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Hi I'm Alan

I am a Mormon. My wife and I have five married children and 19 grandchildren. We live in Tooele, Utah, USA. I am an attorney.

About Me

My hobbies include photography, travel, adventure documentaries, opera, and baking. I can make a delicious loaf of bread, grinding my own grain, and making the bread six loaves at a time. My wife and I have traveled to several countries in western Europe, including Great Britain; the Republic of Ireland; Wales Portugal; Istanbul, Turkey; Denmark; Sweden; Norway; Finland; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Peters berg and Moscow, Russia; France; Germany; Italy; and some port cities in Spain. When I was younger, I served for eight years as a Scoutmaster with our local Boy Scouts of America troop, and we had a policy that we would go camping for at least one week-end every month of the year. I also took my children back packing in the high Uintah mountains. Along with the older scouts and some of their parents, I have explored the west desert of Utah on dirt bikes, riding 100 miles on the Pony Express trail. I graduated from Borah High School in Boise, Idaho, USA, and obtained a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Idaho. I then attended the University of Utah USA law school and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 1970. I have practiced law for 45 years. I retired in September 30, 2015.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members of the Mormon Church when I was born, but they were not actively involved in their congregation until I attained my eighth birthday. I am the oldest of four siblings. It is customary for children eight years of age to be baptized and confirmed a member of the church. I was baptized when I was nine years of age. I have remained a committed member because of the happiness and peace of mind the gospel has brought into my life and the life of my family. In a world that is in constant chaos, with Satan attempting to ensnare us in his web of lies and filthiness, it is so refreshing to have the ability to pray to Father in Heaven and receive the inspiration and guidance to remain strong in Christ's gospel. I am not intimating that people who are not Mormons do not have the ability to have their prays answered, because God loves all of His children and wants them all to be happy and have the peace of mind that Christ talked about, but because I was baptized and recognize Christ as my savior, I receive comfort and guidance from the Holy Ghost on a daily basis. I know that God lives. I know He wants all of his spirit children to return to live with him one day. I know that Christ's atonement not only ensures that all of God's children will live again after death, but that by following Christ's teachings we can be forgiven of our sins and transgressions. We can be made pure and holy through the atonement of Christ, because he took our sins and transgressions on himself in the Garden of Gethsemane. I am a Mormon because I have had so many experiences, large and small where the Holy Ghost has testified to me that God and Christ are helping me. I know without a doubt that They are vitally concerned about each and every one of God's children. I love Him because He loves me.

How I live my faith

I have served as the City Attorney of my town and as a Deputy County Attorney. As indicated I have been a scout master, and have served in many church callings such as a Sunday school teacher of the youth and adults. My wife and I were recently called to serve as full-time Senior Missionaries for 23 months in McAllen, Texas, USA. Our mission will commence March 14, 2016. We are excited to be called to serve the Lord in this part of His vineyard, but we are also apprehensive because we don't speak Spanish and the population in that portion of Texas, USA are mostly Hispanic.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Alan
Sunday Mormon church services involve three meetings held in succession with ten minute breaks between meetings.The three meetings are the worship service called Sacrament meeting because we partake of the Sacrament of the Last Supper (bread and water). That meeting lasts one hour and ten minutes. The worship service is followed by Sunday School. The adults have at least one and sometimes two different classes they can attend and the youth 12 years and older are divided into age groups for their classes: 12-13; 14-15 and 16-17. The younger children have a separate meeting called Primary and they too are divided into age appropriate classes. Following Sunday School, which is about 45 minutes in duration, the women have Relief Society and the men and boys age 12 and older have Priesthood meeting for one hour. The entire meeting schedule on Sunday is therefore three hours. On Tuesday or Wednesday, the youth ages 12-17 have Young Men and Young Women activities. The boys belong to a Boy Scout Troop in the United States and in some other parts of the world. The young women have the same age groups as in Sunday School, and work on self-improvement lessons. Occasionally the boys and girls will meet together for an activity such as skating. Everyone is invited to Mormon Church Activities. Show more Show less