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Hi I'm Alan

I love friends, I love to exercise, I love Wing Chun, I love the gospel and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a missionary serving in the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania mission. I love to hang out with my friends and have a good wholesome time. I have acquired a greater interest in exercising recently and have also had a great love for Wing Chun Kung Fu. I love to learn new things and I try being the best I can be. The thing I am most grateful for is the gospel in my life and the things Jesus Christ has done, and still continues to do for me.

Why I am a Mormon

Whether it be family, school, the workplace or in any other situation, I have been privileged to receive blessings by the hand of the Lord Jesus Christ as I have strived to follow His commandments. I am a Mormon because (1) it is true, but also (2) that is the source of all of the many blessings I have received. I am a witness of Jesus Christ and of the promises He has made, for I have been the recipient of those promises and can testify that they are true. He has blessed me in my family, he has helped me in school, he has brought me success in the workplace and has led me and guided me throughout my life. No one on this earth can take my testimony from me.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ has been the biggest blessing in my life. It has made me who I am today. It has helped me see things the way they really are. I have done much asking, much seeking, and much knocking and I continue to do so and without fail I have received inspiration from heaven. I am just an ordinary man, yet I possess one special gift: I have a certain knowledge of the truth of this Gospel. It is true! Jesus is the Christ. He it was who appeared with His Father to the boy Joseph Smith in the spring of 1820 to usher in the dispensation of the fulness of times as prophecied so very long ago. Joseph Smith did in reality translate another witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ: The Book of Mormon. The Book is true! The Keys of the Priesthood are once again on the earth and they are all held today by our beloved prophet, president Thomas S. Monson. I testify that the work in which we are engaged in is true, and Jesus Christ Himself invites us all to be apart of it.

How I live my faith

The greatest thing about the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that it is something you live day by day. It shows you the best way to live whether you are out and about, in the workplace, church or at home. The model I live my life is very simple: Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End. In all reality I have the thought: What would Jesus do? That is how I live my faith. I currently hold no callings in the church because I am a missionary for our Lord. Because I live my life this way I have been the happiest that I could have ever been!

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Alan
The same who said, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit" (John 15:16). Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Alan
For me the better question would be "why would you not believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?" Do we not read that God is the same yesterday, today and forever? Why would He suddenly stop calling ordained servants to guide and help bless our lives as He has in the past? "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7). Is God changeable? I think not! Throughout all of the holy scriptures you see God use prophets to help keep His children in the path that leads to eternal life. What changed? Why change? Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Alan
Well we teach what the Savior taught about baptism. He said, "Now this is the commandment: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be baptized in my name, that ye may be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me at the last day" (3 Nephi 27:20). Also he instructed His Apostles - those whom he entrusted the Priesthood Authority - to, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (Matt 28:19). Now that we know it is commanded of us to be baptized, the next question is: why? Well, simply put is that "no unclean thing can enter into [God's] kingdom; therefore nothing entereth into his rest save it be those who have washed their garments in [Christ's] blood, because of their faith, and the repentance of all their sins, and their faithfulness unto the end" (3 Nephi 27:19). God dwells in perfection and sin is a major obstacle that prevents us from returning back to our Heavenly Father. Baptism is a wonderful ordinance that allows us to receive a remission of our sins so that we may be found spotless before Him at the last day if we continue to stay faithful and continue repenting all of the days of our life. We must keep in mind however that baptism is unto repentance; to those who are capable of commiting sin. Little children need no baptism because they pure and whole before the Lord. Baptism is for those who are accountable. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Alan
Many ancient-american prophets wrote God's dealings with them and their people long ago. What you read about in their record is stated in their own words as such: "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins" (2 Nephi 25:26). The reason this wonderful record was brought forth unto us is to show to the whole world that Jesus Christ restored the fullness of His gospel back to the earth. We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost. (See Moroni 10:3–5.) Those who gain this divine witness from the Holy Spirit will also come to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is his revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the second coming of the Messiah. Show more Show less