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Hi I'm Alan Beste

I'm a husband (ONE wife), a father (X8), a teacher, a musician (vocal, instrumental), a Japanese/German speaker, and a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the L.A. area, moving to Garland, Utah after my mother re-married in 1960. I went to Bear River High and then to USU in Logan. I split my college years with a mission to Japan (1966-69). I married my wife Linda in 1970 and graduated in 1971. I returned to USU for a M.A. in 1973. I taught Music, Band, German, History and Choir at various levels (K-12/collegiate) until 2009. Currently my 8 children and their spouses (8) and children (22-25) are spread from Hawai'i to Nashville, including Arizona, New Mexico, California, Oregon and Utah (2). Also, currently, I am invovled with choirs (4), a Jazz Band, an orchestra and a Barbershop Quartet. I keep my days free so I have enough energy for my nightly rehearsals. My wife and I love to travel. We have to, since she HAS to visit the grandkids. And, because we are time-share junkies and I am cheap (ask the kids) we travel to more exotic locations sometimes. Also, currently, I am the Show Low 1st Ward Executive Secretary.

Why I am a Mormon

As my parents were members of the church and, at that time, active, I was raised in the faith, receiving baptism at the age of 8. My young testimony grew through my youth. I took great interest in coming to know about not only the teachings of the church, but also its history. My mission to Japan increased both my understanding and testimony. Working with a people who only knew about Jesus Christ because they knew he had something to do with Christmas gave me an even deeper understanding of the atonement and my relationship to my Savior and His Father. As I learned more about church history, I also developed a strong appreciation for Joseph Smith and all this remarkable man was lead and allowed to accomplish in his all-too-short life. He was human and yet was called by God to touch the lives of all humanity. He had frailties and yet showed the strength to endure so many trials and persecutions. His victories have always stood as a model of hope and success. And the Book of Mormon? It shows not only the prophethood of Joseph Smith, but also the love of Christ and the power and foreknowledge of our Heavenly Father. And, yes to complete the Godhead, its "test" also proves the existence of the Holy Ghost. These things I believe, these things I know.

How I live my faith

How do I live my faith? Vey carefully. Our journey through life is like walking a minefield. The "mines" we encounter in life are usually all too visible. They are just usually well disguised. Consider, however, the tightrope walker: the path is clear and well-defined, the risks are all quite obvious. The goal is well-defined. What we need to get from pre-mortality (platform A) to eternal life (platform B) is strength, courage and BALANCE. Our faith and testimonies give us the first two, the Iron Rod (pun intended) gives us the balance. So where does Christ figure in? He's the ROPE!