostles the Lord has chosen in our own time. Beginning with the Prophet Joseph Smith, the heavens were again opened to reveal God’s will to mankind and to restore His priesthood authority to the earth. With this divine authority comes the power to perform the ordinances of the gospel like baptism, which we need to follow the course Jesus laid out for us and fulfill our eternal destiny. Under the direction and blessing of heaven, this Church has grown to an organization with congregations throughout the world. It will continue to increase in the strength and faithfulness of its members—in preparation for the glorious return of Christ and participation in His personal reign of majesty upon the earth. I'm grateful for the honor and privilege of being a disciple of Christ, a holder of His holy priesthood, and a member of His true Church—restored now again and available for all to enjoy. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Alan
This Church answers some of life’s most important questions, such as Who am I really? What is my true and eternal identity? Where did I come from? Why am I here? What am I here to do, and what is my purpose in life? What happens after death? Where will I go as a result of my life here on earth? The theology of this Church teaches that each of us is a literal son or daughter of God with unlimited potential. Before coming to earth, we lived in the presence of God as spirit children wanting to become like our Heavenly Parents. We came to earth to gain a physical body, learn and grow by making choices, develop faith and receive gospel ordinances, develop and enjoy meaningful relationships, serve others, experience joy, and be proven worthy of returning to God’s presence to receive all that He has to share with us forever. Ultimately, our choices throughout this life on earth will determine the degree of eternal glory we inherit in the world to come. The gospel of Jesus Christ this Church administers is here to help us fulfill God’s plan for our greatest happiness. I am so thankful to have the restored gospel of Jesus Christ in my life and to enjoy the blessings of active participation in this Church. It is through living my faith that I have come to know for myself that these things are true. I invite you to investigate this Church, that you may also come to a knowledge of God's truth by putting its teachings into practice. Show more Show less