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Hi I'm Allan

I love playing sports, doing anything musical, and being in the outdoors. I love New England. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an eagle scout, a soccer and basketball player, a cross country runner, and so much more. I play the guitar, the tenor saxaphone, i try to play piano, and i love to sing, whether in choir or just with my ipod. I absolutely love music, and I am quite obsessive about it to a point. I have worked at a scout camp in idaho for 5 straight summers, and its possibly the most fun i get to have every year (even if i am running away from a moose). When i was two years old, it was discovered that i had a tumor in my left eye that needed to be surgically removed. Since then, ive lived with a glass eye and been able to do pretty much the same things as everyone else, including playing sports (obviously), and driving. It makes for interesting dinner conversations though. I am a fan of laughter. Laughter is one of the many gifts God gives us to help us make it through each day. I am a firm believer that if you can't laugh at yourself, you're too uptight. This is a lesson i learned after being teased through a lot of elementary and middle school about having one eye. I had the opportunity to serve a mission for the Lord Jesus Christ in the New England states of Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire, and i loved every minute of it (basically).

Why I am a Mormon

I feel very fortunate to have been born into a home with two loving parents that are LDS. My faith has been a great support for me as i go throughout life. The mere fact that i am living today is an amazing blessing. The Moran Eye Center in Salt Lake City, where i had the surgery to remove my eye, was founded a mere two years before i needed surgery. If i had been born earlier with this same form of cancer, the techniques that were used in the surgery might not have been discovered and chances are that I would live a totally different life from now. But having a fake eye hasn't stopped me from doing any of the things i want to. To me, this is a testimony that God has a plan for every one of us, and we are put where we were for a reason. I am also a Mormon because I have prayed and asked God if He is there and if He really loves us, and I feel that He has answered me every time I've truly sought for an answer. I have also read - and have come to love - the Book of Mormon. I have compared it side by side with the Bible, and I would advise any true Christian to do the same. The Book of Mormon has brought me more to a knowlege of Jesus Christ than any other book or person or experience that I have. It has taught me of His divinty as our Redeemer, and it amazes me a little more each time I read it.

How I live my faith

I grew up in the church - I went to church every sunday, I went to youth activities almost every week from when I was twelve until I was 19. For me, being a member of the church has defined almost everything I do, whether it be not going to concerts on a sunday, or choosing friends that will help me live my faith, or even making music that reflects on my relationship with God. Also, the church has no official political stances, but I try to make sure my political views coniside with my religious views. As I mentioned, I was blessed to serve in the New Hampshire Manchester Mission. It is the greatest thing I have ever done and brought me more joy and happiness than anything I can even imagine. I grew to love so many people, especially as I saw them struggle and desire to change, and was able to help them to make those changes and draw closer to Jesus Christ. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior. Before my mission, I don't know if I could honestly say that. But as a missionary, I was forced to "put my money where my mouth was", so to speak, and see if I really had enough faith to do what He asked. And I found out, more often than not, that if I was able to work and do the little things He asked, He would do the rest, and greater miracles than I could imagine would happen. I know that this is the true church of Jesus Christ on the earth today, and that we are led by a living prophet. As such, I also know that Joseph Smith was the Lord's prophet who restored His church.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Allan
A testimony in the church is basically the same as a testimony in a courtroom: It's what you know, and how you came to know it. As members of the church, we sometimes recieve confirmation through the power of the Holy Ghost that what we believe is true. For example, a member of the church may believe that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and then through reading it and praying about it, they can recieve a confirmation, an undeniable feeling of knowing that it is true. This then becomes part of their testimony. So a testimony comes through two parts: having a hope or a belief in something, and then taking action to test if it is true or not. Through the power of the Holy Ghost, you can recieve these kinds of answers for yourself, as i have done. Show more Show less