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Hi I'm Alan

I'm a car nut. I love to travel and read a good book. I’m a husband, father, and now a grandfather. I am a miracle. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I'm a car nut; some say that gasoline runs in my veins. My passion and business with cars started at an early age. My father, who was a high school teacher, began selling cars and became a Chevrolet dealer. We moved to a small town in Western Washington 42 years ago. I started working at thirteen by sweeping the floors and washing cars. I sold my first car at fifteen years old. After serving a mission for our church and attending college, I returned home to learn the family business. My dad has passed away, but like him I am now teaching my son the car business. I am a happily married husband with five beautiful children. They are the greatest blessing in my life and now we are grandparents. Three of our children are married and two are still in college, so we are officially empty nesters...except for the dog. We love to travel and have visited five continents and many countries. I never really left the small town I grew up in. It is a community that has enriched our family’s lives so I try to give back when I can. I’m involved in our local healthcare foundation, supported a new hospital and helped fund a new football field for our High School. I am also a member of the local Rotary Club. I’m a miracle. After 9/11, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. I survived the surgery. The six inch scar is on the back of my head so at least I don’t have to look at it. I love teaching youth from the scriptures. My favorite class to teach is the Old Testament

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon blesses me and my family. The Church helps me strengthen my relationship with Jesus Christ and know that He is my Saviour and Redeemer. It brings peace to my life. The Church gives me the knowledge of where I came from before this life, why I am here and more importantly, that I will live again beyond this life with my family. I was raised in a family where my mother was a convert to the church and my father was the life-long member that didn’t participate. Regardless of his lack of church attendance and vices, he was a Mormon. He encouraged and supported the rest of the family to attend. I was surprised at eighteen when he asked me to consider serving a mission for the Church. I was getting ready to leave home and attend college. Taking two years out of my life to be a missionary was the last thing I wanted to do. I felt that the teachings of the Church I had received were true, but I certainly didn't have the conviction or witness sufficient to share my faith with others. I had read the Bible and Book of Mormon in my younger teenage years, but to get my answer I needed a witness that the Book of Mormon was the word of God. For the first time in my life I sincerely, earnestly prayed for that answer. One night after lengthy study and prayer I felt an indescribable feeling of warmth and His peace envelop me. The Holy Ghost whispered to me that it was true. As a Mormon, I didn’t have to go to theological school to serve God. I have been given the priesthood or the authority and power of God to act in his name. That priesthood blesses me, my family and others in times of sickness and adversity. I feel that my successful recovery from a brain tumor is a result of a priesthood blessing from others. The Temple provides us with the ordinances necessary to keep our family together beyond this life. Having a brain tumor was the scariest thing in my life. Our Temple marriage and sealing for time and all eternity was my lifeline waiting for surgery.

How I live my faith

Being Mormon means I choose to live my religion 24 / 7. I am not just a Sunday worshiper. Every day I try to live my faith. I emphasize the word “try”, because I often fall short. At Baptism we make a promise to God to be witnesses if Jesus Christ at all times and in all places. I work on trying to be an example of the Savior. I do my best to match my behavior to my belief in Jesus Christ. I know that when I do my best his grace will make up the difference. I start my morning by spending a few minutes studying the scriptures and praying. I end each day by doing the same. In my business every day is a new challenge and in this economy usually frustrating. I find when I spend a moment contemplating the Lord’s word and praying for his help, my day usually goes better. I believe the most important part of living my faith is being a great husband and father. I continue to strive doing that.