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Hi I'm Allen

I'm a therapist, an athlete, a student, a husband, a dad and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I married July 2007 and our first son was born November 2010. I grew up in Arizona, went to college at in Utah, and now live in Alabama while going to graduate school.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe in the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. As I think back on the very first time I read the Book of Mormon, I see a miracle. It was an absolutely life changing experience—my most treasured six months of my teenage years, for it completely changed the direction of my life. As I determined to read the whole book for the first time all on my own accord, I didn’t know what to expect. It happened slowly as I read—that book changed me and it was basically completely unnoticeable to me as it happened. As I read about Christ and His gospel, my desires and priorities changed, my knowledge increased, and my own personal testimony began. It felt absolutely wonderful. The power of the book grew inside of me. No one needed to tell me what I needed to do the desire to do the will of my heavenly Father was already there. I knew where to look for a remission of my sins. I learned of and felt Christ’s love for me, that He knew me, that He did atone for my sins, and that the power and mercy of God is real. I learned of the path that I needed to be on and was willing to do anything to get and stay on it. I came to know Christ and my Father in heaven better than I had ever dreamed possible because of I felt their love, mercy, patience, strength, understanding, and forgiveness.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in every aspect of my life. My faith affects my education, my work, my family, and my friends. My faith encourages me to do my very best at everything that I set out to accomplish. I love serving within the church as well. I love working with young men in the church and learning from them and trying to help them through their challenges. I also enjoy going out to visit a few families in the same congregation to share with them a gospel message and be their friends. I have felt so uplifted by others' witnesses of the gospel and I hope that I have helped someone else feel the Holy Spirit as well.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Allen
Family is central to Mormons for several reasons. I will just share two. 1) It is with our family that we will be saved. To gain eternal life, or to live the life that God now lives, we must be married by God's priesthood, or power, and then live worthily and take great care of our spouse and family. We cannot enter into the highest kingdom of heaven by ourselves. 2) It is in the family that we learn how to be true and complete Christians. The home is the ultimate laboratory or school to live out the gospel of Jesus Christ. No other social institution or place or group or relationship can replace family relationships for this purpose. God has set up families to this end. Show more Show less