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Hi I'm Alan

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First and foremost, I am a husband and a father. I love my wife and three kids (ages 4, 2, and 3 months) more than anything, and would do anything in my power for them. As a family, we love to spend time together doing whatever we can. Trips to Costco, mini-golf, and watching movies together are among our favorite things to do. I wish I could spend more time with them, but I spend most of my days drilling and filling teeth. Growing up in Northern Utah, I love anything out doors. Skiing and hiking are among my favorite, but I also love golf (although with three young children I don't find much time to get out).

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a member of the church, but for a few years (around age 14-15) flirted with the idea of quitting as my siblings had before me. My family is a very cerebral family. Many of them feel they are too smart to believe in things that aren't able to be proven without the scientific method. I was heading down the same path until I ran into the refiners fire. My older brother, and role model had a sever allergic reaction to a yellow jacket sting and was clinically dead for about 45 minutes. The doctors had all but given up on him when they allowed my father and a local bishop to perform a priesthood blessing, a blessing of healing. It was only after this that my hero took his first breath. Although the effects of his anoxic brain injury were permanent, he survived. That was a wake up call to me that I needed to stay on the right path. After this initial conversion, I had many spiritual experiences that allowed me to gain a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It didn't take much... a minor change here, and a tweek of the lifestyle there, and my faith and testimony started to grow. Other changes followed. As I started to focus on my spirituality more, changes followed which changed my life for the better. When I was 18 I decided that serving a full time mission was what I wanted to do. In spite of opposition from my Dad as well as my siblings, I put in my papers and was called to serve in South Korea. I left just a couple weeks after I turned 19. I had been in Korea for less than 2 months when my real trials started. My older sister, who was also my best friend was struck by a car and killed while riding her bike. I was in Korea. I was alone. It took me a few months to get out of the ensuing depression, but when I finally did, it was like a light switch turned on. My testimony of the Atonement, especially the resurrection was fortified and I have never been back to the dark place that I was in.

How I live my faith

I am just a normal guy with normal problems. As I mentioned above, I am a dentist. I go to work on weekdays to earn money for my family. Weeknights I come home, play with the kids, and watch TV with my wife after the kids are in bed. Weekends are family time with the possibility of watching a college football game on TV if I can find the time. Sundays I go to church. I am a Sunday school teacher for 14-year-olds. I don't drink. I don't smoke. I don't do drugs. I don't swear. I strive to be totally honest in all of my dealings with those I interact with. I do my very best to keep the commandments that My savior has given to me. Not because I am a prude or think I am better than anyone. I am not. I do this because I love my savior and want to show Him that love through my actions.