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Hi I'm Alan

I retired from an occupation I loved; to fill my life with service. I serve my family, my community and my church. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have always loved learning. As a child, my parents filled my home with a wide variety of books and good music. I learned to love to read. I enjoy learning about the lives of others, what brought them success or led to their failure. I enjoy reading about new discoveries in science or medicine and love a good science fiction or western. I love to sing. I sing with our church choir each week and love performing. There is a special feeling that comes when our voices unite to carry a message to the hearts of others. I married a wonderful young lady. She has grown into a fascinating woman. We find great joy in each other and love to spend time with our children and grand children.

Why I am a Mormon

My dad wasn’t able to spend a lot of time playing sports with us when I was growing up, because of the shifts he was required to work and the second jobs which he took on to provide for our family. The time he did spend with us was special. We would often play catch or go out together for a small treat. But what I loved most was when he would involve me and my brothers in what he was doing. Dad was regularly involved in service projects of one kind or another. One of those projects was to help on a church farm to provide for those in need. There we would often hoe weeds in the cotton fields south of Phoenix. The rows were sometimes a half-mile long and after completing our own assignments Dad would often have us help some of the older men who were struggling or have us complete a row left by someone when it got too hot. Working on separate rows but close enough to talk he would tell us stories, encourage us, teach us. I remember him explaining to us why the church and the priesthood meant so much to him. I already knew it was special. I had watched him over the years follow the counsel of church leaders. He accepted every call he was given. I had watched him lay his hands on mother and give her blessings that had healed her. And I had felt that power when he laid his hands on my head as I lay burning with fever. As I strive to follow the example he set for me, my life is filled with experiences that assure me of the truthfulness of the gospel as taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have come to know the sweetness of my Savior's grace and feel the power of his priesthood in my own life. The Holy Ghost has given me a testimony of the Book of Mormon and with the Bible a knowledge of the Lord's plan for bringing salvation and joy to all of Heavenly Father's children. I know the gospel is true. I have felt that joy. I invite all to come and enjoy that same happiness, peace and assurance of the Lord's love. I am not perfect but know I am His.

How I live my faith

I am actively involved in my community. I chair a committee of approximately thirty volunteers that have the responsibility for organizing an Independence Day Parade for about 300,000 spectators. This takes many hours of planning and organizing and is pretty much a year round affair. I have been doing this for many years. I am also involved in a Mobile Watch program. After seeing problems begin to arise near my home, I worked with city leaders to implement a mobile watch program in our area. I trained with the local police department, and have served over twenty years with neighbors to patrol our neighborhood and watch for and report signs of criminal activity. I am proud to report we have significantly reduced the number of occurrences in our area. I also serve my church. I served as an ecclesiastical leader for many years and enjoyed blessing the lives of those whom I served. I particularly liked to work with the youth and have spent many days and nights hiking, swimming and camping with them. I love to sit around the campfire singing and sharing stories. There is a special closeness that comes from these times under the stars. I am currently involved with planning for amateur radio communications in the event of a natural disaster or similar emergency and helping church members and neighbors prepare for such an event. I also serve as a temple worker twice a week for six hours. This service has been a great blessing in my life. I love being in the temple. My most important service is a responsibility of my priesthood. When requested I lay my hands upon the head of a worthy member and like Isaac or Jacob of old, pronounce a blessing upon them. These blessings by fasting and prayer reveal to them the Lord's will and the gifts and help he promises them.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Alan
One of the teachings of the church that most assured me of God's love for his children is the proxy work done for the dead. Christ taught that each and every one of us must be baptized in order to enter back into his presence, but many have come to live and die without ever hearing of God, or having the opportunity to be baptized. Because God cannot lie, without some other way of completing this ordinance, millions of God's children would never have the opportunity for salvation. This would be absolutely unfair and completely unworthy of a God of perfect love. The proxy work established by the Savior when he was on the earth and mentioned by Paul in 1 Cor. 15:29 was lost during the apostasy but reestablished when His church was restored to the earth. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints invites worthy members to come to the Lord's House and perform these ordinances so that every one of Heavenly Father's children has the opportunity to accept this work if they desire. Their free agency is preserved, but none is left without the hope of salvation. Show more Show less