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Hi I'm Alex

I ran a Star Trek starship simulator while I was in high school. I make movies. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love computers and have studied programming and web design. I also love to act and perform. I play the trombone and have performed in a lot of onstage plays. I love spending time with my family, especially my nieces and nephews. They make me want to be a father someday. I am currently enrolled in a university, and will be studying Information Systems. I also have helped to design, program, and construct futuristic starship simulators for teaching STEM skills to Elementary and Secondary school students. I served a mission in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, serving the Lord by teaching his children about the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, but have always asked many questions about it. My parents, through faith and diligence have not only shared with me their testimonies and taught me correct principles, but have also taught me to learn things for myself and to gain my own testimony. As I have studied the Book of Mormon, learned from living prophets, and received my own personal revelation, I have gained a testimony for myself of the truthfulness of the Gospel. I know that the purpose of the Gospel is to bring joy: "Adam fell that men might be; and men are that they might have joy." This is something which I have always desired in my life, and now that I have obtained it for myself, I wish to share that with others. I know that if others are able to receive this Gospel the way I have: by studying it, learning about it, and praying about it, they too can receive a witness from the Holy Ghost that the Gospel is true; that this Church is the restored Church of Jesus Christ; that by following the doctrine and principles of this Church and this Gospel, everyone can receive the enduring joy which they seek.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite ways to live the Gospel is by sharing it, both with people who are not of my faith and members of my own church. By assignment, I have the wonderful opportunity to visit with members of my church and minister unto them. I offer them service when they need it, give them blessings through the Priesthood which I hold, and bring the Spirit into their home by sharing messages of the Gospel with them.

What is being a Mormon like?

Alex
Being a Mormon is probably the most awesome thing ever. Seriously. Because of my faith, I have less stress, less anxiety, less worry, more faith, more knowledge, more questions answered. I have opportunities to serve, I have excellent standards, and I have incredible blessings promised to me. Some criticize Mormons for not being exciting, for not 'living the good life', for not taking part in the activities which other people do. I can say that because I abstain from those things that our prophets and apostles have warned us about, I really do live the good life. I surround myself with people who also uphold the standards which I follow, and we still have a great time, even without alcohol, drugs, or immorality. By following the prophet and keeping the commandments of God, I keep myself safe, free, and healthy. The greatest strength that I have is the knowledge that I have a loving Heavenly Father who truly does know me and care about me. I can pray to him any time, any where, for anything, and I know that he will answer those prayers. That is one of the greatest blessings that I have. My continued faith and membership in this church is something I look forward to. I know that the Lord has even greater blessings for me as I continue to serve him faithfully - blessings not only for this life, but for the life to come as well. Seriously, who wouldn't want to be a Mormon? Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Alex
Alma 29:8 in the Book of Mormon says "For behold, the Lord doth grant unto all nations, of their own nation and tongue, to teach his word, yea, in wisdom, all that he seeth fit that they should have." Through all times and in all ages, the Gospel has been preached in its fullness. However, often the truths of the gospel are lost and distorted when the people choose to reject the Lord's authorized servants, the prophets. Sometimes, widespread rejection of the truths of the gospel lead to a destruction of records of the plain and precious truths which constitute it. This happened during the time of the exile of the Jews, when their records of the Law of Moses were destroyed and lost for the most part, and the people turned to idolatry and false worship. Fortunately for them, the Book of the Law was recovered by the righteous king Josiah and the people were turned again to the worship of the true God. (2 Kgs. 22–23) Many truths taught by the prophets, the apostles, and Jesus Christ himself were altered, changed, or removed entirely from the Bible before it's compilation into one volume, and subsequent editions and versions have made additional changes. For this cause, just like the Book of the Law was preserved, the Book of Mormon and ancient scriptural documents were hidden up to be preserved for our time so we may know the truths which Christ taught. Revelation and inspiration are certainly required to know of the truth of these things, but God will reveal the truth of all. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Alex
The most prominent blessing from reading the scriptures is this: Salvation. Joshua was taught: "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success." (Joshua 1:8) Jesus himself said: "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." (John 5:39) Mormon taught: "Yea, we see that whosoever will may lay hold upon the word of God, which is quick and powerful, which shall divide asunder all the cunning and the snares and the wiles of the devil, and lead the man of Christ in a strait and narrow course across that everlasting gulf of misery which is prepared to engulf the wicked— "And land their souls, yea, their immortal souls, at the right hand of God in the kingdom of heaven." (Helaman 3:29-30) And, through Joseph Smith, the Prophet, Jesus Christ once again spake: "Search these commandments, for they are true and faithful, and the prophecies and promises which are in them shall all be fulfilled. "What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same." (Doctrine & Covenants 1) Sounds like the scriptures are pretty important. Show more Show less