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Hi I'm Alex

I'm an Aerospace Engineer, a triathlete, a father of an autistic son, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love machines and espically aircraft, and since a young boy I wanted to design and build them. But becomming an engineer and succeeding in my career took lots of hard work and discipline. The values I learned as a Mormon made that easy. I learned how to study and how to be comfortable speaking in public. But more importantly, I learned that we need to set goals in life and then do the work now to acheive what we want in the future. That made the near term sacrific of school and study worth the payoff. That same discipline now helps me as a triathelte. I know that a race is comming up, and that it will happen regardless of my preparation. So I run, swim and bike to get trained and ready for race day. As a Boy Scout and as a Missionary I learned how to manage my time - skills that help fit traning into my hectic schedule that often includes international travel! Being Mormom also helped when we found out my son was Autistic. Not only did we have the support of a church family (some of whom could relate with the same expirence), but knowing that Heavenly Father had entrusted us with a beautiful boy, and that he was not a mistake or accident, but a gift. I love my son and will be forever thankful for the wonderful and unique expirence of raising him.

Why I am a Mormon

My family has been Mormon for several generations. Martin Harris, who helped Joseph Smith publish the Book of Mormon, is one of my Ancestors, and I'm proud to carry his name today. However it is not a faith that you inhereit - every Mormon has to be converted. My conversion took place over time, as I learned more about the world outside my faith. I began to realize that I was very lucky to have been born into a faith that teaches us so much, that answers all the hard questions so many people struggle with. But most importantly, it has equipped me to deal with the struggles in life. Things like death, divorce, personal tragedy - when these happened to me, I realized how this faith is the foundation of my life - and that it was a solid foundation!

How I live my faith

Being Christian means doing service - and being Mormon gives you lots of service opprotunities! I've been a Boy Scout Merit Badge Consoulor, a Choir Director, a Teacher to both youth and adults. I've canned food, cleaned kitchens, and helped people move. But the best expirences are the opprotunities to help by just listening and talking to someone in need. Weather it's helping a young man struggeling with drug addiction to cheering up someone who's unemployed and struggeling to suport his family, being Mormon has given me chances to help, and be helped, that I would never get otherwise.

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Alex
I look at my body as something the Lord has trusted me with, a special responsibility that is exclusively mine. So I want to take good care of it - I don't want to abuse it with drugs, mark it with tattoos, or neglect it with lack of exercise and unhealthy food. After all, I'll litteraly have to live with the consequences!! And then we also know that my body is the earthly home of my spirit. If I abuse my body, I'm also abusing my eternal spirit - and making it harder to go back home to our Heavely Father when the end of my earthly life comes. Show more Show less