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Hi I'm Allen Perry

I am an avid baseball fan and played competitive softball. I garden and love to keep my lawn green and neat. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I worked for 38 years for a major corporation and retired only to find that I really need to work to maintain a balanced life. My passion in life is baseball. Since I was a little boy I have been a big-time Cleveland Indians fan. I have never visited Cleveland nor have I lived in Ohio. I just like the Indians. One of my hobbies is collecting John Wayne western movies. My five children live in various parts of the U.S.; three on the east coast and two in western states. I recently bought a 1998 Porsche Boxster as my wife and I would like to travel around in a convertible sports car.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, my parents went to the closest church to our home. The Baptist Church that we attended had great people and we gained many friends. When I married it was to a girl of the Catholic faith. Our marriage lasted only 7 years during which time the only time I found myself in church was on the high holidays. I met my present wife and best friend at work. We dated for a year and then we decided to give marriage another chance as both of us were divorced. She was a lifelong member but was never actively involved in church-going. She had decided to get back to her roots and become an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I went with her to maintain unity in our young marriage. One night, over dinner, we decided that we would have the missionaries come and explain about the Church so that I would not have any misconceptions about Mormons because all I knew about them was that the girls didn't wear lipstick, the members don't play cards, and they don't dance! Just as I finished agreeing to invite the missionaries our doorbell rang. Guess who? It was the missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They came in and over the next several weeks my wife and I learned more about this church. To complete this investigation, we attended Sunday meetings regularly to make sure that we would be comfortable in attending regularly. To me, it was like coming home and getting all of my questions answered. The Baptist Church that I had attended had changed so much, being more in the vein of secular entertainment rather than spiritual growth. Other than marrying my wife, this is the best decision that I have ever made. I was baptized in 1981 and have continued in full activity all these years.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to live a life that is a good example for my children as well as my friends and neighbors. The one thing that brings me peace and joy is in serving others who have a pressing need. I served as the bishop of my ward for seven years. During this time I met with people that were struggling financially, physically, and emotionally. My greatest satisfaction was in helping someone to see the hope that they have in life and helping them to make the changes in their lives that will restore them to joy and happiness. I have also been very involved in the Boy Scout troop at our ward as well as the overall youth program. In the community, my wife and I have always been involved in our children's schools as members of the PTA and School Site Council. And for relaxation, I coached youth baseball and soccer teams! The best part of this endeavor was seeing boys and girls learn all aspects of the sport; team play and the ability to win and lose in a gracious manner.