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Hi I'm Alan

I was born in Mesa and grew up mostly in Flagstaff, I'm a native Arizonan and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My hightest priority is my family. I am a father of 4 children who are all seeking to make a place for themselves in this world. I love my wife and my children and my focus is on making sure that have a stable home that is always there for them. I love the outdoors, the forest and the desert. I took up skiing later in life and my children allow me on the slopes with them as long as I'm paying :^) I also enjoy active indoor games, especially ping pong. While I like to read and study, to learn and teach, it is very hard for me to sit still. I'm a professional in a technology industry and have been involved in the technological explosion of the last quarter century. Working with hardware and software teaches me over and over that laws govern this universe we live in. It is orderly and precise, even in all of the mystery and majesty from the infinitely large to the infintesimally small.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents are of "Pioneer Heritage"; for Mormons, this means that our ancestors joined the Mormon church in the mid 19th century and immigrated to Utah. During the mid 1850s, my father's family joined the church in Scotland. My mother's family accepted the message of the missionaries about the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ in England. Enduring enormous sacrifice both families independently migrated to the US, taking similar routes to end up in the Salt Lake Valley of northern Utah. The question for me, then, is not so much why I'm a Mormon, but "Why do I still practice Mormonism?" The most important reason that I maintain my membership and actively worship as a Mormon is that I firmly believe that the principles and doctrines about God and salvation taught in the Mormon Church are true. In this context, it is important to understand that the term Mormon is a nickname. The formal / correct name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I believe that Jesus Christ continues to actively lead His church through revelation. Each one of us has a responsibility to recieve direct personal guidance about how our Savior wants us to live. But, the Savior also leads His church by providing guidance to a living Prophet and Apostles, as He did in the past. Each one of us can receive guidance from Him, through the Holy Ghost on those things that are most important. I also believe that my salvation and that of my family, both my joy and happiness in this life and my eternal destiny, can only be achieved through faith in Jesus Christ and reliance on His atonement to bridge the gap between my humanity and my eternal capacity. I believe that the greatest chance for my children to have a happy and productive life and an enduring love for each other and for the Savior comes through actively participating in the Christian community established and organized as the Mormon Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I believe that the challenge of Christianity is to allow the Spirit of Christ to enter into me and change me from a "natural man" interested only in worldly pleasures and pursuits into a child of Christ, committed to loving God and my fellow men more than anything else. I participate in my church congregation (Ward) not only worhipping on Sunday, but also being involved in this community throughout the week. I visit members of the church and bring brief gospel messages into their homes to help remind them (and me) of how important it is to make the Savior part of our lives every day. I personally study the scriptures daily to find and apply the lessons of past prophets and apostles in my daily walk. Part of the restoration of the gospel included Christ restoring the ability of all men to hold the Priesthood. This is not limited to a select clergy, but to all who desire and are willing. The Priesthood is the power of God given to man to act in His behalf. Therefore it is a power of blessing and service. It is not used to enrich or give privelege, but it is used to call down the powers of Heaven to bless our Heavenly Father's children. In the book of James, in the Bible, we are taught that the Elders of the Church are able to minister to the sick (see James 5:14). When requested, and based on our faith, I have the honor and privelege of blessing and healing the sick. With this same power and authority, I can also give blessings of encouragement and protection to my wife and children. This is a great gift to our family that brings us together and enriches our lives. I also practice my faith in my profession by always trying to be an example of someone who believes in Christ. I don't know how many people know that I am a Mormon, but I think that they all know that I care at least as much about being good as about doing a good job. I work hard, but I try to never lose track of who I am and that I follow my Savior.