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Hi I'm Xander

I've lived in Seattle, Utah, Ukraine, and Los Angeles... and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a filmmaker with a family of four: me, my wife, and twin boys (now 3.5 yrs old). Our boys were born with a rare blood disease called HLH (Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis). In 2007, they both had bone marrow transplants. An anonymous donor gave of her marrow to save our boys lives. They are now two years post transplant and doing very well. It is truly a miracle and a perfect example of selflessness on the part of our donor. Aside from dealing with that traumatic experience, I love movies. I mean, I love, love, love movies. When I'm not watching a movie, I enjoy swimming, anything outdoors, reading, and talking. Seriously, I talk a lot!

Why I am a Mormon

Well, it is true that my parents are Mormon. My maternal grandparents were also Mormon. That isn't the case on my father's side. He joined the church when he met my Mom, who had recently returned from her mission to France. I will say that I am not a Mormon because my parents are Mormon. I have been blessed too many times and have seen too many miracles not to deny the existence of God and his love for us as a Heavenly Father. I know there are a lot of "mysteries" in life. I wish I had all of the answers, but I am confident in what I do know and in what I have experienced. These experiences included answers to prayers, spiritual warnings, seeing someone healed as well as being healed, and much more. I can honestly say that I look back on my life so far and I can see the hand of God. It is easy to dismiss small miracles as "coincidence" or "happenstance," but I prefer to look at them as blessings, and small ways that God reminds us that He is there and that He loves us. And when I do see the blessings and the miracles, I am given so much more and am open to more possibilities. I am a Mormon because I believe that this is the Church of Jesus Christ, as He established while on the Earth. I am a Mormon because I believe that God answers our prayers, that He gives us guidance, and that I am so much happier when I seek answers and follow when answered. If an omniscient being knows my future, why wouldn't I check in when making decisions, great or small. I am Mormon because I believe that the Lord is "bound" to bless us when we obey. And I have felt that and experienced the blessings that come from that belief.

How I live my faith

I've participated in many capacities in the church, from working with the youth (12-18) to helping out the "older" guys. I've helped pack up moving trucks and put on a play. I've even been in a few performances myself. I do my best to help out and visit those families, big or small, who are in need of a monthly visit. I also occasionally teach a lesson or two. And I've spoken in our main meeting (Sacrament Meeting) numerous times. Also, I served a full-time 2-year mission to Donetsk, Ukraine. So yes, I do speak Russian... although my vocab is slowly shrinking. All in all, I love people and love serving them. It is a real pleasure to be with like-minded people, with all our differences, unified in our belief in Jesus Christ.

What do Mormons believe about family?

We believe that the family is the central part of God's plan. We believe that a family can be together for time and all eternity, that when we end this mortal life we can be together with our loved ones again. If you look at all the things that might bring our happiness in this life, our relationships and our experiences are the only things we will take with us. That is why family is central to God's plan. From learning how to communicate, how to love, and even what it means to create another being, family will teach us many important lessons in this life that will prepare us for and help us in the life to come. Show more Show less