Background of AEA

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Background of AEA


AEA Purpose:

  The Anxiously Engaged Alliance (AEA) empowers couples and families to fulfill the Savior's admonition that  "... men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves ..."  D&C 58:27-28      

AEA Creed:


"A man filled with the love of God, is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race.”

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith (2007), p.330–31


AEA Promise:


"... the Lord will bless you with miracles if you believe in Him, 'doubting nothing.' Do the spiritual work to seek miracles. Prayerfully ask God to help you exercise that kind of faith.  I promise that you can experience for yourself that Jesus Christ, 'giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.' ... Seek and expect miracles."  

President Russell M. Nelson, April Conference, 2022


AEA History:


Glenn and Elisabeth Bingham live in St. George, Utah.  In their ward there are over 150 active priesthood brethren and even more active relief society sisters.  The ward is blessed with dozens of former elders quorum leaders, bishoprics, stake and mission presidents, relief society and primary leaders and many others that have excelled in their careers and are now retired.  Most have or want to serve as senior missionaries and service missionaries.  However, there are a number that because of family responsibilities, health, work requirements or other impediments can't currently serve.  Glenn and Elisabeth were in this situation and yet they wanted to help.  They found it extremely difficult just to launch out and do a service project on their own.  They reasoned that if there was an organized program in place it would be much easier.  When they talked to their friends and found many were interested in the same thing, AEA was born.

This wasn't the first time this had happened to the Binghams. In 1999 they were searching for service opportunities for their teenagers.  When they couldn't find an organization that was oriented for teens from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they organized Humanitarian XP (formerly HEFY) It was started for family and friends, but has grown over twenty-three years. To date, 25,000+ teens have served in more than thirty-five countries around the world.

Glenn and Elisabeth are grateful for the many couples and families that volunteer as Alliance Partners to make AEA possible. They welcome you to join them.