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Hi I'm Alan

About Me

I am married and we have two young children: a boy and a girl. I am currently working toward a PhD in physics. I served a mission in the United States speaking both English and Spanish. I enjoy reading books on gospel-related topics, marriage, parenting, science fiction, fantasy, and classics. I like to work in my yard, especially with my children. It is fun to watch their curiosity. My wife and I like to read together, play games, attend the temple, tickle our kids, and visit family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church by devoted parents, and I never doubted the truthfulness of this gospel. As a teenager, I wanted to know for myself that the Church was true, so I began to study the scriptures and pray to Heavenly Father on a daily basis. I have come to know, through continual study and prayer, by the power of the Holy Ghost, that Heavenly Father lives, that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true church on the Earth. Through the doctrines and the ordinances of this church I can follow the path that Jesus Christ provided to return to live with Heavenly Father, to become like Him, and to be with my family forever.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as the cubmaster in my congregation, working with the eight- to ten-year-old boys. I also visit several families in the congregation on a monthly basis, sharing a brief message published by our prophet, and making sure their needs are met.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Alan
Church services are where members of congregations meet regularly to learn the gospel and worship. We meet all together as families, as well as in separate groups of children, youth, and adults. The most important part of weekly meetings is the sacrament, where we renew promises made when we were baptized. Church services are available to all people regardless of age, church membership, etc. Once members have been sufficiently prepared, including achieving a certain age and personal worthiness, they may go to the temple to participate in ordinances in which continued promises of obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ are made. They may also be married for eternity to their spouse. After receiving these ordinances for themselves, members may return to the temple as often as desired to perform these same ordinances for those who have died, allowing the deceased to have the same opportunities for salvation that are given to the living. Show more Show less