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Hi I'm Bill Alex

I grew up in Kentucky just East of where the bluegrass meets the mountains. I am a grandpa to 16 grandchildren I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Eastern Kentucky and attended first grade through high school in the same building. My graduating class had 32 members. During much of that period of my life basketball was my love. I was the oldest in my family and the only son with 5 sisters. I met my sweetheart in college in 1966 and we have been married ever since. We worked our way through school together thousands of miles from either of our families and for the first few years all we owned fit in our little '61 Pontiac Tempest. I worked at IBM for 25 years after which I spent 13 years with an outsourcing company and retired as a Regional Vice President servicing IBM in the Southeast. We have 3 children and 16 grandchildren. I love the Appalachian Mountains and enjoy hiking and serving in my church and community and being with children and grandchildren. I enjoy helping people. I love the beauties of nature and have enjoyed seeing much of that throughout America, I believe I was blessed to grow up in the greatest country on the earth at one of the best times the earth has ever known. I am grateful for those who have sacrificed that I may enjoy the freedoms I have and for those from all countries who protect freedom around the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I love learning, especially about the eternal verities of life. I have discovered that the truths found in the gospel of Jesus Christ have answered for me life's greatest questions and that is immensely satisfying. A law evident in nature is that like begets like and the scriptures teach me that God is my Heavenly Father. To learn that I am created in His image and that he desires that I follow the example of His only begotten Son in the flesh, and that if I do He promises me blessings that "eye hath not seen, nor ear heard" is exhilarating to me. When I learn that as God said to ancient prophets he knew me before I was born it is a very humbling thing yet something that is inspiring and uplifting and sustains my innate feeling that I have a destiny. All these things build my faith and give excitement and hope to my life here on earth. The concept that families can be together forever and that there is a place on earth where a marriage can be performed that will be valid throughout the eternities is just icing on an already incredible cake.

How I live my faith

First, I try to follow the example of Jesus Christ, he is my great exemplar. That requires being obedient to God's commandments. Jesus taught the two most important commandments were to love God, and to love our fellowman. Jesus showed his love for us by what He did for us. I try to show my love for Him by serving those in my family, in my church, in my community, and in being uplifting and nice to all around me to the best of my ability. By helping others I am strengthened and lifted and learn to love those I serve. I enjoy hiking and traveling and seeing the beauty of God's creations which I believe are a manifestation of His love for us. These experiences fill my heart with gratitude and I believe this sincere gratitude is one of the anchors of my faith..

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Bill Alex
The answer is YES! And the Bible teaches it! God told Jeremiah "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee", John said we are " the sons of God" and Paul declared on Marrs Hill that "we are the offspring of God". So He knew us before we were born and we are His children. Bible prophets taught of an eternal family relationship. The spirits within us that give our bodies life are all spirit children of God, making all on this earth spiritual brothers and sisters. It was God himself in the Garden of Eden who joined Adam and Eve in a husband wife relationship and it was before they partook of the fruit and before death entered into the world so they were married forever and the Bible says "whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever". Jesus gave his chief Apostles the power that "whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven" and his chief Apostle Peter said in giving counsel to husbands and wives that they would be "heirs together of the grace of life". All these Bible teachings indicate family relationships are eternal. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Bill Alex
I guess I would answer this way. Let us suppose you were hiking and found a spring that when you drank from it you were healed of any aches and pains and given strength physically and emotionally. You discovered that the spring was always there, no matter how many drank from it it never stopped running. Would you not want to share that with everyone you cared about and with anyone who desired to partake of it's healing influence? It is a genuine feeling that there is such an eternal spring that motivates members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to share what they have found. Show more Show less