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Hi I'm Alande

I grew up in South Florida. I am a native of The Bahamas. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father of four wonderful children who has been blessed with a wonderful wife who is the glue of our family. I work in sales but I also enjoy playing the cello in a local symphony orchestra. I have many hobbies from art to music but my most valued time involves hanging out with my kids and being a kid myself. I'm not too complicated, which adequately sums me up.

Why I am a Mormon

In order to understand why I am Mormon, it's important to understand my family dynamics as a young man. My mother who passed away five years ago was at the time Baptist and my father was Jehovah's Witness. This was an interesting dynamic in my household but my parents never mandated that we attend either sect but rather allowed us the opportunity to choose what we wanted to follow. Their main concern was that we were involved with something good that would keep us out of trouble. I was 12 years old when my youngest sister at the time died of sickle cell anemia. I had a great deal of anger and questions toward God. How could he take my sister who I loved so much? I had lost a younger brother years earlier in the Ocean in The Bahamas. I had questions that I felt neither religion could answer. Until one day, the missionaries were in my neighborhood. I sought them out through my younger brother. With my parents approval, four of us began learning about the church. The missionaries thought us that families weren't just meant to last during this earthly existence but that they were eternal. The fact that I could one day be reunited with those that have been lost resonated with me along with the other truths of a restored gospel. After the missionaries completed their lessons with us, they invited us to be baptized. My parents were happy with our decision and we subsequently became a three religion family.

How I live my faith

In the LDS church, living your faith doesn't just encompass what you do every Sunday but rather it is a minute to minute personal accountability of how you live like Jesus Christ. This is not to say that we are perfect because we're not. Every decision I make incorporates the question,"What would Jesus Do?" It isn't always easy to make the right choices. The key is that I am striving to be like Jesus. Sundays serve as a time of renewal for each week, a time to take the sacrament and renew those covenants that were made. During the week, I am involved in work and in the community through my involvement in a non profit that helps me focus on helping others through using my talent in music. Everyone is different but the fundamental principle of striving to be like Jesus is common.