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Hi I'm Alex

I'm a soldier, a full-time student, a father and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a non-traditional person all the way around. "Life happens in spite of making other plans". Thankfully my Father in Heaven has always gently guided me to where I need to be. At the age of 36 I've returned to university full-time as non-traditional student. I love learning and love being in that environment, knowledge is power and the only thing we can take with us. I felt lost and frustrated after one job failure and layoff after another. Then being unable to find fulfilling employment that supported my family I enlisted in the US Army Reserves. I come from a long line of veterans, and I too am proud to be called a veteran of the US Army. I served on active duty for three years in the Medical Corp serving the needs of injured soldiers. Most of all I am a father of 5 beautiful children, Sarah (14), Xander (13), Elsie (11), Hannah (8), and Wesley (5) they make my successes in life feel so important. Everything I do is with their future and the eternities in mind.

Why I am a Mormon

Because I love the Savior, and want to follow him, and be like him. I have a deep and unwavering knowledge that he lives. He came to this earth to show us by example how we should treat our brothers and sisters, and suffered and died for me. That is what he did almost 2000 years ago, but every day his commandment to love him and my neighbor has meaning and relevance in my life. That is why I say that he lives, he lives on my heart and soul, and he lives today guiding his followers in the paths they should follow. I was raised from a young age to think always, "what would Jesus have me do", and as an adult I still follow that simple guide. The teachings of Jesus are just as important today as they were to the people of Jerusalem or Galilee. No where have I found those teachings to be more alive and in true practice than the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I teach my children the gospel, I read the holy scriptures daily and pray to my Father in Heaven every day. I've had to stand up for my beliefs in the military, in university classes, and in the places I have worked. I try and show not just by my words but more by my actions that I am a true follower of my Savior.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Alex
In a word, ignorance. People fear that which they don't understand. Some use it to discredit our beliefs as not valid or illegitimate. They hold on to a misunderstanding, or misinterpretation of our beliefs and deny the truth when its presented to them. Some people realize when the truth is presented to them the commonality of what we all believe, and that its almost identical to theirs. Yet there are still some that chose to continue with blinders on their heart and refuse to move out of their comfort zone. They are the ones that continue to use the label or cult in relation to our beliefs. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Alex
We lose good jobs, the river overflows the banks and floods our home, the hurricane heads straight for us, the fire consumes everything we own. No one wants to think of the worst that can happen, but all too often it does. Adversity and trials are a part of this life. Even though we are good and faithful we are not spared the difficulties and realities of life. I have personally experienced job losses, and if I hadn't prepared I would have been devastated and dependent on someone else. I have seen the aftermath of floods, fires, and hurricanes as a first responded and a soldier. I have been given those opportunities to help and serve others when they were most in need, and those opportunities, although they some of the hardest physically, were the most rewarding spiritually. I have seen first hand those that have prepared have a sense of control and independence that can't be measured. Self-reliance builds self-respect and independence. Show more Show less