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Hi I'm Alex

I love creating movies, I have a degree in media technologies, I've served a full-time mission, I'm autistic, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the second oldest of five kids. I have an older sister, and then my three younger brothers and I all have autism. I grew up in Connecticut, and have also lived in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. I like Connecticut the best so far. I was home-schooled for most of my life, but I did attend public school in third grade, and then again from eighth grade and on. I served as a full-time missionary for 2 years in west part of Phoenix Arizona. I love to think, diagnose things and situations, and then find the most efficient way of achieving what I want. Using this mentality, I have grown to love playing chess, I am a huge fan of LEGOs, and I love the process of making movies --"You have 'these' materials, you have 'this' amount of time, and we want this scene to look like 'such-and-such.' GO!"--

Why I am a Mormon

Doctors had very limited knowledge about Autism when I was diagnosed in 1994. They told my parents "put your dreams away, they are not coming through him." However, I have surpassed all expectations and every prediction, and while I place most of the credit with my older sister and my parents, the next biggest influence on me was my second family, the LDS church. The church is like one great big family, no matter where you move to, it seems like there is always a church not too far away, and people always ready to welcome you in. Some places are better than others, some are a little weird about it, but every week at the sacrament, no matter where I am, I feel the same feeling of love, and I feel like a part of one big family. That is why I willingly went every week in my youth... when I grew older and a little more mature, I also began to notice how much sense everything made. Everything I learned in church seemed to click, it all made so much sense. Friends that I had in other religions made comments occasionally about how certain topics made little or no sense, but because it was God, it couldn't make sense to us mortals. I don't believe that for one second. Its true that God doesn't tell us everything, and there are some mysteries which remain unanswered, but even with the mysteries, everything still should make sense, and nothing should be confusing. That is what I have found to be true with the LDS church.

How I live my faith

I try to live what I believe. I struggle at times with various things, but God does not expect us to be perfect, just to do our very best. I served as a full-time missionary for 2 years in Arizona. I needed to pay my own way, and I followed the strict mission rules of conduct, but it helped teach me many things, and also kept me focused so that I could help others come closer to Christ. Now that my missionary time is over, I still enjoy sharing what I know with others, but like I said before, I mainly try to lead by example and SHOW what I believe by doing it. Being kind and helpful are a couple of my favorite things, as just a few simple words can go a long way to help someone who's having a bad day sometimes. :)

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

We believe that Christ paid for the sins for EVERYONE on earth one of those mysteries, how did He do it? Just like we know that owr brains are able to function and do what they do, we know that Christ was able to do what he did, the exact details are irrelivant. But because he died for us and was resurected, he made it possible for us to be resurected. When Christ comes again, EVERYONE will be resurected, no matter what they did in this life, and will therefore become imortal. However, being 'imortal' is not the same thing as having 'eternal life'. God loves us, so He gave us the opportunity to be able to repent and fix the mistakes we made, and we will all be resurected because of that and live forever. But we WILL be judged acording to what we do with with that opportunity. If we chuck it out the window and say "No, I want to do things my way, and my way only" then we will be judged for that, and we will live forever with what we get. If we say "Yes, I believe that you suffered an incredible amount of pain for me, and I thank you for that, but I'm not going to do any work in return" we will be judged for that too, and live forever knowing that if we had done a little more we could have gotten better. Those who say "Yes, I understand what you did, and I will do all that I can to better myself and be worthy of what you did for me" they will be judged, and will be able to live forever together with those they love in the presence of our loving God and Savior Jesus Christ. Living forever in that state of happynes, THAT is what we call eternal life.  Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

I love paying tithing, which is a donation of 10 of a persons income. The reason I love paying tithing is because it is used for so much. When we pay tithing, we are provided with receipt-like papers called "tithing slips" where we make a record of what we are paying. We keep the yellow impression sheet, and place the other copy as well as our donation into an envelope addressed to our bishop, which we can either mail, or hand in person to our bishop. We are NOT paying the bishop, as everyone in the church works as a volunteer and have a paying job in addition to what they do for free at the church. The tithing money that we give to the bishop is counted, and records are kept through the year on what we pay. Just like medical or legal records, tithing records are confidential, and are only viewed by the bishop, his clerk, and the tithe payer. Once counted, the tithing money is sent as a lump sum to church headquarters. The church then distributes the money to where it is needed around the world. It is used for many things, including humanitarian work, and the building and maintaining of various church buildings, including our meeting houses and our temples. That is just amazing to me, the money I pay as tithing is used to build giant, beautiful buildings, where people can feel Gods presence so much! The money I pay, the tithing that we all pay, is used to help the church grow, and further the work of the Lord. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

‘There is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah’ (2 Nephi 2:8). No amount of work can earn salvation, nor is there a hierarchy based on what work we do or how we do it (see Romans 3:27). However, saying we believe in Christ and not doing righteous work makes our faith meaningless (see James 2:17-19). Christ has paid the ransom of our sins, we will all be resurrected when He comes again. However, we have been commanded to ACT on our faith in Him. One of the biggest things God has asked us to do love and serve one another, which can be one of the most challenging forms of work there is. Through modern Prophets, we have been directed to obtain an education, pursue worthwhile careers, and obey the laws of whatever country we live in, being actively involved in it's development even. 'Faith' is an action word. If I believe in Jesus Christ and His teachings, then I also believe that I must work to follow His teachings. Not doing what Christ taught, would mean that I don't truly have faith, though I am not perfect and struggle to do so even with this resolve (which is why it is considered 'work'). As I work to become a better person, and follow Christ's teachings more and more closely, it will bless my life, and the lives of those around me (see James 2:21-22). Show more Show less