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Hi I'm Alan

I'm a farmer raises cattle, crops, and children. I write books. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived mostly in the Western States of America but I've lived in Austria for two years and have visited the Baltics and Germany. I have five children and recently two granddaughters. My wife tells me I'm still deciding what to do with my life but I've worked as a scientist, farmer, rancher, technical writer, and consultant. I'm an avid fan of the Portland Trailblazers. Last year I put up a hoop house and grew amazing vegetables: broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, okra, cucumbers, etc.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon but that is not why I'm still a Mormon. I'm convinced in my mind and heart that we are children of a loving God. Some of my first childhood memories are hearing testimonies of other Mormons in meetings and feeling the Holy Spirit and sensing truth--as only a child can--of the love and truth that is the core of ourselves. When I read the Book of Mormon, I'm astounded by its beauty, doctrine, and simplicity. I know it is a true account of a branch of Israelites because of their doctrine and the laying out of the prophecies of the coming Messiah. The more I study it, the richer and deeper it becomes. It has been said that among Mormons the higher education one attains, the more like one is to be a devout member--which is opposite of most of the world's intelligent people. I have found that God will give us EVERYTHING we ask for, if we ask in humble prayer and faith, and if we are patient. I have been given many blessing in this life and the foremost are spiritual blessings.

How I live my faith

I pray every day. I go to church every Sunday and listen to the Spirit. I often get caught up in the tasks that need to be done and get preoccupied, so I am grateful for Sunday meetings to get my eternal priorities straight. When I study the scriptures my mind is enlightened. One of my favorite callings in the church was the Chorister who led the singing. I got to choose the hymns and then every Sunday I would lead them and sing them as though they were my personal praise and prayer.