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Hi I'm Alan

I've lived in Washington, Arizona, Utah, Belgium, Illinois, Arkansas, Oregon and Missouri. And I'm a believing Mormon.

About Me

I'm married with four grown children and six grandchildren. We don't live in the same area as any of our children, so the times we are together are precious. We love to stay in touch with our kids and grandkids by phone and webcam. I have spent my career in retailing, buying merchandise for retail chains. I have now moved to the sales side - selling products to retail chains. I enjoy working with people and getting to know new people. I enjoy the outdoors, especially walking on the beach.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a 4th, 5th or 6th generation Mormon, depending on which grandparent's line you choose. I grew up in a religious home. My parents taught me from the Bible and the Book of Mormon from a young age. We went to church every Sunday. I could see that living their religion made them happy. I went to junior high and high school in Phoenix, Arizona during the late 60's and early 70's, a time of social unrest in the United States due to the war in Vietnam. Drugs were prevelant and many people gave up on organized religion. I, on the other hand, found that my belief in God sustained me during those years. I served a mission for two years in Belgium and The Netherlands where I had the opportunity to discuss religion with many people. Very few of them converted to my religion, but my faith and conviction in Mormonism grew as I shared my beliefs and studied the gospel of Jesus Christ in both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Through the whisperings of the Spirit, I know that God lives, that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the World and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ - that it is the only "true and living church upon the face of the whole earth" (Doctrine & Covenants 1:30). I believe that the true gospel of Jesus Christ was lost from the earth through apostacy and had to be brought back (restored) to the earth for us to have the complete gospel and the priesthood authority to administer the ordinances of the gospel. I believe that this restoration occured in the 1800's through the prophet Joseph Smith and that we have a living prophet on the earth today. The restored gospel of Jesus Christ teaches me to have faith in Christ, repent of my sins, be baptized, and to keep the commandments of Jesus Christ throughout my life. I know that by doing this, I will have joy in this life and will return to live with Jesus and Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

In the Mormon church, there are no paid ministers. This means that everyone has an opportunity to serve their fellow members. I have participated in many ways - leading teen-age boys as a scoutmaster, counting the donations on Sunday, keeping track of membership records, teaching Sunday School classes, speaking during our Sunday worship service, blessing and passing the sacrament bread and water, arranging for others to speak, presiding over a congregation as a lay bishop. One of my favorite "callings" is as a home teacher. Most of the active adult men and teen-age boys are assigned to visit a few families in the congregation each month to share a gospel message and to let them know that someone cares about them. (Women are also assigned a few women to visit monthly). I love this passage from the Book of Mormon about fellowshipping new members of the church: "After they had been received unto baptism, and were wrought upon and cleansed by the power of the Holy Ghost, they were numbered among the people of the church of Christ; and their names were taken, that they might be remembered and nourished by the good word of God, to keep them in the right way, to keep them continually watchful unto prayer, relying alone upon the merits of Christ, who was the author and the finisher of their faith. And the church did meet together oft, to fast and to pray, ad to speak one with another concerning the welfare of their souls" (Moroni 6:4-5). I enjoy meeting with other members of the church to discuss the gospel and share our experience of living the gospel.