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Hi I'm Allen

I am a Scoutmaster of a troop of 14 boys. I am related to Joseph Smith - the founder of the church. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have 4 sons and 1 daughter - they are precious to me. I love being a dad. One of my sons has mild autism - but I think that only makes me love him more. Another of my sons shows many of the traits of Aspergers syndrome. Having two kids with special needs can make family life challenging - but it has made me grow into a more loving and patient person. I am proud of each of my kids and all the good things they are doing. I have been married to my wife for 20 years now- she is a wonderful lady. We are both musical - and like to sing and play together. She is my eternal companion and soul mate. I am a CPA and work as a Corporate Accountant for a large public company. I love to play ragtime and jazz on the piano. I used to play piano in a restaurant while I was in school. As I said in my introduction, I am related to Joseph Smith. His grandfather, Asael Smith, is my 5th great grandfather. Asael Smith prophesied that one of his descendants would "revolutionize the world of religious faith." Asael Smith was 86 when he heard about the Book of Mormon (from his grandson Joseph Smith). He read it and declared that "It is of God." On that note, I like to point out that every member of Joseph Smith's immediate family joined the church, and that every member of his father's immediate family (except one uncle) also joined the church. I think that is a remarkable witness to the Prophet Joseph Smith. Those who knew him best, were his most faithful followers.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon Family- so I have always known a lot about the church. But knowledge really isn't enough. Each person has to spiritually find out for themselves whether it is true. During my teen years, I questioned everything and was moderately rebellious against my parents and their way of life. During that time, I also asked our Heavenly Father to help me know if the church was true. I attended the baptism of a friend, and a presentation was given about Joseph Smith's first vision. As I watched, I was filled with the Holy Ghost and knew from that time forward that the story of Joseph Smith was true. In the Bible, Jesus Christ told his disciples that the best way to test if something is true is to live it and see what happens. ( John 7:17 "If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God or whether I speak of myself"). I have used Christ's method and tested all the things taught by the church (by living them as best I can) and I can say without a doubt that I know they are true. I have lived long enough now, and have met enough people from different walks of life, to see how absolutely wonderful the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ is. Living the Mormon lifestyle and standards is the best way to have long-term happiness in this life (and also the best way to avoid the tragedies that can be avoided). Since that first experience spiritually learning about Joseph Smith, I have had countless spiritual witnesses and special moments when I knew that God was speaking to me. He is truly our Father in Heaven and he loves us and cares about each one of us individually. I know that through Jesus Christ (and only through Him), I have been forgiven of my sins and been washed clean. I wish that every person who has ever lived on earth could know what it feels like to be forgiven of their sins- and stop carrying all that guilt and other baggage around with them. That is why I am writing this.

How I live my faith

I am a Scoutmaster of 14 boys ages 12-13. I love it. (In total, our scouting program has about 35 boys ages 11 to 17.) Our troop includes boys from several faiths and ethnic backgrounds. Colorado is the best place to be a scout leader. There is so much to do here - 14-ers, sand dunes, plains, rivers, great camps, reservoirs, and wilderness areas to backpack in, and the weather is great almost the whole year. It takes a lot of time and dedication to be a scoutmaster. We go camping about once a month and we meet every week. I sometimes have to take vacation time from work. But I do it because I love serving the boys, and I love the values that scouting teaches them. Scouting teaches the boys to be physically fit, be good citizens, and live by a moral code. With all the immorality in our society today, they really need to clearly know what is right and wrong- and how to avoid getting trapped by bad things. Scouting also gives them confidence and self reliance. Michael Gurian (a well known psychologist) said that boys need to belong to a "tribe" to grow up healthy. I totally agree. I think scouting provides a good "gang" or "tribe" for boys to be part of.