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Hi I'm Alan

I'm a husband and father. I work as a financial planner. I'm a Christian and, yes, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an inquisitive person. I always like to know the “why” behind everything, if possible. This is probably part of the reason why I always enjoyed mystery novels. I enjoyed reading Sherlock Holmes, The Hardy Boys and Encyclopedia Brown as a kid. I enjoy thinking about how things are connected. I like puzzles and riddles, I can solve a Rubik’s cube in under 3 minutes (okay, I read a solution book to figure it out). I enjoy most sports. I love baseball and basketball; played them both in high school and played baseball in junior college. I was never a good hitter and unless you are actually playing baseball my pitching skills aren’t really needed, so thirty-something softball leagues aren’t among my favorite ways to spend my time. If I can avoid jumping while I play basketball then I will, but my outside shot has gotten a lot better over the years. I love photography and have a very nice camera but it still uses film and I’m too frugal to pay for film development to eventually become a decent photographer and too frugal to buy a nice digital camera to assist me in the pursuit. Through my photography I discovered I love the architecture of bridges. I have a witty sense of humor, if you are around me you may have to step over, around or go through the multitude of puns that I use. I’m a family man. I love my family and I’m just trying to do the right things for them and to those with whom I come in contact.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a Mormon, but I can honestly say that I used to ask myself ‘Why am I a Mormon?’ As early as I can remember I have always believed in Jesus Christ. I would credit that belief to my parents because they taught me about Jesus Christ. As I got a little older I began to realize that there were a lot of churches that believed in Jesus Christ. If you are a boy in the church, it is understood and expected that one day you will serve as a missionary for two years when you are around the age of 19. I remember being about 10 years old, sitting on my kitchen floor when my parents mentioned something about me one day serving my mission. I declared to them at that time that I was not going to serve a mission for the church. The reason was because I still had my doubts. I couldn’t go out and tell people that this was the true church of Jesus Christ because I still didn’t know that. My life changed when I was in 8th grade. I was not happy. I wasn’t the person I wanted to be. I knew there were things that I had been taught to do that I wasn’t doing. At this time of my life, I turned to my Heavenly Father in prayer and asked for the help of my Savior Jesus Christ. I started to exercise my faith in all of the things I had been taught and I discovered for myself that Jesus’ words were true “ My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself” John 7:16-17. I came to know that truly Jesus is the Christ and that this is His one and only true church. I know it more surely today. Why am I a Mormon? Perhaps Peter said it best after many of Jesus’ disciples went back, and walked no more with him and Jesus asked the twelve, “Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life” John 6:66-68. I humbly submit that the reason why I am Mormon is because the words that lead to eternal life are only found here.

How I live my faith

I have been ordained to hold the priesthood which brings additional responsibilities such as sharing the gospel as a missionary which I did for two years living in a foreign country and paying my own way. I cherish my experience as a missionary and would not have traded those days for anything. I look forward to and plan to one day serve additional missions with my wife. As a member of the church, we are all given certain responsibilities in order to make sure the church functions. There are no paid clergy, so everyone needs to pitch in and help. Responsibilities can and will rotate; these responsibilities are known in the church as “callings.” My current calling is to arise early in the morning each school day and meet with a classroom of high-school-aged church members before these boys and girls go off to school each day. We read from and learn together from the scriptures as we come to know Jesus Christ better. We call this “Early Morning Seminary” and I’m their teacher. I typically wake up around 5am for this calling and on average spend at least two hours each night preparing the next day’s lesson. Not only do I do this for free, but I don’t even have a kid of my own in the class and I’m happy to do this service! Honestly I am always so humbled by the teenagers who sacrifice each morning to be there to learn more about the Savior. The best example of how I live my faith is found in the sacred promises I have made with my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. These sacred promises are called covenants. I have made covenants at various times, such as at baptism and when I was ordained to the priesthood, but the most solemn covenants I have made were done within the walls of the Lord’s Holy Temples. I strive every day to emulate the Savior, because I know that one day I will stand before Him and will have to answer for my thoughts and deeds and I want to keep the promises I have made to Him because I know He will keep the promises that He has made with me.