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Hi I'm Stefan Alexander

I'm a golfer. I'm a chef. I'm a car fanatic. I'm a Mormon. Oh yeah, and I work some too.

About Me

I grew up in Boston and now live with my wife and puppy in Seattle. Growing up, I spent a lot of time working with my grandpa and dad on cars and still have a love for cars, especially fast ones. My mom is originally from Germany and I spent a year in high school in a small German village, as well as two years in Austria and Bavaria serving a mission for the Church. I currently work in the customs brokerage department for a global logistics company. In my free time, I love to golf, water ski, and snow board. I also have a passion for cooking and you'll often find me and my wife trying new recipes in the kitchen. My personal favorite meal is an old childhood standby: buffalo wings!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up going to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My parents are active, dedicated members of the church. My dad's philosophy was that he'd make me go to church and eventually I'd understand the benefits of being a religious church goer. He was right. As a teenager I didn't really like going to church, but I was going. Just a few months before I was leaving home to go to college I decided that it might be prudent to figure out for myself if I would continue to go to church or not. It was in those few months that I received an undeniable witness from the Holy Ghost. I then knew that the prophet Joseph Smith (restorer of the full gospel of Christ in our time), was truly a prophet. He did see God the Father and his son Jesus Christ. He did translate scripture to what we now know as The Book of Mormon. And the authority of God (his priesthood) was restored to Joseph Smith. When it comes down to it, the validity of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints rests on the validity of Joseph Smith. I know that his mission on earth was to restore the true gospel of Christ. And I know that he did that and organized the Mormon church. I know that we do posses the authority to act in the name of God. And I do know that we currently have prophets and apostles to guide us in these days. With a knowledge of these things, conveyed to me by the Holy Ghost, I must continue on the path of righteousness and do my duty to God by obeying his commandments.

How I live my faith

There's two scriptures that have directed the way I live my faith and my life. Matthew 7:12 "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them." Matthew 25:40 "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Every day of my life I try to find some way I can serve. It my be service to my wife, a co-worker, a neighbor, a friend, or even a stranger. Ultimately our goal is to become more Christ-like and this is one area I think we are all able to achieve. As an individual we are able to help a few others, but as a unified group we are able to help make significant changes in our communities and beyond. Service does not need to be a coordinated project involving scores of people, but can simply be a thoughtful plate of cookies, inviting someone to dinner, taking care of a neighbors child for an afternoon, or walking someone's dog. Through service we are able to forget about ourselves and what we may want and think of others. Participating in service will almost always give you an attitude of gratitude for what you already have. This is good because we should be focusing our thoughts and efforts on strengthening and enjoying our families and not seeking after worldly possessions. I'm grateful for the teachings of Christ and the life lessons we can learn from studying and applying those teachings. I pray that others will also seek to understand Him more fully and come to realize the eternal joy of following in His footsteps.