Hi I'm Alex
I have autism. Yet I am a college student, and I'm aspiring to be a novelist and seminary teacher. I love movies. I'm a Mormon.
I was born in 1993, currently making me 19. My parents are happily marrried. I have 3 siblings, 2 siblings-in-law, an adorable baby niece, and a 14-year-old miniature poodle. When I was 2, my parents noticed that I was having difficulty developing speech. I didn't like strangers, and I wanted to stick with a daily routine. Concerned, they took me to a doctor, and I was diagnosed with autism. Fortunately, in the coming years, it turned out to be a high functioning form of the disorder. I had OCD problems in junior high, and to this day I struggle with high anxiety. But overall, people don't usually notice that I have a disorder. Nevertheless, autism has made me picky about foods and not eager to ride rollercoasters. I'm grateful that the Lord has blessed me with autism, because it has taught me so much and given me some advantages. I graduated from Northridge High School with high honors. Now I am a student at LDS Business College. In my spare time, I love to watch movies. My favorites include Lord of the Rings, Bourne, Inception, Sherlock Holmes, Lion King, and How to Train Your Dragon. I just get so excited when it comes to an epic story. I also enjoy reading the Harry Potter books. My ultimate career goal is to be a novelist, screenwriter, and seminary teacher. I want to create stories like those in the movies. And I like teaching things to other people.
Why I am a Mormon
I was born into an LDS family. In fact, I have ancestors among the Mormon pioneers. Anyway, I have been brought up in a loving home. There are pictures of the Savior or the temple everywhere. My parents have never had an argument, and I thank Mormonism for that. I love my parents and my siblings. The happiest memories of my life are at church activities or family time. I am not a Mormon because my parents brought me up to be one. If my parents were to suddenly leave the Church, I would still stick to it. I'm a Mormon because I love it. I feel such welcome and love from my peers at church activities. I find the stories of the Bible, Book of Mormon, and modern church history so fascinating. And it thrills me when I learn how to better explain gospel concepts. I am convinced that God is a living Person, that Jesus Christ is His only Son in the flesh, and that we are all God's spirit children. I am certain that Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, Thomas s. Monson, and other great men are modern prophets of God. They are men of intelligence and integrity. I am not convinced that Mormonism is true simply because I was brought up to believe it or I have found evidence. I am certain that the LDS Church is truly Jesus Christ's church because I have felt the Holy Ghost, or Spirit of God, confirm it. Like with Elijah, the Holy Ghost speaks to us with quiet feelings of peace and happiness. There's really no way I can truly describe what the Spirit's influence is like. But I feel the Spirit when I go to Church meetings or study the gospel. I love obeying God's commandments. He is trying to help us build character and integrity. I rejoice in the knowledge that families can be together forever, even after death. I have been in LDS temples, which are the Houses of the Lord, and I've felt His presence through the Holy Ghost. I love the knowledge that there is a purpose to our lives on earth, and there's an afterlife. The Gospel is about happiness.
How I live my faith
Every day, I try to take time aside to say a prayer to my Heavenly Father. I feel His spirit when I pray, and it keeps me spiritually healthy. It feels good to just tell your loving Father what's on your mind, and to feel His response. Mormonism drives me to be a good person. I try to avoid conflict with others. And I like to help people out where I can. I love my family a great deal. And I rejoice in virtue and chastity. It is awesome to enter God's temple and feel clean and pure. I look forward to one day having a loving courtship and being sealed to my future wife "for time and all eternity." I delight in having a modest appearance. This means that I'm clean-cut, I don't wear piercings or tatoos, and my clothing isn't extreme. The Book of Mormon encourages us to be "neat and comely." In addition, my family doesn't smoke or drink alcohol, saving us money and grief.