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Hi I'm Allen

I like the outdoors, reading, and spending time with my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southeast Texas as the eighth of nine children. I attended college in Texas and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. I later studied at the University of Utah and received a degree in bioengineering. I served a mission in Mexico and have a love for the Mexican people. My wife and I have 4 children. We enjoy outdoor activities and spend our free time hiking, camping, or other similar activities. I have been involved with the Boy Scout organization for many years and enjoy helping young men to grow and develop. I enjoy running and staying physically active.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon all of my life. My parents were always a good example and taught me the principals and doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As I grew up I felt the need to find out for myself if what I had been taught was the truth. I have read the scriptures, asked my Father in Heaven for guidance, and know the truth of the gospel through the power of the Holy Ghost. The organization of the church has been a blessing in my life as I have tried to teach my children the gospel and help them to know for themselves what is true. It has provided my family many opportunities to learn and be strengthened by interaction with others with similar values. It has provided me and my family opportunities to serve others in the way that Christ would want us to. Early morning seminary has helped my children get a good start to each school day as they head off to high school and the challenges that this brings. The blessing of being married in the temple to my sweetheart provides the hope and promise that we can be together for eternity as a family. I cannot imagine trying to live my life and raise my children in the world today without the help of the organization of the church and, more importantly, the stabilizing influence of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to emulate the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. I hope that this manifests in the way that I treat all other people that I meet, for we are all children of our Heavenly Father. I volunteer some of my time in helping the youth of the church develop the qualities and skills that they will need to be successful in this life. Boy Scouts of America has been the recipient of most of this service. I have accompanied several groups of boys to the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico as part of this effort. It has been a rich and rewarding experience. I spend some of my time helping other families within my local congregation. I visit and checkup on 4-5 families each month to strengthen their understanding of the gospel and look for opportunities to help them with whatever challenges they might be facing. I teach a Sunday school class once per month at the federal correctional facility in Fort Worth. This has been a wonderful experience as I have been able to meet and teach others who have struggled and are trying to rebuild their lives. Most importantly I try to be involved in the lives of my wife and children to build the family strength and unity that we need to succeed in the world we live in today.