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Hi I'm Alex

I grew up in Utah. I enjoy playing instruments and shooting. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a band geek. Through high school, I played the trombone and baritone in marching band; the trombone, bass trombone, and tuba/sousaphone in jazz band; and the trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, and tuba in other concert/sit down bands. I love playing jazz music, as well as listening to the classic jazz artists like Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, etc. I am currently serving a 2 year mission for our Savior. After my mission, I hope to enlist in the Navy for a few years, then come back to Utah and work as a state trooper and in the National Guard. My hobbies include playing my trombone, listening to music, and airsoft with my friends. By airsoft, I mean more of the expensive professional guns, not the cheaper kind that you can get at most any local retailers. My arsenal consisted of a AWP L96 and a G&G FN F2000, both of which were amazing. My friends and I play up in the mountains above my home. I'll listen to most any kind of music except rap and opera. When I'm driving or exercising, I usually listen to some repetetive or driving music, such as Daft Punk. I also enjoy playing The Sims 3 on my computer, as well as FPS games, prefferably on the computer, but I won't turn them down if they are on my family's Nintendo Wii. I used to work at a theater, and as such, I love watching movies. My family has a collection of over 200 DVD movies, and I think I have seen them all. None of them are rated R. I have also studied various world religions.

Why I am a Mormon

I was originally born in this church, but I didn't have the strongest testimony. Quite often, I relied on my parents' testimony, or the testimony of others. Then, in 9th grade, I started attending Seminary, and what little testimony I had grew! I started recognizing the Lord's hand in my life, and how He has blessed me. I am a Mormon because I have been blessed, and I want to show gratitude to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and I want to be saved. I want to live with Heavenly Father again. I have seen how it has changed others, taken them from a smoker/drinker to a leader, and I want to change my life. There have been things that I have done that I am not proud of, but I know that through Jesus Christ's atonement, I can become clean once more, and that I do not have to carry those burdens of sin with me for the rest of my life.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith one day at a time. If I tried to live everything we are taught, and then thought about living it, not just believing it, 24/7, I would probably lose my mind! There is a lot to do to be examples of the word, and not believers only. So, I just have to take it one day at a time. Its kind of like eating an elephant. If you look at the whole thing, the first thought that will pop into anyone's mind is probably going to be something like "Holy crap! There's no way I can do this!" Whereas, the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. Right now, I am serving the Lord by giving Him 2 years of my life to serve a mission.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Alex
Of course not. As members, we need to take care of our brothers and sisters. Every single person on this planet, living or dead, is a brother or sister. We have to take care of our family. After a hurricane, I remember hearing a story about a preacher that told a newspaper, "It seems like there are only two churches down here (in the South) that are doing anything, and they are LDS and the Mormons." Service is a big thing for us. Missionaries go out and serve for two years of their life, and actually pay to do it! Various groups in the church, such as youth groups, regularly do service projects for people in their area. Where I come from, there is usually a lot of snow and elderly people. So, the Bishop of the ward organized a program where every morning that it snowed, those that were young and able would go out and shovel the driveways of those in our area that weren't as young and able. It was an awesome experience to do that. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Alex
Imagine that you are driving down the highway. You are going 75 MPH, even though the speed limit is really 55 MPH. Suddenly, behind you, the icecream man pulls in behind you, flashing his lights and playing that annoying song. Wondering what he wants, you pull over the the side of the road. He gets out, approaches your door, and says, "I saw you were going 20 miles per hour over the speed limit. I am writing you a speeding ticket." What would you do? Most people would probably tell him "Yeah right" or something along those lines. No one would take him seriously, because he does not have the proper authority. Now, same situation as above, but instead of the ice cream man, you see a state trooper or other police vehicle. What would your reaction be when he says the same thing? Probably, if you are a law abiding citizen, you would say "Yessir." Everyone would take him seriously, because he has the proper authority. Its kind of the same with having the proper Priesthood authority from God to perform a baptism in his name. Without that authority, all that you are doing is sprinkling them with a bit of water or dunking them under the water. It would do nothing. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Alex
We encourage everyone to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. Now, why specifically the Book of Mormon? Because it is and essential part of our message, and our message is either 100% true or 100% false. Another way to know if this is the true church is by studying it out in your mind, then asking God, our eternal Father, if it is true through prayer. This is one of the many ways that I came to know of its truthfulness. I read, pondered, and prayed about the church, and what happened? Did angels, heavenly messengers, or Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ come down and minister to me, as did Joseph Smith? No. Those occurences are far and few between, and are usually very sacred to the individual. So, how did I know? I felt an overwhelming feeling of peace, hope, comfort, and joy beyond all measure. Joseph Smith even had to pray about which church taught the correct principles. In the midst of the religious turmoil that existed during the 1820's in the Eastern United States, Joseph wondered which of the religions were correct. While he was reading in the family bible one day, he came across James 1:5, which reads, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upraideth not, it shall be given him." That is really the surefire way to know if this is true, is to pray with sincere desire and real intent for the wisdom to know of the truthfulness after we have mulled it over in our minds. Show more Show less