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Hi I'm Alan Crandall

I'm an ordinary guy; I come from a long line of ordinary people, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I consider myself to be an ordinary (kind of boring) guy who has been fortunate enough to do some very interesting things. I grew up in California; I developed an interest in aviation at an early age and wanted to be a pilot as far back as I can remember. I went to college on an Air Force ROTC scholarship, graduating with an engineering degree, and while pilot training didn't work out for me I did become a back-seater or WSO in the RF-4c and flew that aircraft (typically at 500 feet agl and 500 mph) for eight years through out Europe, being stationed in England and Germany. After 11 years in the Air Force, I went back to school and earned an MBA. I worked 11 years in the High Tech industry. Currently, I am an IT project management consultant, working primarily with the federal government. I've been married for 33 years now, we have three sons, two of whom are married and two beautiful grand-daughters with a third on the way. I love all wheeled things; bicycles, motorcycles, cars, airplanes (nearly all of them have wheels :) I have two vintage bicycles, a Cannondale touring bike and a 1988 Waterford Schwinn Paramount. I ride a 2003 Ducati Monster and drive a 2007 Honda S2000. I wish I had a Pitts Special biplane! As much as I enjoy my wheels, my greatest joy and treasure is my family. Playing, dancing, singing, or jumping with my granddaughters are my very favorite things to do.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a fifth generation Mormon. All my ancestors crossed the plains to Utah, some crossed the ocean from England and Denmark after converting in the 1840's and 1850's. I suppose some would say, "Well, that's why you're Mormon", or "You didn't really have a choice". I struggled with this as a teen -- why should I be born into the "one true church" when there are 4 or 5 billion people on earth and thousands of religions? I've since come to believe that perhaps the Lord, in his mercy, recognized that I, who am reserved, independent-minded and skeptical by nature, would never have given the Gospel a fair chance if introduced to it later in life. At any rate, I feel remarkably fortunate to be born in this great nation, into a solid middle-class family, and into the Gospel of Jesus Christ; I hit the jack-pot on the day I was born. (maybe that's why I've never even won a door prize since; I used up my full allotment of luck on day-1 :) So why am I a Mormon? It comes down to three things. First, it makes sense fundamentally; if there is a God, and if He loves us, then the "Plan of Salvation" as we Mormons call it, is the only religious philosophy that really makes sense to me. Second, there is strong historical and physical evidence supporting the truthfulness of the Gospel. No, it can't be proven on the basis of physical evidence. For one thing, that would violate one of the core tenets of the Plan of Salvation, that we are here on Earth to develop faith. Third, I have received numerous undeniable spiritual experiences that testify to the truthfulness of the Gospel. (this is not to say that I have no questions, some concepts I accept because I have a strong conviction of the whole). Having grown up in the church, I can't say "this is how it changed my life", but I can say "this is how it blessed my life". I have a wonderful family, I have peace of mind in the face of trials, and I have a sense of direction that has guided me spiritually and temporally through life.

How I live my faith

I've had the opportunity and blessing to serve family, church and community in several ways. I especially enjoy teach and working with young people. My wife and I team-taught 14 and 15 year-olds in Sunday School for almost three years recently, here in Keller, Texas; covering the Old-Testament, the New-Testament and the Book of Mormon. I have also served in the Boy Scout organization -- nearly all Mormon congregations sponsor scout troops, and in many other callings in the church. It can be difficult to balance family, church, community service and work responsibilities. One thing that I have done, which can help is to combine activities when possible. For example, when I was going to graduate business school full-time and working part-time, and with three sons ages 9 to 14, I served as a Varsity Scout Coach, combining family (my 14 year-old son was one of the scouts), church and community service opportunities. When I think of the accomplishments that have brought me the most fulfillment, whether at work, at church, in the community or in my own family, they have been those where I helped someone else to grow and progress. I have so many opportunities for this kind of service in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.