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Hi I'm Alan

I'm a father and a husband. Like many right now, I'm an unemployed professional engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have two young boys. They are a handful and we love them to pieces! Our favorite saying with our boys is "I love you more." We then "argue" about who loves who more. It started with just my wife and I, but it has extended to our boys, too. It's a playful game that reminds us of the way we should treat each other and let our behavior match our desire to show how much we love them MORE!

Why I am a Mormon

I was not always a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I grew up with parents that taught me that it was important to be a good person. I remember one day in 5th or 6th grade, I came home from school and asked my mom what religion we were. She simply stated, "We're Christian. We believe in Christ." That was my one religious lesson from my parents--probably the most important one you can know! As a teenager, I had many questions about where I came from before I was born. I also didn't have a plan for what I wanted to make of my life or if it really mattered that I became anything. When I was 16 years old, I had one candid conversation with a friend who, shortly thereafter, sent me a copy of the Book of Mormon. After reading a few selected passages from the Book of Mormon, I felt a strong desire to keep reading. I was accustomed to only the required reading from high school--but for some reason, this book seemed different to me. And it was. Following that strong desire, I continued to read and flip through the book, trying to read any parts that my friend had selected and whatever else struck my interest. I read the book. I prayed to God to know for myself if that feeling, that desire to keep reading, was from Him. I felt a warm assurance that the desire I had to keep reading was leading me to the truth and closer to God. The full teachings and church of Jesus Christ were lost through apostasy shortly after the close of the New Testament due to the death of authorized representatives who held the authority given to them through the Savior Jesus Christ. This same gospel has been brought back again in its entirety for all of us by a loving God in Heaven.

How I live my faith

My wife and I have a lot of fun with the young men and young women of the church. We help plan and participate in various activities, including camping trips, service projects, and dances. It is rewarding to associate so closely with young people who are vibrant and full of enthusiasm for life. I have a responsibility that keeps me involved with weekly Sunday activities for the church. Also, every Wednesday night I attend a young men/young women activity, where the young men and young women carry out plans to have spiritually, physically, and/or socially strengthening activities. I read the scriptures daily and am sure to pray in the morning, at night, and at meal times. Prayers do not have to be limited to just these five times a day. In addition to praying when I feel the need, I try to always have a prayerful thought or desire through the day. My favorite thing about praying is helping my children to pray individually and saying family prayers with them. I feel strengthened when I hear my children pray for me. I know that God hears our humble, sincere prayers and answers them according to His will. I know that He will answer your prayers, too. He is our Father and he loves each one of us.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Alan
The main reason why a restoration was necessary is that the church of Jesus Christ was established on "the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone" Ephesians 2:20. Once the apostles and prophets of Jesus' day were persecuted and killed, there were not any individuals who were authorized to continue the church according to the pattern that Jesus himself had put in place. Enter in apostasy and dark ages. Closing this period of confusion and outright deception, God has restored the same church that was established by Jesus Christ while he was on the earth. Today, it is known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is known as the Church of Jesus Christ because it is His church. And the "of Latter-day Saints" is used to differentiate between members now and the ancient church because we live in the "latter days". Show more Show less