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Hi I'm Alan

I grew up in Georgia in a family of 15 children. I now live in Arizona with my wife of 26 years and we have 7 children.

About Me

I was raised by loving parents who had 15 children, of which I was number 9. I have 7 brothers and 7 sisters. After graduating high school, I went to Georgia Southwestern College on a trumpet scholarship and played in marching, concert & jazz bands. I postponed my 2nd year of college to serve a 2 year voluntary mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. That turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. I still play the trumpet, but mostly for fun. I have since returned to college and earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Southern Utah University, and a Master's Degree from Northern Arizona University in Human Relations and Counseling. I have been happily married for over 26 years and we have 7 wonderful children, 4 sons and 3 daughters. Our 4 oldest children each served voluntary missions for our church. Our son, Ethan, is currently serving in the Leeds England Mission. I love being a husband and father. My greatest joys in life have been from experiences with my family. Music has been a big part of our home. Our children love to sing around the house and play musical instruments. Music helps bring joy and happiness into a home. Two of our children are now married and we have a beautiful granddaughter. For the past 19 years I have been a religious educator of youth and young adults for Seminaries and Institutes of Religion.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although I was raised in the church, it wasn't until I was away at college that I truly came to know for myself the truthfulness of the gospel. It was then that I read The Book of Mormon for the first time really wanting to know if it was true or not. In The Book of Mormon, there is a promise in the back of the book given to all who read it. It says - "When ye shall read these things... and ponder it in your hearts. Ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things" (Moroni 10:3-5). This is why I am an active member of the church today. I took Moroni's challenge and put it to the test and God answered my prayers by the power of the Holy Ghost. Now I know for myself, independent of any other person, that The Book of Mormon is true. It is another testament of Jesus Christ. I have since read the Bible & the Book of Mormon many times and know them both to be the word of God. I also know that we have a living prophet and living apostles on the earth today to continue to give us the word of the Lord and to prepare us for His Second Coming. As long as I have chosen to follow the Lord and His commandments, I have been blessed throughout my life. Like the Lord said in Deuteronomy 5:29 - "Keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever." This to me is the key to success in life.

How I live my faith

Since my conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ, I have tried to live my life in harmony with Him and His teachings. I have given many hours of voluntary service in the church, including years of service as a bishop, bishop's Counselor, branch president, teacher of youth and adults, high councilman, full-time missionary, young men's president, home teacher, and more. I am currently a religious educator for the church. Everything in my life is centered around the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love Him and am grateful for his tender mercies throughout my life. Our 3 oldest sons Jacob, Ammon, & Ethan each earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank possible for a young man in Boy Scouts of America. My wife and I are so proud of our children. Our son Ammon married Holly Noble July 11, 2014 in the Mesa, Arizona Temple. Our daughter Devyn married Hyrum Layton June 12, 2015 in the Gilbert, Arizona Temple and they are the proud parents of our only grand baby, Harper. We look forward to many future blessings that we know will come as we strive to faithfully keep the commandments of God.