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Hi I'm Alex

I'm a Mormon. I was born on a USAF base in Montana, and grew up in Connecticut. I'm currently serving a mission in Utah.

About Me

I'm 20 years old, and am currently serving a mission! I'm in the Utah St. George mission, which covers the entire southern half of Utah.I'm now about two months out, and everything is going great. I cover 6 wards, which is pretty awesome - coming from Connecticut, where there was a set of missionaries per ward, I was surprised to be covering so many. So, about me. A few of my hobbies are reading, gaming, and hanging out with friends - and also programming and math. I'm only semi-normal haha. I plan on going to college after my mission, though I'm not sure where I'll go, and I keep changing my mind as to what I would even want to study. I've considered advanced math, physics, various computer disciplines... and more recently, I've considered that I might want to get into landscaping or blacksmithing. I wasn't even aware that traditional blacksmiths still existed in the US other than as a hobby - shows how much I know - but it turns out they can make a decent amount of money if they're good.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a Mormon as long as I can remember - I was, more or less, born into the Church. Unfortunately, when I was young, my parents went inactive, and took me with them. My parents got divorced, and my dad stayed inactive. A few years later, when I was maybe 10 or 11, my mom and my sister and I started going to church again. I remember it took me awhile to get used to coming to church again, but fairly soon I started to feel that this was right again, and I stuck with it. Later, when I was maybe 16, I was going through seminary (it's different for Mormons - it's for high school students, and is not preparation to become a pastor), and it was the first time I'd read the whole Book of Mormon cover-to-cover. At the end, there is a promise/challenge from Moroni, saying that if we read it, and then pray to God to know if it is true, then He will answer us. I took that challenge, and yes. Yes, God answered. I can't tell you exactly what it felt like - it's like describing a taste or a color - but I can tell you, with certainty, that the Book of Mormon is true, and I'll give you the same promise and challenge - Read the Book of Mormon. Read it with the intent of finding out whether it is good, whether it is true. And then pray about it, with that same intent, and with the intent to - if God answers yes - do something about it.

How I live my faith

Before my mission, I was never particularly good at being a "member missionary" beyond the occasional smalltalk, but I'm confident I'll be able to learn to be a successful missionary, and I plan to incorporate what I learn into my life after my mission, so the work is never done. Another way I live my faith is to look for opportunities to serve people in need. Like missionary work, however, I realize I shouldn't just look for the big things - the ones that take a lot of effort on my part - but picking up something that someone has dropped, or holding a door. They may not seem as important, but there are so many of those opportunities all around, and I know that they add up to a lot. I know that, big or small, a bit of charity from one person makes the day a bit brighter.