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Hi I'm Al

I was raised all around the world. I was an Army intelligence analyst. I enjoy classic cars and I'm a Mormon convert.

About Me

I was born in a military family that traveled a great deal. I rarely went to the same school for more than one school year. My parents were divorced when I was 10 years old. I love leaning new things. I have learned three languages and am now studying Spanish. Ever since I was a small boy, I have had a huge fascination with cars. Classic cars and muscle cars especially. I have owned 168 cars in my life...so far. I love meeting people from all around the world. They can teach us so much. I am a Mormon and a child of God.

Why I am a Mormon

In my youth I always had questions that couldn't be answered by my church leaders. Confusing principles that made no sense and sometimes even made me question it all. Even at a young age the Spirit was prompting me to seek the truth to my questions. I did so for many years and came to the conclusion that perhaps God didn't really exist. I couldn't understand with just one shot at life, it might end as an infant in a bed or being born into a part of the world or even at home here in the U.S. without having an opportunity to know Jesus as my personal Savior. This and much more led me away from all churches for quite a while. After I married and had a child, I knew that there must be more. I began looking once again and started attending protestant services on my military installation. This seemed fine for a while but I still felt there must be more. The very fact that the services were conducted by numerous protestant faiths emphasized the need to find something more. I good friend of mine I had met while studying the Russian language, invited my wife and me to attend church with his family. I asked where and when. He gave directions and informed us that it was three hours long. By this time, I had two children and it seemed to be an awful long time to be at church with small children so I politely turned him down. Several years later upon my return from Dessert Storm, my wife had taken the kids and left me. I was lost. My friend again invited me to have dinner with his family and notified me that the missionaries would be there as well so it wouldn't be any problem to add "one more place at the table". I met the missionaries and quickly grew to like them. After several more meals...and conversation, they invited me to listen to the discussions. I then met "my missionaries". Elders Avery and Walls. They were great and taught me much. Most of my questions were easily answered, as if they were well known facts. They were to them. My life forever changed for the best.

How I live my faith

It's now been 20 years since I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and even though I am still learning much, I no longer call myself a recent convert. I stopped at the 10 year mark. I have had many callings in the church and have continued to learn that the joy and love that God offers us can easily be found by serving our brothers and sisters here on Earth. It can't be explained in a short explanation. In fact maybe not in decades, but our Heavenly Father is just that. The loving, caring Father of our souls. I know this and it makes all the difference. Everything that happens in our lives He is aware of, and can be used to make us better, more like him, more loving to others and ourselves. It is so wonderful to know that we are all connected and will need to help each other to make it home. Every "calling" or position we hold in church helps us grow as we help others. What a wonderful plan. All of this is wonderful but what about all my family that came before me? What about them? How can they have this joy? This is were this Church differs from many others. They are not gone and forgotten. Through genealogy work done by this Church and work done in our Temples, no one need be forgotten. It is this Temple work that truly brings the highest degree of joy we can experience. The saving of our families. Eternal families. With the things I've learned and prayed about, I now no longer drink alcohol, smoke, or do other things that are not pleasing to God. My life is short and there is much to do. Following the teaching of Christ is not just a Sunday thing, it is a way of life. Of salvation. There are so many programs in the Church, that you will always be enticed to expand your capabilities and walk in the steps of our Savior, Jesus Christ.