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Hi I'm Alan

I'm a dad, a doctor, and a wanna be farmer/gardner. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a guy that loves to work and get things done. I love to work in the garden and raise chickens, turkeys and bees. In my spare time I'm a family physician but mostly I'm a geriatrician as I practice in the nation's oldest per capita state in the state's oldest per capita county in the county's oldest per capita town. I love it. I feel like I get to meet living history every day. I love my family. In fact I love the idea of family. I'm married to an amazing woman who works with me as a nurse practitioner in the same clinic. We've got three grown kids.

Why I am a Mormon

Why wouldn't I be? Everything I value has come to me as a result of my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I've come to understand, to know and to feel a relationship with God as the Father of my spirit and as the ultimate source of love, intelligence and power in the universe. I've come to understand Christ's role in my life as the creator of the universe, the savior of mankind, indeed of the planet, and the literal head of the Church. I've experienced the influence of the Holy Ghost in ways that are impossible to articulate. Aside from a knowledge of spiritual realities that I've come to know with more certainty than any medical advice I dispense daily, I have enjoyed the fruits of membership in a church that values family, the earth, relationships, personal responsibility, education, and peace. I can't imagine trying to raise children without the support of a faith community that teaches personal responsibility for things practical as well as things spiritual. Because the church doesn't outsource the responsibilities for ministering within the congregation to a paid clergy, each person benefits from the efforts of many within the congregation and in turn grows in capacity by tending to the needs of our fellow Church members. For me, the Church is helping me grow in my capacity to love God and love my neighbor.

How I live my faith

I love the fact that the practice of my faith is both very private and fosters a very personal relationship with God but at the same time also allows me the opportunity to practice the application of spiritual truths with a group of believers. For many years I have been able to work with youth in the church -- mostly young men. I've been a scoutmaster for several years and have worked with youth in many settings. Currently, I have the opportunity to visit several different congregations in the area and meet with and train other leaders in these congregations. I also get to visit in the homes of some of my neighbors and learn from them and share what I know of God and how He is involved in our lives. Some of my richest experiences in living my faith come in quiet moments while reading the scriptures or in moments of prayer or meditation. Reading scriptures together as a couple and family adds another dimension to living our faith together.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Alan
There is certainly scriptural precedent from both the old and new testament for the payment of tithing. This is one of those things that can seem completely counter intuitive. How can we be the richer from the giving of our income? I can't easily explain it but it is real. And, I don't mean "rich" in strictly monetary terms. yet, I have no doubt about the return on investment in my life. I have also had occasion to sit and counsel members of the church who have been in terrible financial situations. In every instance where faith is exercised (and it takes real faith) and tithing has been made a priority the hand of God has been clearly felt and seen in helping these people out of their troubles. In every instance when people have felt they could "go it alone" without including God in their finances they have persisted in their struggles. What a great blessing -- and so simple to access. Show more Show less