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Hi I'm Alan Buss

I grew up in Colorado as a member of the church. I am married and have five children. I teach in the College of Education at UWYO.

About Me

I am a professor of education at the University of Wyoming. I have five children, one son and four daughters. As a family we like to go on picnics in the mountains, sing, play musical instruments, watch family movies, barbeque and make varieties of home-made ice cream. We have a boxer named Scout. I served as a missionary on the island of Kyushu, Japan. I attended Brigham Young University for my Bachelor's degree, where I met my wife in the marching band. I played trumpet and she played trombone. I studied elementary education and later taught Second Grade in Ramah, New Mexico, and Sixth Grade in Casper, Wyoming. I earned a doctoral degree in Education at the University of Wyoming. I have been on the faculty at UW since 1997. I enjoy reading classic novels, gardening, and playing with my children.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were both raised as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and they raised their children according to its teachings. I was baptized a member when I was 8 years old. My conversion took place over many years as I learned more about the church and its doctrines. I learned to pray to God at a young age, and had many instances when I knew that He heard my prayers. As a missionary I had the opportunity to teach others in a formal way about the gospel of Jesus Christ and bear my testimony of its truthfulness and the joy it brings to my life. Since then I have had many opportunities to share my testimony in formal and informal ways, and to serve others in both church-related and community-based ways. Such service has strengthened my testimony even more, and builds my commitment to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I help with a number of community service projects, including a clothing drive, a food drive, and a community service day. I also volunteer time with the Boy Scouts of America and the 4-H Club. My current responsibility in the church is to be one of two counselors to the Stake President. The Laramie Stake consists of 14 congregations of members, or wards, stretching from Wheatland (77 miles to the north east) to Rawlins (100 miles west), Wyoming. The Stake President oversees all of these wards, so I assist him in that work. It is our priviledge to interact with young children, youth, young adults, and adults in the region.