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Hi I'm Alan

I was born in California into a 1st Baptist family, not very devout. I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

I was born and for the most part raised in southern California. Basically my family was less active First Baptists. My grandfather would take me to church with him. He would always give me something that was a multiple of 10 to put in the contribution dish, like a dime. It turns out that when I was a baby my parents took the LDS missionary lessons, my mom wanted to join the church then but my dad said no. He had come from a family that had hard financial times so he was kind of tight on money, so I imagine the tithing lesson was hard for him. Later my parents divorced, mom remarried to a jack-Mormon. We had the missionary lessons. I felt the truth as soon as I heard it. My mom, sister, and I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have a strong understanding of the gospel of Christ, and a great love for him as my personal Savior. I served as a missionary in the Delaware-Maryland Mission. Graduated from El Camino college and then from Brigham Young University with a degree in Computer Science. I have worked in system software development for most of my career, process improvement, monitoring metrics, and more.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of this church because I have come to learn that the doctrines taught about Jesus Christ our Savior and Redeemer are true, and that this church is led by inspired leaders who help us all to be better people, better citizens, and encourage us to not only love God with all our heart, might, mind, and strength but to also love our neighbors as ourselves. I have read the Bible many times and found that there were verses that seemed to contradict basic principles in other churches that I had investigated. Oh, I know that people in other churches do much good and I know they are blessed for it, but this is the only church were I find no conflicts with the Bible.

How I live my faith

Besides attending church most Sundays, I am the secretary to the men's High Priest group (this is typically men over 50 who have held some position that required them to be given the priesthood office of High Priest in the past) in the Ward that I attend. Also I am a Home Teacher, which is where a partner and I make regular contact with, provide help as needed, and basically care for some families in our Ward. As most people the LDS people, commonly called Mormons, as into searching out their family tree and history. The church provides many free resources, research centers, and lessons to both members and non-members. I enjoy learning about my roots, and I like to help others in their search of their family history. I have attended other churches and when friends invite me, I often will go with them. I enjoy learning what we have in common. When I do volunteer work I often find people of various religions there also volunteering, they are always so nice and willing to help.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Testimony is often a misunderstood word. It is receiving a spiritual witness such as the still small voice of the spirit of God. That tells me that God lives and loves me, that Jesus Christ is the son of got and our redeemer and savior who provided the atonement to overcome sin and death. That Jesus Christ spoke to men, called prophets in the Bible and in these last days, including Joseph Smith. Joseph was instructed to start up the church in a way that was pleasing to the Savior. Show more Show less