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Hi I'm Alan

I am a recently retired integrated circuit designer and engineering manager, and a newly called mission president.

About Me

I am an electrical engineer by education, and have been an integrated circuit designer, a manager of circuit designers, and general manager of a business unit. I am a husband, father of three children, and grandfather to 7 grandchildren. In my youth I enjoyed whitewater kayaking, hiking and downhill skiing. I have left off the kayaking, but still enjoy skiing and hiking. I also enjoy snow shoeing, playing the guitar, and traveling with my wife. I have recently retired so that my wife and I may respond to the call to serve as a mission president in Virginia.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After attending Brigham Young University and taking a Book of Mormon class I gained a personal testimony of the Book of Mormon and of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon answered my questions about God and religion with clarity and power. Most importantly, as I prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was true I received a clear answer. That answer came after I made a commitment to Heavenly Father to bring my life into full conformance with the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. My membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has blessed my life in many ways. It has helped me teach my children not only that they should live virtuous lives, but also why they should live virtuous lives. It has put me in proximity with men and women who are committed disciples of the Savior and who are "existence proofs" of what a person can become by living the gospel. It has provided a path of continuous growth and progression. Perhaps that is one of the things I love most about the Church: though as I age my ability to pursue some of the activities I have enjoyed will diminish, the opportunity to become a more committed disciple of the Savior is an opportunity for never-ending growth.

How I live my faith

I strive to follow the Savior’s example of faithful devotion and service. The Savior was absolutely resolute in doing His Father’s will. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints everyone is given a responsibility, or calling, to give service to others. I feel that by willingly accepting callings, and serving with devotion, I can in a small measure emulate the Savior. Recently my wife and I accepted a call to direct one of the missions of the Church. This will require us to leave our home and move to a new state, where we will serve for three years. We have learned that responding to any call, whether it is a call to lead or a call to give some quiet service, always results in joy and personal growth.