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Hi I'm Allen.

I was raised in rural eastern Oregon, and I raise and care for honeybees. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband, father, and grandfather. I play hide and seek with my grandkids; right now there are 13 of them. I have been keeping honeybees fulltime for over 40 years. Our family business has about 5000 colonies (active beehives). We provide bees for farmers in the spring for pollination, delivering them to orchards, etc., during the night. Later in the season we collect, extract and bottle honey. I like to ride motorcycles and I am learning about gardening.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS (Mormon) Church as a youth, and while I have always believed in it, I stopped participating and married outside of our faith. That marriage ended, and I felt a strong desire to go to church, but it was intimidating for me to walk through those doors alone. A church member who was assigned to visit with me sent me an invitation to attend and provided emotional support and encouragement. When I walked into the building I felt like I had come home, and found several people with whom I was already acquainted, including our mechanic and some other beekeepers. I felt like it was where I belonged. When I moved to another state I was able to attend alone because I knew it was where I needed to be. You know when you are doing right; you feel it. I have had too many spiritual moments to deny the presence and guidance of my Heavenly Father. No other faith or creed has offered so much or made as much sense for my life.

How I live my faith

I am supporting my stepson's efforts in serving a two-year mission for the church in another state at this time. I am blessed by serving in the church. I am assigned to see that our building gets cleaned and cared for properly, along with volunteers from our ward congregation. This helps me get to know the other members better. There are some families that I visit regularly, and this helps me to get to know them and to understand their needs.