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Hi I'm Al

I am a professional photographer, and I love discovering and recording the beauty of nature with my cameras. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have spent most of my life working as a systems analyst for a good number of major corporations. However, during the years that I was employed in the business world, I became very involved in all aspects of photography in my spare time and during my numerous vacations. Since retiring from my last job as a consultant specializing in large-scale computer applications development, I have been devoting most of my energies and extensive knowledge of computers to providing digital imaging services, doing professional picture framing and making sales of Texas Hill Country related fine art and photography. Since I became a member of the Church over three years ago, I have been blessed by having many opportunities to take photographs of the members of my small branch, as well as being able to record major events involving baptisms and temple sealings/marriages. In fact, I am very proud of the fact that several of the photographs that I have taken of our local temple have been sought after by the members of my branch and stake to hang in their homes and church offices.

Why I am a Mormon

Back in the early part of 2007, the missionaries came to my house and introduced me to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and to the restored gospel. After receiving strong confirmation that the Book of Mormon is true, I decided to make some major changes in my life and to completely follow the Word of Wisdom. Consequently through the power of my new-found faith and through daily prayer, I was miraculously able to give up my growing addictions to alcohol, tobacco and coffee all at once and within a very short period of time. I subsequently became baptized in September of that year, and a little over a year later I was able to go to my local temple and participate in sacred ordinances . . . something which I never dreamed was possible for me to do before becoming a member of the Church. I know this Church is true, not only by what I regularly read in the scriptures; but also by witnessing the major improvements in my life, by experiencing the many blessings that come from my post-retirement career working for a local art gallery, and by receiving the benefits from the tremendous improvements in my family relationships from closely following Church principles and guidelines. I have also made many friends with members of my branch and stake, and these relationships have not only improved my life (and hopefully theirs), but they have also further strengthened my faith in Jesus Christ. Although I give a lot of support to the Church through my callings and through regular contributions to projects aimed at providing service to others, I feel that the Church also provides me with uncountable blessings in return that far exceed these relatively minor demands on my time.

How I live my faith

My primary church calling is centered on collecting and organizing the historical records of our local branch. This particular calling fortunately brings together my background in photography and computer technology, and I am able to record our many events and service projects on "digital film" and blend them into numerous documents that become part of our rapidly growing historical record. The fact that I typically attend church supported activities with my bulky camera in tow does not stop me from getting fully engaged in providing other more physical forms of support at these events as well. Over the last several years, I have also been expending a lot of effort in the area of teaching and lesson development in order to provide other members with the information that they need to know from the many Church publications that we are given to develop our annual study programs. Despite the fact that I have been more of a technical person than a public speaker for most of my life, I have been told by other members that my untapped speaking abilities are starting to emerge and that my lessons are becoming more and more effective each week. The only explanation for this very positive development in my life is the strong spiritual support that I am now obtaining as a member of the Church. Finally, I have found that my background in computers comes in handy in developing various databases that are regularly required to record church related information. I am also frequently called upon to develop computer-based graphics that are needed to advertise many of our community focused events. In general, I find that my faith, combined with over fifty years of diverse job related experiences, enables me to not only support my local branch, but also to provide much needed services to Church members and non-members alike. When it comes to serving others, I try to pattern my activities as much as possible after the great example of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Al
A major part of being a Mormon is to follow the example of Jesus Christ, especially when it comes to serving others. Just like our Savior would instruct us to do, we make no distinction between Mormons and non-Mormons in determining who needs our help and support. Every person in need is our brother or sister, regardless of their form of faith; or even despite any current lack of faith. Show more Show less