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Hi I'm Alan

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a builder. I started out helping my Dad when I could barely carry a hammer and have built many other building since then. Now most of my time is spent building virtually and helping others be better builders. I like to think that I am not only a builder of buildings but of people too. One of my greatest accomplishments in life is my family. While I don't feel old enough or wise enough to be one, I am a Grandpa to 6 grandkids who mean the world to my wife and I. Our family is our main hobby. Most everything we do relates to our family in one way or another. Since we are empty nesters now and our kids are from one end the country to the other we travel to see them or help them to travel to see us. We are very grateful we live at time when technology allows us to see and experience to some degree those specials moment in the lives of our childern and their children. Those first steps or first words or first tooth coming out.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of latter Day Saints shortly after they were married. They taught me to understand that our Father in Heaven is a loving Father that listened to our prayers. That we are here on this earth for a purpose and that purpose is to gain a physical body and be tested.  That He sent His Son to bleed and die for us so that we can repent from the mistakes we make and return to be with Him as Family after this life.  They taught me the fundamental skills to know right from wrong and how to be strong so I could make the right choices. . As good as my parents were in teaching me these things  there still came a time in my life that I had to choose for myself whether I was going to continue on the path they had started me on, to follow Christ or not. There came the time that I had to find out for myself if there was a Father in Heaven and what my parents had taught we was true.  I had to ask for myself if the Church of Jesus Christ of latter Day Saints was Christ's restored Church with all the power and authority to act in God's name. I had to read the Book of Mormon with the express purpose of finding out if it was true. I had read the Book of Mormon or at least many parts of it growing up, both at home and in Church. I had just accepted it . So I did and he answered.  This time as I read with real intent the words came to life. They testified of Christ and that He is the son of God and our Savior. That the Gospel he taught while on this earth was from our Father and not just for those in that area of the world but all of God's children in times past times present and times future. This confirmation came not by any grand and marvelous manifestation but by a peaceful, burning surety deep within my soul that He was there and the Book of Mormon was from Him delivered through His prophets.

How I live my faith

The Gospel of Jesus Christ's most fundamental principle and commandment is to first love God with all our heart, might, mind and strength and to second love our neighbors as ourselves . My goal is to increase my capacity to live that commandment each day of my life. It may be by working with the unemployed helping them find work or volunteering to teach high school and college students the skills I have learned or simply being considerate during rush hour traffic. There are many situations each day when we are faced with a choice to show love or not. I am not saying it is easy or that I always make the right choice but choosing to show charity makes not only me feel good but others too. I get a real kick out of seeing the look on someone's face when they are shown kindness at a time they least expect it.