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Hi I'm Alex

I grew up in Flint, Michigan. I live in Aurora, Colorado. I am a retired Air Force Chaplain. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have been married for 44 years. Thirty-two of those years were spent serving our country in the United States Air Force. The last twenty-four of those years I served as a chaplain representing the LDS Church. We raised our seven children while in the Air Force, moving on average every two to three years. We lived in Taiwan and in Germany, for eight years, as well as in several states. It was a wonderful blessing to be able to serve both our Church and our country in such a direct way. We now have twenty-eight grandchildren, with one on the way. One of the great joys of our life is to be able to spend time with them. As they are spread out around the country, we are greatful that we also enjoy traveling. I enjoy learning about my family history, riding my road bicycle, woodworking, working on our cabin in the mountains, reading books on history and religion, traveling, and working in our garden. My wife and I recently had the wonderful experience of living for six months in Western New York, near Palmyra, where we spent our days working in the Mormon Temple there. We met many wonderful people and learned a great deal about the history of our Church and its founder, Joseph Smith.

Why I am a Mormon

As I look back on my life, I am so thankful for a high school friend who introduced me to the church when I was sixteen. So many of the blessings I have enjoyed in my life are a result of the decision I made then to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is almost 50 years since my introduction and conversion to the restored gospel, although in some ways it seems like yesterday. My life was not unhappy. I had a good family, loving parents, and friends who I loved to hang out with. However, something was missing. I was, like Joseph Smith, concerned about my relationship with my Father in Heaven and searching for answers to the basic questions of life: who am I, where did I come from, and what is my eternal destiny. I attended several different churches in my community, but did not find what I was looking for. I am grateful that the Lord brought a new friend into my life, actually we met while running together on the high school track team. As our friendship grew, he invited me to church and then to meet with the missionaries. As I was taught the gospel by these two young men not much older than me, it was like the windows of heaven were opened. Questions and prayers were answered in such a clear and positive way that I knew without a doubt that I should join the church. My life since then has in many ways been pretty normal and yet gloriously different. I went to college, got married, worked at my profession, raised a wonderful family with my dear wife, served in the Church, served in my community, had many joyful experiences, and my share of sadness and disappointment. In all these things I give thanks for the testimony I have of Jesus Christ and his restored Church and gospel. In good times and bad I have felt his love and support, often through "angels" sent to me through the ministries of the Church. I know I am truly a child of God and through the blessings of the Temple will live with Him eternally with my family.

How I live my faith

To me living my faith means striving to reflect the light of the gospel and the love of Jesus Christ in all my activities and relationships. I love people and work hard to be a good neighbor. I volunteer in my community through serving as a teacher's assistant in a local school and participating in local food bank projects. I serve in my local congregation as a teacher for a group of more senior men in the Church. Our focus in this class is on strengthening our individual faith and commitent to Christian service and strengthening and nurturing the most important relationships of our lives, with our wives and families. I am also assigned to visit some families in our congregation on a regular basis to bring the message of the gospel into their homes and to insure that any family needs which could be provided for by the church are met. I have the wonderful blessing of working in our local Temple where I have the opportunity to use my knowledge of American Sign Language to make the ordinances of the Temple more understandable and accessible to deaf members. I believe the most important area of my life where living my faith is critical is in my relationship with my wife and family. In this regard I work hard to nurture my relationship first and foremost with my wife. Key to this I believe is working hard to be her best friend supporting her in her pursuit of her goals and needs. I love to take her out on "dates", go on trips, and just spend quiet time together. She and I work hard to be a part of the lives of our children and grandchildren. In doing this, we feel it is important to share with them our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and give them opportunity to see that faith in action. We have fun together, and we also study, pray and attend Church together whenever we visit them or they visit us. We love them and want them to feel that love and know that we want to be with them always and forever.

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Alex
We believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a restoration of the church which the Savior established during his mortal ministry. This is very important when one considers the experience of the man through whom the Church was restored, Joseph Smith. Joseph was a boy of 14, living near Palmyra, New York, in 1820. He was very much interested in joining a Church. He wanted to join the Church that most closely followed the teachings of the Savior. Deciding to put the matter to prayer, he went to a grove of trees near his father's farm and knealt in prayer. The response to his prayer was more than he could ever have imagined. Our Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ appeared to the young man, told him that the Church of Jesus Christ was not on the earth, having been taken from the earth due to apostasy, and that Joseph would be an instrument in the Lord's hands in restoring that Church. In the subsequent years Joseph received many revelations and angelic visitations culminating in the establishment of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the year 1830. Mormonism is a term used to describe the Church and it's teachings, and was first used by those outside the Church to describe its beliefs. The term is based on the fact that members of the Latter-day Saint faith believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. In present time the Church uses that term as a "shorthand" way of referring to the beliefs of the Church. Show more Show less