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Hi I'm Allan Butler

I grew up in eastern Washington. I became a Mormon at age 18. I was amazed to learn about the living prophet and apostles.

About Me

I am a husband, father of 5, and step-father of 5 - ages 29 to 16. Life can get pretty crazy and noisy, but I love my family. I enjoy watching the children learn and grow - and love to hear about their adventures! I was baptized shortly after high school graduation, and less than two years later I was eagerly serving as a missionary in the Rome, Italy Mission. After my mission I completed my Mechanical Engineering degree, and, later, finished a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering. I served for nine years as an officer in the US Air Force helping to eliminate hazardous materials in the production and maintenance of Air Force weapon systems. As a licensed Manufacturing Engineer I help people resolve technical problems and save money. Over the past 25 years I have helped many companies and government organizations across the U.S. My wife and I live in the Pacific Northwest and enjoy the fresh air, mountain vistas, and unique Puget Sound environment.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up on am Indian Reservation where I lived among the Native Americans. Being somewhat familiar with their traditions and legends, I was very intrigued when I learned that the Book of Mormon is a religious history written by the ancestors of the current Native Americans. After reading only two pages of the Book of Mormon, I knew it was true because it is in complete harmony with the ancient teachings and legends that I had learned as a child among the Native Americans. I have since prayed to Heavenly Father and He has confirmed to me many times that the Book of Mormon is true! As the missionaries taught me, I felt the Holy Ghost testifying to me that what they teach is true. I was especially touched by the explanation of the Plan of Salvation and how everyone ever born will have the opportunity to be taught about and receive Christ into their lives - even if it is after this mortal life. The love and mercy of God is amazing! Through the years I have been a first hand witness of countless miracles performed by the Lord as well as miracles performed by the Lord's priesthood holders. My testimony continues to grow. This is the work of the Lord and He is preparing the people of the world for His second coming. I enjoy helping the Lord, in my small way, to bring His Kingdom to the Earth. It gives me great hope for the future when the present can seem pretty bleak.

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I have grown in ways I did not considered possible before joining the church. My service in the church has helped me significantly in my career. For example - as a young adult I was very shy and had difficulty talking to people and virtually fainted at the idea of public speaking. Through opportunities at church to talk and teach in small groups, I am now able to speak to crowds of hundreds and approach strangers without much difficulty. This has helped me in my career by giving me the courage and skills to give technical presentations at conferences and to the Board of Directors at my work. I have enjoyed service as a Boy Scout Leader, as a Sunday School Teacher, Elders Quorum Leader, Ward Mission Leader, and now as a High Priest Group Leader. The amazing opportunities to learn leadership skills in a loving atmosphere prepares me for leadership in my career. Although my church service has greatly helped advance my career, it has by far more importantly shone me how the Lord supports his children. He gives them the strength and inspiration to perform the work He has asked them to perform - even if they have never done it before and do not feel capable. The Lord honors those that honor Him.