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Hi I'm Alan Braithwaite

I am a husband and father, and a product manager. I enjoy sports and love the outdoors, especially the mountains. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy being active. Although not highly talented, over the years I have played a variety of sports and generally enjoy being outside or on a sports court. Now as a parent I mostly get that pleasure by coaching or watching my kids. I am grateful to be married to my best friend. Together we are working through the ups and downs of raising a family. We have seven wonderful children -- each with unique talents and traits. My wife and I both work hard to provide for and raise our children. I work for a software company and she works at home as a homemaker in every sense of the word. Most of our "free" time is centered around our kids' many activities and helping them to be successful. I'm sure we have many of the same challenges as other families. Thankfully, we enjoy being together. Regular family vacations have been a source of bonding and memories that we cherish. But equally important are times we spend together playing games at home, watching a movie, going bowling or to a sporting event, or just going out to get ice cream. We also worship together on Sunday and spend time each day praying and reading the scriptures. Even doing these things we regularly face significant challenges, which we believe is an important part of life and God's plan for us. But we believe that these "family practices" are the things that help us get through the tough times, provide faith and hope, and prepare our children to be the next generation of parents and leaders.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that Jesus Christ is "the way, the truth, and the life" and that no person can return to our Heavenly Father except through Jesus Christ. The Bible has been a great blessing in my life to learn about Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is an additional witness of Jesus Christ, providing even more insight about the purpose of his life and the Atonement. The Book of Mormon uplifts and inspires me and gives me peace and direction in my life. I was raised in a family that belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was continually taught by my parents and Sunday School teachers that I needed to seek for and obtain my own witness or testimony of the things I was learning. I have invested time reading, studying, pondering and praying, and I have worked hard to keep God's commandments. By doing these things, I have received my own testimony that God is our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. I also have a testimony that The Book of Mormon is scripture. I have learned, and believe, that family relationships can extend beyond death and last through eternity. These blessings are received in the beautiful temples of the Church. Being a Mormon brings understanding about why we are on this earth and the role that Jesus Christ plays in our lives. This brings real happiness, as well as peace in difficult times.

How I live my faith

I find great joy in serving others. It doesn't always come naturally for me to do so. One blessing I have found from being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that it provides many opportunities to serve. As an example, many times over the years I have been given assignments to teach youth on Sundays, as well as work with them to plan and run activities that occur during the week. These activities have included serving those who need help, learning a new skill, or just having fun. My son and I also currently have an assignment to regularly visit families in our neighborhood to help them with any needs they might have and to bring an encouraging and uplifting message, something I believe the Lord would do if He were on the earth today. I also take opportunities to serve in the community, helping with events and organizations. I feel it is my duty to vote and be involved in the political process of my community and nation. I try to live my life as a follower of Jesus Christ should -- whether that's at my place of employment, around the community, or in my home.