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Hi I'm Allen

Returned missionary, blogger, vlogger, musician, cook, geek, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been called and have accepted the call to serve as a missionary in the California San Fernando Mission. I am so excited to serve the people there and to share with them the joy that I have received from living the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but that doesn't mean I'm a Mormon because my parents are. I used to be a Mormon because of the music I have always enjoyed in sacrament meeting, until I started to read the scriptures by myself. I am a Mormon because I believe in God the Eternal Father, His son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. I am a Mormon because I believe that Joseph Smith prayed for an answer and God & Jesus Christ appeared to him telling him that none of the churches (back then) were correct, and that after several years, through the help of the Spirit, created the Church as it is today. I am a Mormon because I believe this is the same Church in the New Testament and the same Church in the Old Testament.

How I live my faith

I am the only organist in our little singles branch, so I get select the hymns and then play them every Sunday. I am the secretary to our Branch president, so I make some phone calls for him, schedule meetings for him, and other tasks as needed.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Allen
A ward & branch is a congregation of about 150 members who meet every Sunday in the nearest church building. The ward & branch is relatively similar to the Catholic Church's parish. The spiritual leader of the ward is a Bishop (Branch President for branches), he is asked to serve in this position for a few years, completely unpaid. The stake is a group of wards & branches that together a few times a year to learn from the spiritual leader (Stake President). Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Allen
In 1820, on a beautiful spring morning, Joseph Smith was deeply troubled about which Church to join. To get away from distractions of home, he went in to a grove of trees and prayed. Two personages, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, appeared to Joseph and told him to join none of the churches on earth at that time. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Allen
In the court process, witnesses give testimony as to the things that happened at the scene of a crime. Our testimonies are our spiritual witnesses of Jesus Christ. Unlike the court process, we have not actually seen something happen, but we have felt it and know with out a shadow of a doubt that the things that have happened in our lives have been done through the help of Jesus and faith in prophets and our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less