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Hi I'm Allen

I'm a football coaching, Lego building, viola music loving Dad, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a boy my two great loves in life were the Oakland A's and the Oakland Raiders. I have five brothers and no sisters. My dad used to say that my mom's only fault was, "she doesn't remember what it was like to be a little boy". My brothers and I grew up dreaming of becoming major league baseball or NFL stars someday. Of course, that didn't work out, so I worked my way through college. I eventually served for seven years in the United States Air Force as a family doctor, and have now settled back in Spokane Valley with my wife and four children. I enjoy coaching my boys in soccer and YMCA football, and I love listening to my daughter perform on the piano, fiddle and viola. One of my favorite things in medical practice is taking care of patients that knew me when I was just a kid. I enjoy cooking, snow skiing and classic cars. Next to my relationship with God, the most important thing in life is my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have felt the Holy Ghost. As a boy I did not enjoy going to church. My favorite Sundays were ones when the baby was taking a nap and I'd get to stay home to babysit. Then I would watch football on TV and feel lucky I wasn't in a boring meeting. However, I must have learned something the times I attended church, because I grew up obedient to my parents and lived church teachings. Then one day when I was fifteen, my brother Steven was killed in a car accident. Instead of feeling only sadness or despair, I felt a comforting feeling that despite death, my brother was okay. His spirit lived on, and we would meet again. During that difficult time I missed Steven, I cried, I watched my mother miss him, but I often felt a peace and comfort that all was well. It didn't matter that my little brother would never play soccer or be on a baseball team. I somehow knew that God loved him and God loved me and there is life after death. I could not explain at the time how I knew those things. I just knew that I knew them. A few years later I had to decide for myself whether I was going to follow Christ or choose another path. I prayed for guidance. I felt the same calm, comforting feeling that I had felt just after my brother died, letting me know what I should do. I soon recognized that this uplifting, comforting, peaceful feeling was the Holy Ghost. I have felt the Holy Ghost guide me many times since. He has brought peace to my mind, comfort to my soul, and thoughts to my remembrance. The scriptures describe feeling the Holy Ghost or "Holy Spirit" in many different ways. For me it is never a voice heard with my ears, but a thought that comes to my mind or a feeling to my heart--feelings of love, joy, peace, calm, comfort and being made whole. The Holy Ghost has guided me in my life and that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by teaching my children to pray and to be kind to one another. We read The Book of Mormon and the Bible together and pray together as a family. I pray and study scriptures on my own. I treat my wife with as much love and respect as I can. I attend church meetings on Sunday and try to keep the Sabbath day holy. I serve in the church by cleaning the meetinghouse, mopping floors, scrubbing toilets, and shoveling snow. I also visit members in their homes and provide leadership. My past church service has included teaching sunday school, coaching youth basketball and leading cubscouts. I strive to be honest in my business, and most of my spending money goes to kids music lessons, sports camps, tutoring and art lessons. I serve in the community by volunteering at the local hospital and by coaching youth soccer and YMCA football. I try to treat others the way Christ would treat them if he were here.

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Allen
Because God told our prophet that we should. Then in 1890 he told our prophet that it was time to stop polygamy. Why would God tell our prophet to do that? I don't know. I can only speculate. Perhaps it was because it was done in the Old Testament and we needed to resume it again for a time. Perhaps because many of our men died, leaving women and children uncared for in the unsettled west of the 1800's and it was a way to protect women and children. Perhaps it was to increase the number of children born to righteous men in the early days of the church and speeded the settling of Utah and the western U.S. I don't know for sure why God asked us to do it. Perhaps it was to test our faith and see if we would be obedient to what he asked. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Allen
Mormons believe the Bible to be the word of God. Yes Mormons believe the Bible is scripture. Two big differences between Mormons and most other Christian religions are that number one: We believe the Bible to be the word of God "as far as it is translated correctly". We realize that there have been mistakes in translation from the original writings of the biblical prophets, and we also believe that some parts of the Bible may have been lost or left out. But on the whole we believe the Bible is scripture. Number two: The Bible is not the only scripture. God revealed himself to other prophets who wrote and some of those writings have been translated into what we have now as the Book of Mormon. God continues to reveal things to prophets and we may continue to receive even more scripture. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Allen
Awesome. It makes life so much easier in many ways. It lets me know where I came from, why I am alive and where I am going after I die. It leaves me free to choose. I don't have to be swept around my the media and trends and whatever popular person is deciding what is cool these days. It lets me know who I am and gives me confidence in what is right. It keeps me out of trouble--off of drugs and alcohol, free of pornography and filth. It associates me with many fantastic people. Show more Show less