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Hi I'm Arlen

I'm a father, a husband, a grandfather, and a lawyer. I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints -- a Mormon.

About Me

I am the husband of a beautiful woman, and father of four wonderful boys. I have an adorable granddaughter and a grandson on the way. Their mother was a great addition to our family -- currently our only daughter (in-law). I graduated from BYU with a degree in Political Science and have a law degree from the University of Washington. I have been a practicing attorney for 22 years, primarily in the area of defense litigation. I have served as a teacher and in several leadership capacities in the Church, and balancing time between work, church, and family responsibilities can be challenging, but it's worth it. I have been blessed with much, and should therefore be willing to give much.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe a simple question deserves a simple answer. Truth is things as they really are, as they really were, and as they really will be. In other words, truth is what it is. You cannot change it or twist it to your own desires. You can only seek it out; and once you find it, decide whether you will abide by it's precepts, or not. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I have found the truth -- the Gospel of Jesus Christ -- and am trying to live by its precepts. In doing so, I have found much peace and happiness. As Christ has said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life . . .." (John 14:6).

How I live my faith

I have had the opportunity to serve in many capacities in the Church, starting from a young age, including serving as a missionary in Japan at age 19. I cannot remember a time when I did not know that the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ are true. I may not always succeed, but I try to live my faith the best I can, every day. As a newly called Bishop, I am currently faced with my greatest challenge of service so far in the Church. But if I have learned anything over my many years of service in the Church, it is that the Lord does not leave us alone when we are serving Him. I'm counting on His help, and I know I will receive it.