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Hi I'm Alan Carter

I joined the Church when I was 16, it has blessed me with a wonderful wife, 7 children and 22 grandchildren.

About Me

Looking back now that I have reached retirement age, I would describe myself as being a fairly conservative person but fortunately the Church has given me the opportunity to get involved in some amazing things. It has helped me and my lovely wife raise our 7 children in the gospel and they are raising our 22 grandchildren the same way. In the first few years of our marriage the Church leaders and members were very helpful in guiding an overbearing extrovert like me and a gentle, kind, shy lady like my wife into developing a strong marital relationship. Having a large family has given me the excuse to be involved as a scout and youth leader and then for 23 years as a governor of a large school. I have held leadership positions in the Church that have helped me progress in my vocation. My degree is in Environmental Engineering and my work involvement has mainly related to the internal environment in buildings. Whilst I enjoy solving engineering problems I prefer trying to help people and my extrovert nature allows me to make friends with everyone. I have a great love of the outdoors and nature in general which adds to my enjoyment of my main hobby which is teaching fly fishing.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the Church of England, was confirmed and attended regularly. Although I enjoyed going to church is was more for the socialising rather than any religious conviction. I always felt it was purely chance that I was born into a family that went to the C of E. So when at school we were asked to study different religions I had a fairly open mind. One day I heard my best friend telling someone that he had some American missionaries visiting his house that night so I invited myself along. At that time I was a bit of a "court jester" and as I had never met an american I attended with the idea of teasing them and copying their accents. They were already there when I walked in the room and as they, in their smart dark suits, stood up in my head a voice said "Behave yourself this is very important". As the evening progressed I felt, what I later learnt to be "the Spirit", telling me that what I was hearing was true. On returning home that night bubbling with excitement at what I had just heard I shared my thoughts with my mother. She was fine until I said they were Americans! She said they were famous for their "sales pitches". I told her that she could judge for herself as I had asked them to visit our house. They did and they taught me, my mother and my younger brother. Some 6 weeks later we were all baptised into the Church and we haven't looked back since. The best decisions I have made in my life are first to join the Church and second to marry my wife.

How I live my faith

I have been blessed with a wealth of experiences in the Church from being a youth leader in my teens, running scouts and camps, to serving in the priesthood, speaking at Church, managing a church farm, being a Branch President and a Bishop and serving as a local Mission President. Currently, I serve on a Church Council with special responsibility for the physical facilities in 6 church buildings and the Sunday programme for children age 2 to 11 in 6 congregations. I pray several times a day, try to read the scriptures daily, and try to help anyone in need. I try to keep myself removed from negative influences and look forward to Church meetings as they recharge my batteries.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Alan Carter
At the age of 16 whilst I was studying different religious beliefs, through a friend, who was not a member of the Church I met two Mormon Missionaries. I went to meet them planning to make fun of them, instead I had a spiritual witness that I should listen. Joining the Church is the best decision I have made! I am now 67, have been happily married for 46 years, have 7 children and 22 grandchildren all active in the Church. Show more Show less