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Hi I'm Alec

I love my life, my friends, and my family. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a young single adult living the same young single adult problems as everyone else. And I'm happy. I know why I'm here, and I have hope and faith in where I am going someday. I love reading, playing music, making people laugh, and finding the good things in life.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because that's the way I was raised, and when the time came to make the choice whether or not to continue forward in this religion, I asked my Heavenly Father through prayer if the way I was living was the right way--the way he wanted me to be living--and through my own personal answers, I felt his love and the correctness of my choice to be a Mormon. As I have grown up, I have had many experiences that have confirmed the truthfulness of the teachings of this church. In fact, one time, when my bishop was interviewing me, he asked me if I believed in several different aspects of this gospel, and as I responded yes to each question, I thought back to the time when that part of my testimony--my own personal belief-- was strengthened. The gospel of Mormonism makes SENSE to me, which I found out by studying the doctrines and living them. I know that I will see the loved ones I have lost in the life after this. Last of all, the gospel of this church gives me comfort that there is a guiding hand there for me, someone I can turn to at any time, and the knowledge that whatever trials I might be faced with, whatever burdens I have, or whatever mistakes I make, He can help me get through them.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by DOING. Doing is what makes me different than many other religious people. I live what I believe, all the time. I go to church every Sunday, attended seminary for four years, and love the youth and adults of my congregation. I share my faith with anyone who will listen, because it is what has given me a purpose, and because I know that it is what will bring true happiness to anyone who lives it.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Alec
Nobody does everything right. Everyone is going die, eventually. That is why we need a Savior. When Jesus died on the cross, when He willingly gave his life to his captors and then was resurrected, he made it possible for all of us to be resurrected too. He gave HIS life, a life he could have kept if he wanted to, so that we would not be lost in death. When Jesus suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane, he suffered the pains of all the guilt, pain, loneliness sorrow, loss, and grief felt by people, then, now, future people, and even the people who lived before Christ. Because of the pain he endured and sacrifice He made, we can be forgiven of our wrongdoings. We can't make it back to our Heavenly Father on our own; we make it back after all we can do, and by the grace of our Savior. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Alec
The Bible contains many truths regarding the plan that Heavenly Father has set out for us, as well as sets a good example as to how we should act as Christians. We do believe, however, that some important truths were altered in the Bible, so it cannot be completely depended on for all doctrine. I recently started a specific study of the New Testament and there are certain stories in there such as the loaves and the fishes and other parables that we don't find in the Book of Mormon but still have relevance to us today. The Bible is the word of God, and without it, we would not know in such great detail of how Jesus Christ set a perfect example for us amid all the persecution and temptations of the world. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Alec
I once heard a young lady in a musical group talking after a performance and she told of her experiences in Illinois. She recalled the beauty of a giant group of fireflies on a cool summer night. Behind the shadow of tears, she said, "See, I know God exists, because He gave us fireflies." It is simple things like that that tell me there is a God. I have seen His mercy and felt His forgiveness, and at times when I have maybe not deserved it, He has blessed me. Most importantly, I have asked him in sincere prayer if he loves me, and the overwhelming feeling of love that I felt touched me so deep that I knew that He must be there. This ability to pray and find out if God is there is available to everyone. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Alec
When you hear the word Atonement, it is likely referring to the great sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, through which He overcame death (making it so that we will be resurrected one day) and gave us the power to overcome sin, if we do what He asks us to. We don't know exactly how He did it, but I know that He did it because of His love for me. God's laws, like all other laws, have a punishment. If I steal, I go to jail. If I break God's commandments, for justice to be served, there must be a punishment fixed. Jesus Christ paid that punishment, and instead of being in debt for all the errors and sins that we have committed against God the Father, our debt is now with Christ. To pay this debt, Christ asks to have faith in him, to repent of our sins, to be baptized, to receive the Holy Ghost, and to continue faithfully until the end of our lives, doing all the things He would have us do. There is no other way by which we can return with our Father in Heaven again. In addition to providing the payment for the wrongs we commit, the Atonement allows us to overcome difficulties and struggles that we all have in this life. Christ felt all of the pain, anguish, and sorrow that we have and will ever have to endure, and because of this, He knows firsthand how to heal us. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Alec
Mormon missionaries are only there to help you come unto Christ. They teach various lessons according to your needs and interests. They teach about how Christ established His church when He was on the earth, how it was lost, but how it has been restored. They teach God's plan, including answers to the questions "Where did I come from?" "Why am I here?" and "Where am I going after this life?" All of these teachings revolve around the Gospel of Jesus Christ, or what He taught when He was on the earth and the teachings He left. Mormon missionaries teach you at your pace and their goal is to help you understand. They will extend commitments to you to help you more fully comprehend what you are learning and to start you on the path so you can live with your Heavenly Father again. Show more Show less