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Hi I'm Alan

I'm from Arkansas. I'm a lawyer and a V.P. for a construction company. I'm a husband and a father of 5. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Arkansas. As a teenager, I became close friends with members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After 2 years of college, I met with the missionaries, mostly out of curiosity. As I listened and learned, I gained a testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I was baptized and then served a mission for the church in French Canada. I returned, finished my education, met my future wife, and we were married in the Dallas, Texas Temple. We have 5 children and live a good life here in Arkansas. Our lives are filled with school, athletics, and church activities. As our children approach adulthood, we pray they will continue this legacy of faith. As we watch their testimonies develop, this strengthens our own and gives us hope for the future. Life isn't perfect - we have our challenges. We have grown together and learned to face them with faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and his teachings.I am the least perfect person I know. I depend upon the grace and atonement of Jesus Christ and the miracle of forgiveness each day to see me through. I have a hope that this process will lead me to become the man, the husband, and the father I should be - a true son of Heavenly Father, a follower of his son, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and a servant of others.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Christ-centered home. My parents taught me all my life to love the Savior and follow His teachings. So I had a good gospel foundation. When I first listened to the missionaries, it was out of courtesy to a friend. I intended to listen but did not intend to be baptized into the Church. In the second discussion, the missionaries taught me about the Plan of Salvation - that I had lived as a spirit child of God before coming to earth, that I was born here with a veil of forgetfulness, that I had a Heavenly Father, that Jesus Christ was my Savior, and that, through obedience, repentance, and making and keeping sacred covenants, I could return to my heavenly home and have eternal life. They also taught me that the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Ghost were 3 separate and distinct persons. This doctine rang true to me, as soon as I heard it, and I could not get it out of my mind. When I learned of the doctrine of baptisms and other ordinances performed by proxy in Temples for those who have passed on, this answered a dilemma I had wondered about for many years. I prayed to know if what I was hearing was true, and received a strong spiritual response that it was. So I told the missionaries that I would be baptized. And I was.

How I live my faith

I try to be responsive to the requests of my leaders in the church. When I am called to a position, I strive to magnify it and fulfill the responsibility, whether it is to teach a class or lead a group of scouts or to serve in some other position. I visit regularly with the families I am assigned to home teach and do what I can to bring some light into their lives and to be available to help them. My efforts are often lacking but I trust in the Lord to fill in the gaps. Presently I serve as the ward mission leader.