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Hi I'm Alan Thompson

I grew up in sunny central California, but now enjoy life in rainy and green Washington State.

About Me

I am a husband (married to my wife Jenny in December 1991) and father of 3 children. We waited many years to start a family and were finally fortunate to adopt all three of our children when they were just days old. it was often very difficult to wait (8 years after we were married) to adopt our first child. However, now that they are 12, 8, and 6; we are thankful for all the happiness they have brought into our lives. I work for Scholastic Book Fairs and am proud how Scholastic promotes children achieving their best as they become life long readers. When I grew up in California I learned to love baseball. My passion for baseball continues as I have shared my love of baseball with my two boys and run a fantasy baseball league (for over 20 years). My favorite baseball team is the Los Angeles Dodgers. Besides baseball, I enjoy watching most sports, including college football and basketball. When I was 19 years old I chose to spend two years serving as a missionary. I was able to serve my two years in German speaking Switzerland and southern Germany. Before starting my career, I graduated from Brigham Young University in journalism; a degree that has led to my current job (in a round about way) working with books at Scholastic.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up attending church on a weekly basis, as my parents and my ancestors have been members of the Mormon faith since the early 1830's. While I grew up in the faith, there was a time I had to decide and discover for myself that the church I had attended all my life, truely taught the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a young teenager I knelt to pray in a quiet bedroom of my parent's home. I asked if the book I had just completed reading (The Book of Mormon) was true? I knew that if I found the Book of Mormon to be true, then Joseph Smith was a prophet and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contained the full gospel of Jesus Christ. While praying, I felt a burning in my heart, that was unmistakable. This was an answer to me, direct from my Heavenly Father that this is his church; lead by his Son Jesus Christ. I know this church is true and I know Jesus Christ is my saviour . Through his atoning sacrifice we can all return to live with him and our Father in Heaven; if we just choose to follow the example of Jesus Christ, be baptized and live a life of service and kindness to our fellowmen.

How I live my faith

I have remained strong in this faith, volunteering countless hours of service to my local church community each and every week. Throughout the years I have been asked to teach children of all ages; as well as adults. I have most enjoyed my time with the young men; which has included many hours with Boy Scouts on campouts and various other activities. An important part of my life as a Mormon, has been my marriage to my wife in the Seattle LDS temple in December 1991. As we promised to be true to eachother throughout our lives, we also promised to be true to the teachings of our Saviour Jesus Christ and to pray to our Heavenly Father, daily; for guidance and strength. Our marriage in the Temple is also called a "sealing." This means we are bound together in marriage in this life and in the next life. When each of our children reached about the age of 6 months and were legally adopted; we then had them sealed to us, also in the Seattle LDS Temple. This is a great comfort and strength to our family - to know we will be together forever as a family, as long as we follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and keep the covenants we made in the Temple.