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Hi I'm Alan

I have three boys and three girls. I love mountain biking, football, woodworking, and playing with my kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Arizona. As a kid I loved football, baseball and soccer. I also loved fishing, hiking and hunting with my dad. When I was in middle school our family moved to Utah and then back to a different small town in Arizona where I went to high school. I grew up working for my dad in his car dealership. I started washing cars when I was 12 or 13 years old. Over the years I learned how to detail cars, change oil and fuel filters, and other light mechanical work. I worked in the parts department and when I turned 18 started selling cars. I am now a partner with my dad in a car dealership and I joke now that I have been trying to get out of the car business for my whole life but my dad would never let me. My wife and I have known each other for as long as I can remember. She grew up in the same small town in Arizona that I did. Her older brother was a good friend of mine and she was a good friend of my younger sister. She was a cheerleader for my pop warner football team and I worked on her dad's farm for a summer while I was in high school. We now live in Mesa and have 6 kids. I still love to fish, hike and hunt. I love dancing with my wife and playing with my kids.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a senior in high school I was seriously injured in one of our football games. Before I was injured I dreamed that I would continue to play football in college. I still remember being in the hospital the night of my injury and asking the doctor if I would be able to play in our game the following week. The doctor told me that I might be able to play again in a year. I was crushed. I was sure my life was over. While recovering in the hospital a friend brought me a copy of The Book of Mormon. Although I had been raised a member of the church I had never seriously studied The Book of Mormon. My friend told me that if I would read The Book of Mormon I would feel better. My friend was right, reading The Book of Mormon did help me to feel better. Sometime later I finished reading The Book of Mormon and prayed to know if The Book of Mormon was true. God answered my prayer. I know that The Book of Mormon, and the Bible are the word of God and that the word of God has the power to heal our soul and mend a broken heart. I thought that my life had ended the night of my football injury. The reality is that God knew that there was a much better life for me that didn't revolve around football and that night he was helping me to start a much better life.

How I live my faith

For ten of the last thirteen years I have been a Boy Scout Leader working with the youth of our church (ages 12 to 18). We play basketball, we regularly go hiking, skiing, canoeing, fishing, camping, and biking. I have been able to teach the young men to enjoy dancing, woodworking, and sports. Together we have helped orphanages at Christmas time, helped to clean up parks and schools and many other community service projects. I love being able to help a young man learn what a football injury taught me. God is aware of us and if we will trust him he can help us to have a better life than we can have on our own.