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Hi I'm Allen

I've lived all over the world. I build lasers. I'm a husband. I'm a father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My father spent his career in the Army so I grew up all over the world. I was a toddler in Japan, spent my childhood in Hawaii, went through junior high school in Germany, and graduated high school in Washington DC. I loved every place we lived. A large part of my heart will always be Polynesian. How we loved to be able to tour Europe at our leisure; soaking up the culture and rich history for three years. I really enjoy history and the DC area is close to a lot of significant US history sites. I also served an LDS mission in Taiwan. So, I've experienced a lot of cultures and picked up a few languages along the way. I have found that there are wonderful, generous, friendly people in every country, culture, and race. I love to explore the differences and the similarities. I'm a big sports fan and have played organized football, baseball, basketball, volleyball, and softball. I've run a marathon and a few triathlons. These days, with work, Church, and a family I'm just trying to keep in some semblance of physical shape. My biggest sports thrill now is watching my boys play ball or my daughter dance. By profession I'm an engineer; specifically a laser engineer. I've built laser systems for telecommunications, astronomy, wind sensing, bio-agent sensing, and a few other applications. I never get over that thrill of "creating light". I'm still fascinated by the information that can be carried and gleaned from light.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In fact, I'm a 5th generation member of the Church; most of my ancestors having been "Mormon Pioneers". I honor their courage and dedication. However, like everyone else, I have been challenged and put to the test and have had times when I've had to examine what I believe and why I believe it. I have been teased, ostracized, and physically threatened just because I'm a Mormon. It would have been really easy to fall in with everyone else and do what they did and not stood out as a target. The problem was that I knew that the Mormon Church is the restored Church of Jesus Christ. And, like Joseph Smith, I knew it and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it. I first read the Book of Mormon cover to cover when I was 14 years old. The Holy Spirit bore witness to me in powerful ways that that book is the word of God. How could it not be? It speaks of nothing but the divinity of Christ; that only through Him can repentence and salvation be had; that He is the Son of God, the Creator, the Redeemer, our Advocate with the Father. It is written that, "by their fruits ye shall know them". Come and sample the "fruit" of the Book of Mormon. It is of God, as is the Church that brought it forth. I have had many experiences since that validate my faith. I know that Joseph Smith was called as a Prophet of God to restore the Church of Jesus Christ. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, as is the Bible. I know that we are all the children of a loving Heavenly Father - all of us are brothers and sisters. I know that the there is a Prophet on the Earth today that is guided and directed by the Savior. I know that I can be guided personally by the Holy Spirit on behalf of myself and my family. I'm a Mormon because it's the best way to be happy; both in this life and in the life to come.

How I live my faith

The first place that I try my best to live my Faith is in the home. I believe that being a disciple of Jesus Christ begins there. In my parents home my Mother and Father were equals. They had different roles to play but one was not more important than the other. This is one of the teachings of the Church regarding the family. My parents always treated each other with love and respect. I try to do the same. Though we have disagreements, my wife and I have the same goals for our family and we value each other's opinion. Likewise, with my children I try to be a great Dad. I want to spend time with them, both all together and individually. I don't always do that as much as I should, but it continues to be the goal. We make sure that we all go to Church each week. We also have a family night once a week where we can talk about the Gospel or just do some fun activity. I hope my kids feel that they can come to me with any problem. I try to be the kind of Dad that Christ would want me to be. I'm not always successful, but I keep trying. I have worked a lot with the youth of the Church. I try to be a good example for them and to let them know that I really care about them. It's important to help them understand that they are sons and daughters of God. If they can understand how much He loves them and that He knows them each individually, then they can have a healthy respect for themselves and avoid poor choices that will lead them to sorrow. I want them to gain a testimony of their Savior so that He can guide their lives. I strive to be a good friend and neighbor to anyone I may encounter, especially in my neighborhood or at work. I try to conduct my life as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Though I could to better I want to help people, even if it's just a kind word or a short chat to see how they're doing or shoveling the snow of my neighbor's sidewalk after I'm through with mine. We're all brothers and sisters. We should be there for each other.