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Hi I'm Alex Safsten

I'm a Scientist. I'm an Outdoorsman. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm fascinated by our universe. I love learning everthing I can about how it works and how it shapes our lives. I'm studying to become a phyicist, though I have put my formal education on hold so I can serve a two-year mission. Though I enjoy learning about physics and math, the things I am learning now on my mission are just as exciting and a lot more valuable. I'm also an actor, an outdoorsman, a reader, and a friend. I find a lot of joy in teaching others and making them laugh. Because of this, I want to teach physics as a career. I hope to bring the same hapiness that I feel when I learn something new to others.

Why I am a Mormon

As a scientist, I realize the importance of maintaining an open mind in order to explore, understand, and embrace new ideas. I have found this characteristic very helpful in order to accomplish things that I would have otherwise thought impossible. With my open mind, I have found a place to accept and embrace the existance of God, my Heavenly Father, and His son, Jesus Christ. I have experimented by prayer and faith and discovered their love for me and concluded that to obtain happiness in this life and the next, I must do as they ask. I was raised a Mormon, but did not fully understand what that meant or why it mattered until I was a teeneager. I wanted to believe in something, but I didn't particularly know how I could develop a firm belief, neither had I mustered the motivation requisite to do much about it. It was then that I listened to the council of the prophet, Gorden B. Hinkley, who challenged every member of the church to read the Book of Mormon. I read it, and my parents and church leaders advised me to pray as I did so. I recalled a promise recorded at the conclusion of the Book of Mormon: "And when ye shall recieve these things, I would exhort you that ye should ask God, the Eternal Father, if these things are not true, and if ye shall ask ... the truth of it shall be manifest unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost." I was determined to read the Book of Mormon, and pray, expecting a fantastic vision or revelation of its truth. It didn't happen the way I expected. There was no vision, just an outpouring of the spirit each time I read or prayed witnessing to me that the book was true. To this day, I cannot deny what I felt. (especially because I still feel it every time I read or pray!) This is how I developed my testimony of the Book of Mormon, and my susequent testimony of its translator Joseph Smith and the other modern Prophets. I love each of them, and I love the church that Christ had restored to the Earth through them.

How I live my faith

Christ said, "If you love me, keep my commandments." I show my love for Christ by striving to keep his commandments. It's not always easy to live the way that Christ did, but by relying on him, life becomes a lot easier. I have found a lot of happiness in living and loving the way that Christ did, and I want to bring others that happiness. That is why I have decided to serve a mission. The Lord called me to preach the Gospel in Mesa, Arizona, and I have thouroughly enjoed doing so. A few years ago, it was hard to imagine putting off education, life, and goals in order to serve the Lord, but since I made it my goal to do so, I couldn't imagine doing anything else.