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Hi I'm Alex

I am a college student. I am a glaucoma victim, and I will find a cure to it. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a graduate student at UT-San Antonio in Biology. I have an undergraduate degree in Economics and am preparing to attend medical school when I finish my current degree. I love sports, especially baseball--go Rockies!. I also enjoy history and am active in the political arena. I love the outdoors, especially hiking and hunting. I work as a teaching assistant in a physiology lab at the university and also work part-time as a substitute teacher. My professional ambition is to find a cure to glaucoma (a disease I've had since birth) and treat those who suffer from this disease. I served an LDS mission in Singapore and Malaysia, learning the Malay language in the process. It was one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. Since returning, I have had the privilege of translating for the Church. I am happily married with a wonderful, happy daughter. They are the joy of my life and I live my faith so that we can still be together after death.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up listening to my parents' teachings and faithfully attending church every week. But, like for most teenagers, there came a time when what my parents taught me was challenged. It was at this critical juncture in high school for me that I spent a lot of time studying the scriptures and praying to God for answers. I took up the challenge in John 7:17 to "do His will," and I did learn of the doctrine. It was of God. His Gospel has been restored. The Bible and Book of Mormon are His word. More recently, I have come to understand the uniqueness of the Mormon teaching that families can be together forever. Only in the Church of Jesus Christ is there both the hope for eternal families and the priesthood power necessary to seal families together. I could not imagine my life without my wife and daughter, and I live my life with the hope and faith that we will be together forever. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I've been able to live my faith in several ways. I recently returned from serving as a missionary in Malaysia and Singapore. While there, I truly learned the joy that comes from helping others find true happiness in the teachings of Jesus Christ. I've also helped out in my local congregation with its family history research program, which I really enjoyed. But in day to day living, I always try to live my faith by being kind to others, looking out for those in need of help or comfort, and being honest in all my dealings with those around me.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Alex
No. It is not a requirement for membership in the Church to serve a mission. Many media outlets refer to missionary service as a right of passage, but that is not entirely accurate either. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, in many places has commanded us to share the Gospel. My favorite instance of this is found in Matthew 28:19, when the Savior says, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." It is the priesthood duty of young men to serve. For varying reasons not all serve and those who do not serve do not lose any part of their standing in the Church. They generally start serving between 18-25 years of age for the space of 2 years. Women may also serve a mission beginning at age 19 for the space of 18 months. They do not have the priesthood duty to go, but their service is welcomed and greatly beneficial. Older married couples may also serve missions as health and means allow. Show more Show less