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Hi I'm Alex Winder

I'm a performer. I love baseball. I am a fan of pizza. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I mostly grew up in Missouri but moved to Las Vegas when I was 16. While in St. Louis I developed a deep affinity for Cardinals baseball and I'd say that fandom is a fairly defining aspect of who I am. I love movies, as well. I think most people do, but I'm pretty crazy about film. So crazy, I want to be involved with film as a career. I really admire voice actors and foley artists and I would love to get into either of those fields. Some of my favorite movies are Empire Strikes Back/Return of the Jedi, Nacho Libre, the Princess Bride, and pretty much anythin starring Leslie Nielsen. I am the oldest child of 9, and yes, it's crazy and we fight and yell at each other, like you'd expect in such a big family, but I love my siblings and my parents more than anything, even pizza. And I really love pizza. Go to the Grand Lux Cafe at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas for the best stinkin' pizza you've ever had in your life. I love performing as well, and I have been in some form since I was a little kid. I've been a percussionist for a little over 10 years now and I love to sing as well. I just love to make people happy, and particularly to make them laugh. I don't have a whole lot of gifts in life but I think my sense of humor may be my most important one. Can't go through life without laughter. I got back from a full-time mission to Leeds, England just over a year ago and I loved being there. I hope to get to serve another one with a pretty lady when the time comes as well.

Why I am a Mormon

I want to live the happiest life I can possibly have. Sometimes this is difficult for me because I have clinical depression and anxiety. I've recognized over the years that while Satan may provide temporary feelings of euphoria, the gospel of Jesus Christ provides real, lasting joy and happiness. My condition is a physical weakness, but the Savior spoke through the prophet Alma saying that "he will take upon him [our] infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy ... that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities". Christ knows how to help me with this bane in my life in ways that no mortal could understand. Because he went through exactly what I'm going through, He knows me and longs to help me. I've come to know that this is His Church and His people. I'm happy when I'm at Church and when I'm doing what He has asked through the scriptures and through living prophets. The idea of a living prophet and apostles is extremely comforting to me. Elder Jeffery R. Holland gave a talk recently on depression and the gospel, and hearing that gave me the most solid witness I'd ever had that the Lord knows the needs of His people in their day, and He communicates with his chosen prophets to give that word to us. Living with depression is never easy, but it's much better with Christ in the mix. It's more than just bearable; it's joyful. I know He loves me and everyone else out there suffering through their own trials. He has answers to your longing questions. The Book of Mormon is full of those answers. I testify that it is a true book that comes from God to help us in our day. My testimony of the Book of Mormon, living prophets and apostles, and Christ's Atonement have given me a hope in life that will never die out; a hope that my family and I will live with my Heavenly Father again through the gospel of His Son, Jesus Christ, and that until then, I can live my life as happy as God meant for it to be.

How I live my faith

Just try to be more like Christ every day. Someone who truly lives that kind of lifestyle literally glows with happiness. When a friend needs help, serve them. When someone is down, uplift them. When someone isn't acting or living the way they should be, teach and love them. Use kind words and don't hurt others. Develop faith in God and Jesus Christ, repent when you make mistakes, and keep the commandments. Try to learn every day how to become a better person, a better friend, a better parent or child, etc. Be humble and willing to change. Most of all, SHARE this gospel of happiness with as many people as possible through example and through physical invitation! I don't do any of these things perfectly, but this is how I strive to live my faith.

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

Alex Winder
We share four main lessons. The first is about the Restoration of Jesus Christ's original Church. It was lost for many years after His and the apostles' deaths, but was brought back to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith in the year 1830. The second is regarding what we call the Plan of Salvation, which answers where we came from before this life, why we are here now, and what will happen after this life. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the centre of this plan. The third lesson is about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and what that entails. In order to be cleansed from sin and live with God after this life, we must have faith in Christ, repent of all of our sins, be baptized by the restored priesthood authority, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end of our lives in righteousness. The fourth lesson is often taught as several different lessons because it covers the commandments that we are expected to live as members of the Church, such as the Word of Wisdom, the Law of Chastity, the Law of Tithing, and the Ten Commandments, to name a few. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Alex Winder
Tithing is an ancient, divine law. Even Abraham in the Old Testament practiced it. The real question should not be why we pay it but rather why the law of tithing ever ceased in some churches. There are two central reasons we pay tithing. The first is that it is a commandment of God and a great expression of our faith. I find a sense of financial security in paying tithing. While I was growing up, my dad was attending medical school. I remember many instances when he was working multiple jobs to support my mother and siblings, and many times where we struggled greatly with money and had to make several cutbacks, but I never remember I time when we were unable to be supported. We always had a home and groceries. My father and I both attribute this to my parents diligent, faithful obedience to the law of the tithe. The Lord promises through the prophet Malachi that if we pay our tithing faithfully, the Lord will open the windows of heaven and pour down so many blessings that there will not be room enough to receive them. I have seen this firsthand. The other reason we pay is that it supports the ongoing needs in the Church, such as building new temples and church meetinghouses and providing missionaries with free Book of Mormons to hand out. Tithing money is sacred and private, and a council made up of the First Presidency of the Church and the Presiding Bishopric decide how worldwide tithing funds will be used. Show more Show less