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Hi I'm Alexa

I grew up in Iowa. I love bike rides, thrift stores, and stories. I want to make the world a better place. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up with my mom and a few of my siblings beside the banks of the Missouri River. I was taught to work hard, laugh often, and never stop learning. From there I headed to Boise State and it was during my third year at the university that I seriously considered serving a mission. I had always wanted to serve, but I questioned timing and the Lord's plan for me. While struggling with the decision I had the opportunity to serve in Belize and learn more about the culture there. At a time were I was so confused about my future, I felt at peace. In Belize I had a purpose everyday. I got to listen, serve, and grow. So I headed back to Iowa to purposefully prepare and now I'm serving my 18 month mission right where the Lord wants me to be.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom was a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but she slowly became inactive as I started growing up. I had been to church a few times during my childhood, but never consistent enough to feel like I belonged. As a teenager I was confident that I could do religion on my own. I didn't need a church, I just needed God. So I started reading the scriptures.... and nothing made sense. What does Messiah mean and how do you pronounce Nephi or Mehujael? So I stopped reading and stopped searching. Which is too bad, because I was also an angry and confused kid, yearning for guidance and direction. When I was almost 15 I was invited to Girls Camp for the second year in a row. Sponsored by The Church, camp was a 4-5 day outing at a secluded camp grounds during the summer. The air was humid, the nights were frigid, and the mosquitos were thirsty. I loved every minute of it. Activities such as first-aid and orienteering where intertwined with tales of Ester, Christ, and other scripture stories. My faith in Jesus Christ grew simultaneously with my love and appreciation of nature. During the last night of camp we would hold a testimony meeting. During that time anyone could stand and express their faith or how they noticed God's influence in their life. Testimony meetings are powerful and even though it was so cold outside, I felt this warmth in my heart and there were many moments were tears came to my eyes. One girl shared, "because of this I'm going to start going back to church". That surprised me because I thought everyone there was active members. I couldn't make a life commitment like that, but I could start going to church and see where I would be in a year. That summer I started going to church and I've rarely missed a Sunday since. I had discovered my worth and my potential. I was the daughter of a loving Heavenly Father who wanted nothing more than my happiness in this life and to return to him in the life to come.

How I live my faith

"Thoughts turn into words. Words turn into action. Action turns into habit. Habit turns into character;" I'm not sure who made that statement, but I know it is true. All strong construction begins with a firm foundation. As I have watched my thoughts and my words, my actions have brought me closer to my Savior and my Heavenly Father. I try my best to live God's first and great commandments which tell us to love God, ourselves, and our neighbors. I absolutely make mistakes everyday, but I know I'm closer to the Spirit when I recognize those mistakes quicker and I try again.