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Hi I'm Allan

I am a doctor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a General Practioner or Family doctor. I enjoy helping people. Being a doctor is like solving a puzzle. You get bits of information from the history, examination and put it all together to get a diagnosis, backed up by investigations if needed. Becoming a doctor was a hard journey that, like the gospel, requires you to keep learning for the rest of your life. There is so much to know. I enjoy hanging out with my family and gardening in my past time. I especially enjoy going around our area on my scooter with my children.

Why I am a Mormon

I had attended a number of churches and found that none of them really attracted me. Mostly they were unfriendly and impersonal. I went to one church for about a year and when I stopped going, I did not know one person there by name, other than the friend I went there with. My brother joined the Mormon church first and tried to introduce me, but I would have nothing to do with it. The "Mormons" had been talked about at a previous church I attended and not in a good way. At that time I was not ready and it was only later that I became ready to listen to the missionaries and learn about the church. When I received the lessons it all made sense to me and I learned more about the gospel than I had over the rest of my church-going life. Since becoming a member of the church I have learned more and more and have a firm testimony of the Mormon church and its teachings. I believe it has the fullness of the gospel and is lead by God. Also, I have found the Mormon church to be alot friendlier than the other churches I had attended. When I started going, people would go up to me and introduce themselves. They invited me out to various activities as I was a "young single adult" at the time. The church has programs for youth, young single adults and older adults to help them meet together and get to know each other. And although all these things are good, the main reason I became a member of the church is because I know the only way I can grow closer to God and his Son, Jesus Christ and return to live with them, is by being a member of His church.

How I live my faith

I am a Bishop (Like a Priest or pastor in other churches) within the Mormon church. I help as a leader in a congregation by helping organise church activities such as the Sunday sacrament service, helping people with problems including helping with repenting from things in their lives they have done wrong, attending and helping with the youth of the church, ensuring the finances in the church are correct and accounted for. I visit people in their homes to teach and preach, as well as giving occasional talks in church. In my duties I am assisted by many men and women in the congregation. It is a shared responsibility, as we have no paid priests or leaders. We are all voluntarily giving of our time and talents to the Lord.

What is faith?

Allan
Faith is a belief in things that we can not see or touch etc., but are true. Being a member of the Mormon church requires us all to have faith. We can never have an absolute knowlege of things when we first hear about them. We need to have faith and believe. Then we test the things we have faith in and then can have a knowlege of their truthfulness from our experiences. For example, we have faith in the Book of Mormon we act on this faith by reading and praying about it then we get a witness of the truthfulness of it through the Holy Ghost and can know for ourselves that it is true. But it all starts with faith. Show more Show less