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Hi I'm Allen

I practice medicine with the poor and underserved in my community. I'm a father of two and happily married. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love playing with my kids and teaching them about the world. I feel so blessed every time I think about being married to my wonderful wife. I enjoy my time working with 12-13 year old boy scouts and watching them grow. I ride my bike to work each day to get a little exercise and save a little on fuel costs. I njoy exercising regularly and I watch recorded soccer matches from the US, england, Italy and Spain to keep me going during my workouts. I like reading spy novels and fantasy, but lately have been intruiged by biographies. I practice medicine as a physician assistant with mostly the poor and underserved in my town. It brings me a lot of satisfaction to improve the lives of others who wouldn't have such an opportunity otherwise.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be raised in an LDS family with strong values and faith, but there came the time when I had to know for myself if what I was taught is true. Our church encourages each member to read, ponder and pray about the scriptures to gain a personal conviction or testimony of the gospel. As a teenager I read the Book of Mormon every night on my own. I would have soccer or swimming practice after school, go to work until the store closed and then come home and start my home work. Even though I was often exhausted, I still read every night and prayed to know if it was true. If it was from God. After doing this for a while, I began noticing I was learning. I felt like God was teaching me personally his plan through the words of these ancient prophets. I would find myself in tears as I read because I felt so grateful for Him teaching me these precious truths. It meant He knew me and loved me. I prayed each night to know if the Book of Mormon was true and I felt an overwhelmingly warm assurance come over me on many occasions. I would apply those things I was learning and repent. I would ask for forgiveness through the atonement of Christ and try to change my behaviors to be more in line with Christ's teachings. I felt exactly what those ancient prophets promised if I did so. I felt clean. I felt happy. Life became sweet and challenges became opportunities to grow. As I experienced these things as a result of doing what the scriptures teach, my faith became even more certain. That's why I'm a mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by acting on what I know to be true. I know God is the father of all mankind and loves each person. I act on that knowledge by trying to help and serve those around me. I love science and found that medicine was a way to use a field of knowledge I enjoy so much and apply it for the good of those around me. I teach 12-13 year old young men at church and help them with scouting during the week. I help organize outings where up in the mountains, away from the distractions of the world I share with them who they are, where they came from and how to be with our Heavenly Father again some day. It's worth sleeping out on a snow feild or canoeing across wind-blown lakes with these young men to have that unique opportunity to stand by a campfire at an important cross road in their lives and share what I know to be true. Together with my wife, we read the scriptures and pray each night as a family a have a special night each week to share a gospel lesson, activity and a treat. I know God has a plan for our happiness and he teaches those things to us through modern day prophets, scriptures and through his Holy Ghost. Because I know this I study the scriptures regularly and read the teachings of the Lord's servants in our day. I have found a number of great podcasts which I listen to on my phone when doing things around the house or on trips. I try to "feast on the words of Christ" as the Book of Mormon teaches. I know life is a time for me and my family to prepare to meet God. This knowledge helps me face those challenges which are part of life and in them, learn what God would have me learn. Become a little more closer to what he would have me become. This perspective motivates me from day to day to have fun, be a positive influence on those around me and aside my wife to be good example to our children.