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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.

About Me

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.

Are Mormons Christians?

Alex
Mormons are indeed Christians. The official name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We worship Jesus Christ. He is the literal Son of God. He is the King of Kings and Prince of Peace. Joseph Smith continually testified that Jesus Christ is real. And the Book of Mormon's main purpose is to bring people to Christ. We believe in the Bible. We hold worship services on Sundays, sing Christian hymns, and partake of communion. We celebrate Christmas and Easter. Every day, we strive to have Christian charity for all. Indeed, the church has incredible humanitarian programs worldwide. Mormons don't hold to certain Christian traditions that appeared in the Dark Ages and the Renaissance. We don't use the cross as our symbol because we choose to place more emphasis on the Resurrected Christ. We don't believe in the Trinity doctrine--we believe that God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three separate beings who are united as a team (John 6:38; 8:17-18). Basically, Mormonism is the restoration of New Testament Christianity. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Alex
The prophet on the earth today is Thomas S. Monson. He and his two apostolic counselors make up the "First Presidency," like Peter, James, and John of old. They preside over a group of 12 apostles. I have many times watched President Monson speak at the pulpit. He is such a loving man with so much integrity! And I have felt the Holy Ghost confirm to me that he is a prophet who has been authorized and empowered by God. By favorite of the 12 apostles is Jeffrey R. Holland. He just so boldly testifies of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Alex
Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and others are prophets and seers--nothing more, nothing less. We hold Joseph Smith in the same reverence that the ancient Jews held Moses in. We worship God and Jesus Christ, and no one else. Joseph Smith's life was dedicated to testifying of Christ. A modern apostle named D. Todd Christofferson stated that Jesus Christ has no greater friend or witness than Joseph Smith. After Joseph gave his life to defend the restored truth, the apostle John Taylor wrote that his "innocent blood...is a broad seal affixed to 'Mormonism'...[and] is an ambassador for the religion of Jesus Christ, that will touch the hearts of honest men among all nations" (D&C 135:7). Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Alex
We believe in scriptures that have come through modern prophets--Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, and General Conference addresses. But we still believe in the King James Version of the Holy Bible. The Bible goes hand-in-hand with our modern scriptures in testifying of Jesus Christ. It's only in the Bible we find an account of Noah's flood, the House of Israel's history, the prophecies of Jeremiah and others, an account of Christ's mortal ministry, and a history of the New Testament Church. We believe the Bible to be the word of God, but it isn't the only one. More scriptures have come forth to support it. In the Book of Mormon, God basically asks the Christian world, "Why murmur ye because ye receive more of my word?" Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Alex
I think a "cult" is a religious group that is unhealthily extreme in certain ways, and believes in violent or satanic doctrines or rituals. We Mormons are not extremists. To the contrary, we believe in having a "moderation in all things." We live normal lifestyles, although we avoid certain harmful practices like alcohol and R.rated movies. The only things we're extreme in is our faith in Jesus Christ and love for others. We believe in doing all we can to avoid violence. We know that Satan is a real enemy who's out there, promoting everything that God has forbidden. We strive to avoid Satan and stick to the counsel of modern prophets. Our ceremonies and rituals include baptism and "sealing" families forever. Only a hateful, ignorant person would call all this a "cult." In New Testament times, the Pharisees saw the Christians as a cult started by a charlatan, a cult that they thought was perverting God's religion and was a menace to society. Of course, we know the Pharisees were very much wrong. The Christians were God's peace-loving covenant people, followers of Jesus Christ. To parallel to our time in the last days, some people think we Mormons are a cult started by a charlatan, a cult that they think is perverting God's religion and is a menace to society. But just like the Pharisees, these people are very much wrong. We're a peace-loving people who follow Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Alex
"Mormon" was originally the name of a region in the ancient Americas. 200 people were baptized in "the waters of Mormon." Apparently, the land was either named after an explorer, or "Mormon" became a common name among the Nephites. Either way, in the 4th century A.D., there was a great prophet-historian named Mormon. It was he who compiled a a brief record of his people, written upon metal plates. Mormon's son finished the record and buried it in the earth. In the late 1820s, the Prophet Joseph Smithfound the record and, by the gift and power of God, translated it into English and got it published. That record is called the Book of Mormon, named after the historian who compiled it. Because Latter-day Saints believe in the Book of Mormon as well as the Bible, we have been nicknamed "Mormons." It is a nickname, nothing more. We don't mind that nickname, but we prefer to go by Latter-day Saints and our Church's official name when we can. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Alex
I was born into an LDS family and have been a Mormon my whole life. Latter-day Saints are normal, yet upstanding, people. Basically, Mormon culture exemplifies all the positive attributes of the culture that the Latter-day Saint lives in. I'm an American, so I walk and talk like an American. I like to wear a pair of jeans and a decent shirt. I enjoy using the computer and watching action movies on the Blu-ray player. I work as the mailman at my college. I enjoy reading novels like Harry Potter. I love root beer and grape juice. My parents and siblings love country music. My mom's crazy about the Utah Jazz. There are common pracices we Mormons avoid. We don't smoke, or drink alcohol, coffee, or tea. We don't speak profanity, tell off-color jokes, and watch dirty and R-rated movies. We don't participate in sex outside of marriage. We strive to be honest and caring to others. Mormonism drives me to be a good person, a man of virtue and integrity. I try to avoid conflict with others. And I like to help people out where I can. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Alex
It is indeed by Jesus Christ's grace that we're saved. His loving Atonement is what redeems us from past sins, heals us form emotional and spiritual wounds, and enables to return to God's celestial kingdom in the next life. However, this life is all about growth and devlopment. We need to do our part in order for Christ's Atonement to work in our lives. "Faith without works is dead" (James 2:26). Christ's grace isn't immediately opened to us; we must first knock (Matthew 7:7). The Savior is knocking on the door, asking us to let Him into our lives. But we must be the ones to open the door (Revelation 3:20). Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Alex
God's church, from Adam's time down to John the Beloved's, was always led by prophets and apostles. The Lord will do nothing until He reveals His "secret unto his servants, the prophets" (Amos 3:7). The purpose of a prophet is to receive revelations from God to guide His people. An apostle stands as a personal witness of Jesus Christ's divinity as the Son of God. When the New Testament apostles were killed off, we believe the Christians quickly fell into apostasy without their guidance (2 Thes. 2:3). I'd rather live in a world where we're guided by apostles than one where we have to rely on man's guesswork. An apostle is the servant of Christ, authorized and empowered through "the laying on of hands" (Num. 27:23; Deut. 34:9; Mark 16:18; 1 Tim. 4:14). God loves all His children, and He hasn't lost the ability to speak to us. Just several decades after the American Constitution was signed, He restored the New Testament church with a Quorum of 12 Apostles. In this turbulent world, I'm grateful there are apostles and prophets to give us counsel and direction, and who hold the same keys held by Peter of old. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Alex
In the Word of Wisdom, the Lord counselled us to eat plenty of grain, fruits, and vegetables, and to keep our meat intake at a moderate level. Since then, scientists' discoveries and the Food Pyramid reflect that counsel. God also counseleld us to avoid tobacco, alcohol, and drugs for several good reasons. 1. Everyone knows these things are bad for your body. 2. These things are addicting, and God wants us to stay free from addiction. 3. These substances lead to a high or drunkenness where people do terrible things. 4. These substances are an unnecessary strain on a person's finances. God also forbade coffee and tea, and we obey because God commanded it. Nowadays, we know there is caffeine in coffee and acids in tea. There might be other dangers that scientists haven't found yet. The Word of Wisdom doesn't limit our freedom. We still enjoy milk, juice, cyder, and soda. And we're avoiding the negative effects of the substances God has forbidden. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Alex
Families are central to our Heavenly Father's eternal plan for us. Marriage is sacred and ordained of God, and children should be nurtured in a safe and loving home. In life, families are a source of love, reliability, counsel, and comfort. I love my parents and siblings so much, and I'm thankful that we can be together forever. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Alex
We should have faith in God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. And we should faithfully follow the guidance of the Holy Ghost. These three Beings make up the Godhead, and no other gods or things should be followed (Exodus 20:3-5). Jesus Christ is the Most High God of Israel. He acts under His Father's directions (Matt. 26:39; John 6:38), and He sends the Holy Ghost to comfort us (John 15:26). The Book of Mormon repeatedly supports Peter's statement that it is only through Christ that salvation comes. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Alex
Faith is the hope and trust in unseen things, and the willingness to act on that trust. Everyone has faith that the sun will rise tomorrow. NASA had faith that they could land a man on the moon. Latter-day Saints pay tithing, go on missions, and enter college having faith that God will protect and guide them. And we have faith that God lives, that His Son Jesus Christ has opened the way to eternal life and happiness, and that there are apostles of Jesus Christ today who hold the keys of power and authority, like Peter of old. I think the difference betwee faith and belief is that "faith without works is dead" (James 2:24-26). We show our faith when we help others, attend church, and pray daily. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Alex
Since the earliest times, the Lord's people have paid 1/10 of their income as tithing to help build the kingdom of God (Genesis 14:17-20; Heb. 7:2; Lev. 27:30; Num. 18:26; Deut. 12:6; 2 Chr. 31:5; Neh. 10:28; 12:44; 13:12; Matt. 23:23; Luke 18:12; & Malachi 3). Paying 1/10 isn't much to ask. And the Lord always rewards tithepayers with rich blessings (Mal. 3). There are many stories in LDS history of people struggling financially who still pay their tithing, and are afterwards still somehow able to make ends meet. They had faith and were blessed for it. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Alex
Genesis 49:22 & Deuteronomy 33:13-16 prophesied that some of Joseph's descendants would be brought to distant lands overseas. The Nephites and Lamanites in the Book of Mormon are a prime example of this. They are a remnant of the House of Israel. During His ministry, the Lord Jesus Christ foretold that after His resurrection, He would administer to His "other sheep" in America and with the lost ten tribes. The the Jews of the House of Israel would bring His Gospel to the Gentiles, and the Gentiles would feel confirmations from the Holy Ghost. In Revelation 14:6, John the Beloved foresaw an angel carrying "the everlasting gospel." That angel is Moroni, who instructed the Prophet Joseph Smith in translating the Book of Mormon, which contains the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Thus, in the last days, the fulness of the Christ's gospel came to the Gentiles, and from them to the Jews (Isaiah 49). The coming forth of the Book of Mormon is a sign that the re-gathering of the House of Israel has commenced. The Prophet Joseph found the Book of Mormon buried in the ground (Psalms 85:11). During the translation, the story foretold in Isaiah 29 took place. Ezekiel foretold that in the last days, two books would go hand-in-hand in testifying of the God of Israel. One book would come from the Jews (the Bible), and the other would come from a remnant of Joseph's descendants (Book of Mormon). Out of the mouths of two witnesses is the truth established (John 8:17). Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Alex
Marriage is a sacred union and covenant. Children should be born within the bonds of matrimony. Parents need to raise them in a safe and loving environment, and teach them the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Families are central to our Heavenly Father's eternal plan for us (Malachi 4; D&C 132). Fathers should ensure the family is provided for and protected. And women have a nurturing, motherly quality that men just don't have. But husbands and wives should love and help each other as equal partners. Women have just as much right as men to go to college, pursue careers, and become politicians. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Alex
Sacred ordinances like baptism, conferring the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and family sealins are to be valid even beyond the grave, for all eternity. Not just anyone can perform these ordinances (Acts 8:18-20). In order for these ordinances to be valid before God, the performer must have been authorized and empowered by God. This power and authority is the Holy Priesthood. One servant of God ordains another to hold the priesthood through "the laying on of hands", like how Moses ordained Aaron and Joshua (Num. 27:23; Deut. 34:9; Heb. 6:2; JSH 1:68). John the Baptist held the Aaronic Priesthood to baptize, and he appeared as a resurrected angel to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to confer it upon them. Today, every priesthood holder in the Church can trace his line of authority back up to Joseph or Oliver, and through them to John the Baptist, and through him up to God. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Alex
Proof there is a God: the clouds and planet motions and complex ecosystems, etc,; the old comparison of the Big Bang to the exploding printer; the written testimony of dozens of prophets and apostles; the miracles throughout history; modern prophets couldn't have performed the miracles they did unless God was with them (John 3); the testimony of the Holy Ghost; I personally see the existence of reality itself as proof of a divine purpose and a higher power. Proof there is no God:.........None. The existence of God is nothing but good news. It means He's there to guide and protect us, there is a purpose to this life, and there is an afterlife much better than this life. Don't you want to believe it? But I don't just believe. I have repeatedly felt the testimony of the Holy Ghost, so I have faith and know that God lives. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Alex
Baptism is essential for entering God's kingdom (John 3). God wouldn't be a just and merciful God, and a respecter to no persons (Ephesians 6), unless He provided a chance for all humans to be saved and acheive eternal life. Proxy work is all about helping others, which is central to Christ's Gospel. The Atonement was proxy work for all of us. Baptisms for the dead are the chance for us to get to know our genealogy and help those in the spirit world. The deceased can choose if they'll accept the ordinance done on their behalf or not. I 1 Peter 3 and 4, the apostle discussed missionary work happening in the spirit world. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Alex
Inner conversion is a gradual process. Faith is a seed that gradually grows (Alma 32). Finally, when you are baptized and confirmed a member of the Church, you are becoming a disciple of Christ and a Latter-day Saint. You make the covenant to always be good representative of Christ and to listen to the Holy Ghost in your life. In return, you will be blessed temporally and spiritually and be very happy, and the Spirit will be in your life to guide and comfort and fill with peace and joy. Every Sunday, you will renew that covenant by partaking of the sacramental bread and water. Also, when you join the Lord's covenant people, you are adopted into the covenant seed of Abraham and the House of Israel. Show more Show less

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

Alex
The scriptures often talk about this. Abraham's eternal covenants in Genesis include this. Malachi 4 states that in the last days, Elijah would return as an angel to restore the sealing power and thereby prevent a terrible wasting. The wasting is described earlier in the chapter as the cutting off of roots and branches, a.k.a. ancestors and descendants. To prevent this, on 2 April 1836, Elijah appeared in the Kirtland Temple to the apostles Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to restore the sealing power (D&C 110). Interestingly, this day was Easter Sunday and the Jewish Passover. And the Jews's tradition is to leave an empty seat for Elijah to fill at every Passover. Families are central to God's eternal plan of happiness for us. I'm very grateful that my parents won't part at death, and I won't have to with my future wife. An eternity in our Heavenly Father's and the Savior's celestial kingdom, surrounded by our parents, siblings, childrn, and relatives sounds pretty awesome indeed! The Gospel is rightfully called "the good news." Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Alex
When did the Mormonism begin? I say the true answer is thousands of years ago, with Adam and Eve. God's religion and covenant people have been the same throughout the ages. From the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and modern revelations, we know the God's covenant people have always been called Saints, have faith in Jesus Christ, are baptized by immersion, are led by prophets and apostles, hold priesthood authority through the laying on of hands, honor the Sabbath and avoid harmful practices, and try to have love for and perform acts of service for their fellow men. The pure Gospel of Jesus Christ has been preached the same since Adam's time. But there have been several apostasies and restorations. The Lord called Moses to restore the Gospel to the Israelites, and John the Baptist and the Savior Himself restored it in the New Testament. Now we are living in the last days before the Savior's return, as foretold in Matthew 24. Peter foretold that in preparation for that great day, the Gospel and authorized Church would be restored (Acts 3:19-21). The events leading up to that restoration include the Renaissance and the American Revolution. I find it fascinating that the New Testament Church was organized in the Holy Land, and in 1830 it was restored on free American soil. Today, the Church is modern Israel, the Lord's covenant people. The Lord's people have always been called Saints. We're simply the Saints living in the last days, hence we're Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Alex
Having a paid clergy is part of what we consider priestcraft. That was one of the Pharisees' problems in the New Testament: seeking money and worldly praise, with their eyes on personal gain instead of on building the kingdom. Spiritual leaders in the Church should never be tempted to favor a pay check over helping their fellow Saints. This is a Gospel of love, service, sacrifice, blessings, and spiritual growth. This isn't the Gospel of making worldly wealth. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Alex
Every day, we should engage in sincere, heartfelt prayers with God, in the name of Christ. We can easily pray for increased faith in Christ. And we need to be sure to be in tune with the Holy Ghost. Furthermore, we should study a bit of the scriptures each day and ponder. Isaiah foretold of Christ, the first four books of the New Testament testify of His mortal life, and the Book of Mormon's primary purpose is to build the reader's faith in Christ. Furthermore, following Christ's example of charity and love every day will help us be like Him and be in tune with the Spirit. And finally, we should frequently go to the temple. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Alex
Serving a mission isn't, strictly speaking, required for salvation. But it's an extremely good idea for Church members. Through His prophets, the Lord Jesus Christ has placed the priesthood-holding young men of the Church under a GENERAL obligation to serve. The experience serves to strengthen their faith and testimonies, help them mature, give them a rich experience in another culture, give them experience in physical self-reliance, enable them to find the joy of serving others, and make them much better prepared for marriage, fatherhood, and leadership responsibilities. However, there are exceptions to the general obligation. For example, I personally cannot serve a mission because of my autism and anxiety problems. It's a medical issue, and the Lord understands my situation. But I still intend to live a great life, get married in the temple, and be a seminary teacher. In a way, all Church members are living as missionaries if they live up to their baptismal covenants. If my understanding's right, I don't think young women and elderly couples are under the same general obligation to apply for a mission; but they're still generally encouraged. It's an awesome thing if they decide to serve, and it will bless them in the same way. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Alex
For the majority of world history, the Lord's commanded His children to have monogamous marriages. But Jacob 3:30 shows that there are exceptions to the rule. Abraham and Jacob participating in plural marriage, and they most certainly brought up seed unto God. For the 50-year period of 1840-1890, in this the dispensation of the fullness of times and the restoration of all things, God commanded some of the priesthood-holders in His church to participate in the practice again. Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball did the right thing, I have no doubt about it. And they did it properly and with dignity. They too, raised up seed unto God--many awesome Latter-day Saints today are descendants of these marriages. Furthermore, plural marriage was a massive blessing to impoverished widows and their fatherless children. Show more Show less