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Hi I'm Allen

I am a Financial Analyst with an MBA and a CIA. I live in Sacramento CA and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to travel. It is my number one hobby. I have been to many parts of the United States, as well as Canada, Mexico, England and Germany. Perhaps it is my desire to see history first hand that draws me to travel so much. I loved walking the streets of Boston and seeing where the first birth of freedom took place, taking a helicoptor tour of the Big Island in Hawaii and watching the land growing inch by inch, and walking through the Alamo to see where the brave Texans made thier last stand. I have also enjoyed visiting sites of historical significance for my church. I have been to Palmyra, NY where Joseph Smith, our first Prophet, had a vision from God the Father and the Son, Jesus Christ. I have been to Navuoo, IL where Brigham Young first led the Saints towards the western frontier and then on to what is now Utah. I have visited temples of my church in Utah, Idaho, California, Nevada, Colorado, Texas, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Washington DC, Massachusetts, Georgia and Canada. I have been inspired by the natural beauty of the planet. I have viewed the Grand Canyon, Yosemite Valley, the arches of Southern Utah, the geysers of Yellowstone, the glaciers of Alberta, and the wonderful beaches of California, Florida, Virginia, and Cape Cod. I have also been inspired by the abilities of man. I hope to travel much more so that I may take in the wonders of this planet that our Father in Heaven has provided for all of us.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. I suppose that many would say that it is easy to be a Mormon if that is all that you know. But I can tell you this, my experience in this life has taught me that it would be easy to walk away from my church if I didn't know that it was the only true church of Jesus Christ here on the earth. My faith has been challenged by friends and family, people who I know very well and people who I have just met on the street. I read challenges to my faith in the newspapers and magazines of the world, see it on TV and in the movies; even in the theatre. But nothing can drive me from a certain knowledge that I have gained through study and prayer. And that knowledge is this. Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God. He was called to restore the true church of our Savior on this earth. The Book of Mormon is a record of the Lords dealings with his children on the ancient American continent. It is a true account of the Lord's visit to the inhabitants of this land. There are Prophets and Apostles on the earth today. They are men that are called of God and have been ordained with his priesthood. And perhaps the most important knowledge that I have, and the main reason that I am a Mormon is this: Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. He came down to this earth because he loves us. He was willing to sacrifice his life so that we may live, and he was willing to suffer in the Garden of Gethsemene so that we may be forgiven of our sins if we will repent and live a life worthy of his sacrifice. I know that this is true, and that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I currently work as a counselor to individuals who find themselves in financial difficulty. It is very rewarding to help these children of God to understand that with proper planning, and some diligent effort on their part, they will be able to become financially independent. Other rewarding opportunities I have had to serve in the church include working with the young men to help them understand the importance of proper spiritual as well as temporal preparation for life. I have worked with the elderly, as a friend and comforter as well providing physical labor to help them when it is needed. I served as a missionary for our church in order to bring the message of Christ to the people of Germany. And I have also served as a volunteer in the temples of the church, which provide an important service of linking us to our ancestors.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Allen
This has been a topic that is much in the news right now. Changing attitudes and legal decisions can not and will not change the stand of our church against same-sex marriage. I have a friend who is heavily involved in this life style. I love him very much, but it does not change the fact that I cannot condone the behavior. I have a family member who lives with a woman but they are not married. Again, I love this family member and also the woman as well, but I cannot condone the behavior. The fact is this, whether in a homosexual or heterosexual relationship, the laws of God cannot be violated, it is sin. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Allen
This is another great question. I have a friend who wrote an entire thesis on the subservience of Mormon women. It is fully and wholly incorrect. While there may be Mormon men who treat their wives improperly as "second class" citizens, this is also true among all people on the earth. Some behave this way, many do not. And another important point, treating a women as a lesser partner is not the way the Lord intended the marriage relationship to be. I have seen in my life the value of a woman. I have had women work for me and I have worked for women. They are as gifted as any man I have worked for or which has worked for me. To say that men are better employees or that they are smarter is a ridiculous idea. That having been said, I will repeat what I have said in the past. The most advantageous situation in a home is one where the husband serves as the provider for the family, and the wife provides a nurturing presence in the home. There will be situations where this will not be possible. I know because I have been in such a situation. However, I firmly believe that the husband/provider and wife/nurturer will provide the best situation. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Allen
I am sometimes surprised at how many people believe that we existed before we came to this earth. It is true. We lived as spirits before we came here. That is why Jeremiah was told that the Lord knew him before he was born. This life is only a part of a much bigger plan by our Father in Heaven. We lived before, we are here to prove we will live the commandments given to us by God, and we will be judged according to our actions here. The very best part of this plan is that we can prove our willingness to serve the Lord and if we do, we can be with him again, and we can also be with those we love for all eternity. Show more Show less