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Hi I'm Allen

I grew up in Texas and hold a doctorate in Chemistry. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a ranch near a small town in Texas and left home to pursue a degree in chemistry. After getting my doctorate, I joined the pharmaceutical industry. My wife and I have four children that keep us busy with school, cultural activities and sports. I get a lot of joy out of spending time with my children and how they are they learning important values from the Gospel of Jesus Christ that will help them live a happy and fulfilling life. As a professional scientist, I see the hand of God in all his creations and marvel at the complexity of his works. Science to me is a way that we can discover the tools and approaches that the Lord uses to bring about this works. When not working and spending time with family, I enjoy traveling, working out, and doing things around my home such as home improvement projects and gardening.

Why I am a Mormon

My future wife and I joined the Church after graduating from high school. While being raised in Christian homes, neither of us had strong ties with any regular denomination and did not attend church very often. I had a terrible car accident in my teen years that set me on the course in life of questioning what, if anything, I should believe. I picked up a book from the local library called "Religions of America" and read about the beliefs of each major Christian sect. I found myself struck by the beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but initially felt that there could be no additional scripture other than the Bible. A few years later, as my fiance and I contemplated marriage and our future life together, we began visiting various churches and occasionally I also met pastors/ministers for lunch or in their office to explore different aspects of Christian belief. After visiting many churches, I still felt something was missing, so I went back and re-read "Religions of America". I felt I should call up the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and learn more. So I did. My fiance and I joined the Church a few months later. The Church has changed my life in many positive ways. It has provided a foundation for our family life and has allowed me to learn and grow closer to the Lord. I really enjoy the service opportunities provided in the Church, the experiences I've had in these roles, and the lasting friendships I've made through the Church. Wherever we have lived, the Church has been "instant family" to us and have helped our family through some difficult times. For these acts of service and support, I will forever be grateful to the members of the Church. I continue to follow His gospel because it provides peace in my life and helps me follow the Lord's plan in my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith first by trying to be a better person by consistent prayer and scripture study. This allows me to develop a strong personal relationship with my Savior. I have had some amazing opportunities to serve in the Church that have really impacted my life in positive ways. I served in clerk roles for nine years, taking care of the finance and membership records of my congregation. I served in roles working with young men for seven years and had a chance to work with our boy scout program and go on high adventure with the youth. We did spelunking, mountain hiking and long-distance canoeing in three different years. I love the outdoors, so I found all of the experiences to be really fun and they also allowed me to learn things and make lifetime friendships with the young men and other leaders. I also had the opportunity to train other youth leaders how they can effectively lead programs that help the youth have fun, wholesome experiences that increase their faith in Jesus Christ. I have made lasting friendships in my Priesthood quorums and assignments that I have had over the years. The lay clergy program of the Church allows everyday people like myself to get involved and serve in various roles...I would have never had these opportunities without the Church program. My wife and I also had the chance to organize a few parties and gatherings for our congregation one year - it was a blast to put these together and we had a lot of fun working with each other. I am very active in my community in cancer research fundraising and trying to raise funds to find a cure to some aspects of this horrible, wide-reaching disease.