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Hi I'm Alex

I like to play tennis and volleyball. I was choir president in my high school choir. And you guessed it, I am indeed Mormon.

About Me

I have always been kind of a shy guy. I am 20 years old, and have attended one year of college. It is hard for me to meet new people, and when I do I am pretty quiet. When I get to know one for a while though, I start to open up. People tell me I am a funny guy, maybe a little random at times, but I make for interesting conversation. I have always enjoyed technology and reading as well as learning in school. Maybe that is why I am a bit of a socially awkward person. One thing I really have a passinon for though is music. I have taken choir pretty much every year I have been in school. Music is really inspirational for me. I have the power that music can bring to a person. It has the power to change how you feel, whether it uplifts or degrades you. I have personally experienced the emotion it can bring to those that you would not expect to be able to feel anything. It is way cool.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints (Mormon church). However, just like most people, when I hit my teenage years, I began questioning the church. There was a period of time when I didn't feel connected with anything in the gospel. However, sometime in high school was when I first read the Book of Mormon. I am a pretty logical person, and I always kind of doubted the Book of Mormon. However after I finished it, I thought about what I had been taught about it. There is no question that Joseph Smith was a real person and that he obtained the Book of Mormon. The only two options are that he made it up, or else he was divinely inspired to translate the records he found. There have been multiple witnesses that the latter was the case, and in any case, how could a teenage farmboy with no education write a 531 page book about gospel doctrines when it is a challenge enough for some to even read it. Anyways, that was the event that reactivated me. The other event that changed me was when my brother went on a mission and then came back. As my family had always been living the gospel, I didn't really realize the difference it makes in your life. I was really close to my brother and when he went on a mission to Argentina to teach others about the gospel I was a bit sad. However, when he came back I could really tell that he had learned a lot and that he had really learned to care for other people than himself. Most of my life up to that point I feel like I only cared about myself, and I wanted to become like him.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving a mission for my church. Now, it should be noted that no one is required to serve a mission as some may believe. For example, my father did not serve a mission and he is perfectly ok. However, we, as the young people of the church, especially the men, have the responsibility to try to share the knowledge that we have been blessed with with other people. I want to share with everyone I meet this good news. As for before my mission, I lived my faith by trying to be the best person I could be. I try to help out wherever I could. In the young men's program of the church, we often had the privlege of being able to serve other people. Some of the service projects that I can remember are cleaning up public places like schools and playgrounds, and helping out elderly or widowed people. One particular service project that we would try to do anually was, since my neighbor's were potato farmers, delivering fifty pound bags of potatoes to the elderly and widowed and anyone else who needed the help in our community. Living the faith is just trying to help others and show love for all people.