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Hi I'm Alexander Gaspar Unguez

Life is a gift, why waste it? God enables us to do it all be it extreme backpacking or making a comic book. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in California but grew up in good old Washington state where my dad introduced me to the great outdoors, or at least he tried. It was rough at first. Neither of us knew our backpacks from our hiking boots and needless to say we were tired, covered in mosquito bites, and very, very tired. Fast forward a few years though and we have gone climbing mountains together, even Mt. Rainier. It's been scary at times like when we almost tumbled into a great chasm in the ice and it has been excilerating but it has also been one of the most spiritual experiences I have been able to enjoy with my father. My friends like to think of me as Life's Jack of All Trades. If you name it I've probably done it or seen it at one point. Climbed a mountain, done, taken martial arts, done, performed the National Anthem on Liberty Island, done and my favorite, written a comic book, doubly done. I believe that our Father in Heaven isn't some restrictive, overbearing father-figure. He is our living breathing Heavenly Father and he lives to see us grow and laugh and enjoy the life he has given us. Who am I to think any differently?

Why I am a Mormon

The reason I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is because I was born into it. The reason I stay is much more personal. My true conversion happened on December 25, 2008. I had just finished reading a passage in the bible when I felt impressed to turn to Moroni 10:4-5. It reads "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." Before I had felt the power of the Holy Ghost, but I had never received my own witness that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are the word of God. I got down on my knees and for the first time I asked with this question in my heart, really meaning the words that I was speaking for the first time. It wasn't immediate, but at 12:15AM, I felt all my doubts vanish, and a feeling much like a physical embrace literally wrapped around my shoulders. It was the best Christmas gift I have ever received. I know for myself now that the Book of Mormon and the Bible are true testaments of Christ. My parents aren't the ones making me go to church anymore, it is a decision I make all on my own.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by loving everyone I meet. Some people are hard to get along with, but because I have help from my Heavenly Father, I can love those people too. Living the faith is living a life of service, there is no greater feeling than selflessly helping someone else.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Alexander Gaspar Unguez
We don't worship Joseph Smith, we worship only God and Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith ,however, is important to our church as are all prophets from the time of Adam to today. The prophet is the man authorized by God to proclaim His will to His people. We respect the prophet's word as the word of God, but we do not worship any man. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Alexander Gaspar Unguez
First, the reason we call ourselves The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is because we were given the name through revelations which you can read in the Doctrine and Covenants 115:4. Now, as for why we are referred to as 'Mormons.' I believe the simplest answer is usually the most correct, so in that line of thought the reason we are known sometimes as the Mormon church is because we carry The Book of Mormon, a compilation of holy text from prophets of the ancient America's and a second testament of Christ, in addition to The Bible(The first testament of Christ). Although, another reason might be because The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can be a bit of a mouthful when you have to say it repeatedly. That is why when we speak of ourselves or in meetings we often refer to ourselves as simply ' the church.' Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Alexander Gaspar Unguez
When you hear a member of our church refer to their 'testimony,' they are speaking about the witness that they have about something of spiritual significance. It is basically the essence of your faith put into words that we sometimes share with each other and those who are close to us. For example, I have a testimony, or I have received a witness from the Holy Spirit, that the Lord Jesus Christ came to this earth out of his pure love for us, lived for lives, suffered for our sins, died for his love for us and lived again so that we can too. That is what a testimony is and I would encourage you to ask any friends you have (or the missionaries) for their testimony. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Alexander Gaspar Unguez
The purpose of life is to find happiness. Our Father in Heaven has a plan so that we can be happy all through eternity, forever and ever. This plan is the reason that we are here today, we are living out his plan for us this very instant. We are here to get a body, learn to choose for ourselves, become more like our Heavenly Father and make our families last forever. We are here to find eternal happiness. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Alexander Gaspar Unguez
Is it legal to drive without a license? When you have a license what you are really carrying in your pocket is a proof of purchase; basically an accepted document that proves that you are authorized by the government to operate a vehicle. In a similar way the authority to act in God's name requires a 'license.' We call the authority to do this the 'Priesthood' and all of the ordinances required for salvation such as baptism can only be done properly with the priesthood. This is why it is important to be baptized by someone who a) holds the priesthood and b) keeps the promises he made when he received the priesthood and is worthy to baptize you. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Alexander Gaspar Unguez
The purpose is to help those who need help. It allows people who are not in a situation where they have time or energy to do anything other than survive have the resources to be able to focus on caring for their families, becoming more familiar with the Lord, or becoming more productive in their lives. There is nothing to be ashamed about being in need. Some people ask why God would let his children suffer in poverty. God asks why you would not take the opportunity to serve your brothers and sisters who need you. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Alexander Gaspar Unguez
It is impossible to fully explain what the Atonement is because it is one of things that we will probably never really understand in this life. What we need to know about it is that it is the single most important act of love in our lives. When Christ atoned for our sins, he suffered for each of us individually and because of that he knows everything that we have gone through. Because of this it is now possible to return to Heaven and live with our Heavenly Father and Christ again. Without the Atonement there is no reason for living or hope for the future but the fact is that there is a reason for this life and there is hope for our futures. Christ has made it possible. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Alexander Gaspar Unguez
Being a member of this church has always made me different. When I was younger I didn't understand and honestly it scared me a little. Now I'm older, stronger and more importantly much more experienced. I realized that everyone is a little bit different and that in my life, this was the best kind of different. Because I am a Mormon I have hope for the future, I am guaranteed comfort when I need it and revelation when I am ready for it. I know that because of this I am destined for hardship in my life, a different kind than others will experience. But partially because of this, I have a much deeper understanding of who I am and what destiny has in store. You could say that being Mormon makes me whole. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Alexander Gaspar Unguez
Steps to knowing, for yourself, if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true: 1) Pray, pray, pray 2) Study the Book of Mormon and be truly open to receiving an answer 3) Listen for the Holy Spirit's response. Note that the Spirit of God cannot give you an answer if you do not let him. To let him, follow the commandments that you have learned in your studies to the best of your abilities and be ready to believe. 4) Receive an answer. If you have not received your answer then repeat steps 1-3. If you have received an answer repeat steps 1-3. This is the process to receive personal revelation and you can use it for any question that you have. Be aware that this will not work if you do not believe it is possible. For those of you familiar with the scientific method, you can not have a proper experiment if you do not properly record all of the variables applicable to the test. Your willingness to believe is a key variable in this experiment. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Alexander Gaspar Unguez
There is no getting around that homosexuality is considered a sin. That being said there is also no getting around that hate is a sin. God does not love you any less just because you sin differently than someone else. Because Christ sacrificed himself so that we can be redeemed of our sins we can all repent of our sins and once we let go of our sins and gain forgiveness, we are reborn as new people. If you are gay and love the Savior with all your heart, you are no different from your brother or sister who also love the Savior. The same laws and blessings apply to you, there is not anything different. We all sacrifice something to come closer to our Heavenly Father and we are all in need of repentance and we can all return to live with Him again. Show more Show less