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Hi I'm Alan

I'm a fourth generation electrician. I'm a student doctor. I'm a husband and father of two. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah as an electrician. I served a LDS mission to Poland for two years. I graduated from BYU with a degree in biochemistry. While there I met my lively wife. We've been married for 6 years now and have two kids. Our journey has led us to medical school where I am preparing for an internal medicine residency. My wife teaches English at the local community college, raises the kids, and runs marathons. When I'm not helping my wife, I grill. North Carolina has made me love bbq and cook-outs. I also like to bike quite a bit to counteract all the good bbq. And when I really have extra time, I play the bagpipes and classical flute.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into the Mormon faith and was taught basic Gospel principles by my parents, I was left somewhat to my own devices with regards to church attendance and own personal commitments to God. As I result I feel that my parents example was important, but my own conversion required work on my part. When I was 12 I noticed that a copy of the Book of Mormon was lying on my nightstand and I picked it up spontaneously to read. I was so excited by the spiritual emotions that I felt reading the text that I had a hard time putting it down. This scene repeatedly itself several times. I prayed to know that this was a good thing and felt reaffirmed by the same feelings. I now know that to be the Holy Ghost testifying of truth of Jesus Christ and I have felt that many times since in reading the Bible, Book of Mormon, and in hearing the words of the modern day prophets. Through those experiences I have come to know that my Heavenly Father is watching out for me as I've prayed for help in troubling times, that I have been protected by His hand through physical danger, and that I have again received confirmation that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His church restored to the Earth.

How I live my faith

As a member of the Mormon community I am also a member of my local community. I serve as the scout committee chair for 50 boys in three cities as part of the Boy Scouts of America. Not all of these boys are affiliated with the Mormon Church. We work to give the boys a positive learning environment where we teach them their civic duties and responsibilities in contributing to the community. We participate in multiple projects yearly to improve local parks, trails, and schools. Additionally, I make monthly visits to the families to check on their spiritual well being and provide service.