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Hi I'm Al

I'm an avid college football fan, have 19 grandchildren and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently retired as a controls manager at a major oil company. My career gave me the opportunity to travel to a number of foreign countries and meet fantastic people of various cultures. I enjoy sports, and college football in particular. I like to keep track of the key Saturday games during the fall. I like to focus on family and keep up with my 5 children and how their lives are progressing. My wife and I enjoy our time together and doting on our 19 grandchildren as time allows. Involvement in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints brings joy and a feeling of contribution.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a home where religion was important. My parents were both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, although my dad had decided to join the Church several years after they married. As I neared the age of missionary work I came to the conclusion that I wasn't sure I could serve. I decided to find out for myself whether the Church was true and if I could testify to others of my beliefs. I read the Book of Mormon and prayed to the Lord to find out if this book is indeed a second witness of Jesus Christ. The holy spirit bore witness to me of its truth and since that time I have been anxious to come unto Christ and follow His example. I have learned that as I focus on things that matter (faith, compassion for others, love of family) I am happier than when I don't. Striving to be Christ-like brings me peace and joy.

How I live my faith

Having served as a missionary for two years for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints developed a pattern that I have followed since that time. It taught me that as I strive to help others my own life seems to be easier. I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with young men in the Boy Scouts of America and have seen how this helps them become productive adults. I currently have the opportunity to teach Sunday School in our congregation. I have found that discussing the teachings of Christ each week help me be a better person. I recently enjoyed assisting my wife who was in charge of a project to gather food donations that go to underprivileged children who often go hungry during school holiday periods. It was a heartwarming experience to see 300 women gather with donated items and assemble "backpacks" for over 400 children. Being with and strengthening family and reaching out to the distressed around us is the best way to keep me grounded and appreciate things that matter most.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

I have always loved reading the Bible. In particular the four gospels in which we can read about Jesus Christ and his teachings. He showed his love for people, reaching out to them in His message and healings. I can better come unto Christ by reading his own words and those who testify of Him. Show more Show less