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Hi I'm Alex

I am a missionary. I grew up in North Idaho. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been raised in Moscow, Idaho for almost all of my life. I am currently serving a mission in the Louisiana Baton Rouge mission. I'm loving the land, the people, the cuisine, the culture. It's all so awesome, I can hardly want to go home! Outside of the mission, I'm an airsofter, where I go out; rain, snow, sleet, or shine, at least once a month. I helped found Palouse Airsoft, a regional airsofting society that promotes Honor, Integrity, and Excellence. It's always fun to go bombing around in the woods, sneaking through the tall grass of the Palouse, or defending objectives from the 'Other' team. I love to try new things; I'm always that guy who sees something weird to eat and wants to sample it to say "I ate that". New hobbies and skills are included; I'll try almost anything.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this faith of Jesus Christ, and was raised a Latter-Day Saint. I believed in the traditions of my fathers, but that doesn't necessarily mean that I was converted to them. I realized that, in order to be truly happy, I had to start acting like I wanted to be happy. So I did. I changed my life around, and found the happiness I wanted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ I now know that the Gospel that this Church teaches is Jesus Christ's; I know that because the Holy Ghost testifies to the truthfulness of all things. I know that the doctrine that this Church teaches, which I now teach, brings an immense amount of relief and peace to anyone who desires to have that peace and relief. It changes lives for the better! It makes the small things in life so much better, and makes the great things in life powerful. I am a Mormon because our doctrine teaches us to pursue all truth, regardless of a philosophy or creed. We are challenged to follow the admonition of Paul found in Philippians 4:8, which reads, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." We are then to take these things to God, and ask for his guidance and wisdom on it. I find greater personal peace and comfort as I do so, and a more intimate connection with the Almighty.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving a proselyting mission for the church in River Ridge, New Orleans, Louisiana. My duty is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored Gospel through Faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I have taken upon myself his name, meaning I am to be even as he would be. I'm not perfect, and my flaws are pretty evident to those around me, I think. Yet I am striving to do as Christ admonished us, to "Be... perfect, even as [our] Father in Heaven is perfect." I find it a joy to strive for the better choice. I find greater peace and satisfaction in my life when I do so. I strive to seek out the truth, because the truth makes us free. I want to be a free man; free from sin, free from unhappiness, free to lead a life that God wants me to lead. It is my sincere desire to help others experience the wonderful things that I've felt in my own life.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Alex
Some people call our religion, our system of beliefs a 'cult', a shady, dark organization that doesn't reveal all it's dealings to the world. Cult isn't a correct word to use, and is typically used by those who don't fully understand what we believe to be true. Many common beliefs that are widespread in pop "cult"ure (quotations added...), such as the misconception that Mormons are polygamist, are falsely spread around due to sensationalistic nature of gossip and the fact that our church has many opponents who seek to discredit our faith. Once people begin to understand why and what exactly we believe, those misconceptions typically melt away. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Alex
Discovering the truth for yourself is a pretty intimate process that involves humbling ourselves to our Father in Heaven in prayer. It's a process that everyone must eventually come to. We are promised, in the Epistle of James, that "if any man lack[s] wisdom, let [that] man ask of God." Solomon asked God for wisdom, and was given it. So we must likewise must do so, so that we can know what we must do. Then we show our faith in God, and show that we believe he can answer our prayers, by actively pursuing an answer, and allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us to that answer. We may know that the Spirit is telling us what is true, for the spirit enlightens, ennobles, lifts, inspires, blesses, softens, builds us to higher and more nobler spheres of thought. Following God's commandments shows our trust in Him, that we believe He will bless us more effulgently and more abundantly. If we obey His guidelines, we will become less attached to the things of this world, and more attached to the things of His. We become more in tune with His will. We find more powerful connection to Deity. Show more Show less