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Hi I'm Alex

I grew up all over the world. I'm an engineer. I'm an Army officer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My dad was a career Air Force sergeant, so growing up I moved from country to country and got to live in Turkey, Italy, Guam, England, Germany and several places within the United States. My upbringing instilled in me a love for traveling and experiencing different cultures. I graduated from college a few years ago with a BS in Civil Engineering and I joined the military shortly thereafter. Now I find myself serving in a combat engineer battalion in a small, isolated army post in the middle of the New Mexico desert. I live by myself. When I'm not training with my fellow Soldiers, I enjoy hiking, photography and blogging.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the Church, but in a sense, I'm a convert too. While still in high school, I made the personal commitment to prepare to serve a full-time mission and that meant living worthily to represent the Church and studying the Gospel so I could teach it to others. After leaving home, I continued to attend Church every Sunday and read the entire Book of Mormon several times. When I was 19, I received a call to serve a mission in Montevideo, Uruguay. Being a missionary in South America for two years was a tremendous opportunity to learn, grow and bless the lives of others. Throughout my life, the Gospel of Jesus Christ has motivated me to overcome challenges and strive to be a better person.

How I live my faith

The Army isn't exactly the most hospitable place for living Church standards. On several occasions, I've had to tell my men that I wouldn't go out drinking or partying with them on weekends, while at the same time trying not to come off as overly sanctimonious or disrespectful to them and their lifestyle. I always strive to be a good example to others in my unit, because I'm one of the few members out here. I attend church at a nearby city, in a ward that's mostly made up of college students. They're a great group of friends and I enjoy serving in the Church alongside of them.