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Hi I'm Alex

I was a college student, a scuba diver, and a Joe's Crab Shack server. And I'm a Mormon Missionary!

About Me

I was born and raised in California, but I have lived in New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Australia, Utah, Idaho, and Texas. I am the youngest of three, the only son, but I'm the tallest in the family. I love to watch movies, listen to music, take pictures, sing, and read in my spare time. I also enjoy everything water related swimming, surfing, scuba diving, jet skiing, body surfing, kayaking/canoeing, and snorkeling. A few other things I enjoy is biking, camping, and even just driving the car around. With all of the moving around as a younger man due to my father's job I love to travel and go on vacation to all sorts of different places, around the country and the world! When not travelling I'm a college student working on my degree. I'm actually still working on the whole "what I want to be when I grow up" part.  I love to study History and Sciences the most. At the exact moment however I am a Missionary for the Church! I have been out for over a year and I have been having the time of my life. It's so amazing to be able to go around and teach people about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and see the their lives change completely as they accept the Gospel. I love seeing the constant smile on their faces, even in times of severe and life changing hardship and there is always a light in their eyes that wasn't there before.

Why I am a Mormon

 I was born and raised in the Church and I have the best parents ever. They have always done all that they could for me, even when I wasn't the easiest son in the world to work with. I can personally testify to the reality and healing effect of Christ's Atonement, where He suffered for my sins. I have felt the weight of guilt and the pain of remorse for actions I've commited lifted off of my shoulders as I asked Heavenly Father for forgiveness. As I poured my heart and soul out to Him in a silent prayer of confession, pleading, and sorrow I felt a powerful warmth overcome all other feelings in my body and I suddenly felt so calm and at peace. I have been able to turn my life around and start over anew because Christ took me in His arms and gave me a second chance. And with that second chance I am doing all I can to repay Him and make Him proud of me. I always knew that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was true and the Book of Mormon was true, but my own personal witness/testimony really came while out here on my Mission. I teaching a lesson to an elderly man and there was a point in the lesson where I looked him in the eye and said "I know that the Book of Mormon is true!" and as soon as the words left my mouth I heard a voice in the back of my head say "You do know it's true!" and I felt an amazing peace and awe come over me. I know that if we sincerely ask Heavenly Father in prayer for answers to our questions that He will answer them. It may not always be with a "Yes" or in the way we expect, but He does answer. The Church is so family oriented and I love that. The teachings of the Church make raising a family so simple in this hectic world it seems so easy to lay a good strong foundation for our little ones when we abide by the principles taught in the Church. I have seen the differences in families in and out of the Church, and more importantly I have felt the difference in the Spirit between families who are of the Church and not the contrast is shocking and remarkable! I am so glad that my parents are strong members of the Church with rock solid testimonies and they raised me right. And I know when the time comes I can be sealed to my future wife and our children for time and all of eternity, and that is a bond that can never be broken. I will be able to completely happy forever!

How I live my faith

 Well as I said, I'm a Missionary right now so everything I do is influenced by the Gospel and the Church standards. But I enjoy it so much. It's so cool to have such a solid foundation in this world of changing values and morals if ever I being to worry about my or my family's future I just calm down and remember to "trust in the Lord with all my heart and He will direct my path" Proverbs 35-6. I've tried to imagine where I'd be without the Church or Gospel in my life and I honestly can't, it is such an integral part of me. I know I'm not perfect or anywhere near it but I never give up, I always keep pushing on and hoping/searching for the best in life. And above all, the knowledge that my Heavenly Father loves me and is always with me in all I do is such a big influence on everything I do. I don't want to let Him down, and He's never let down so I want to do all I can to repay Him for that.