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Hi I'm Alec

I am a college student. I am a major history buff, and I love to learn. I also happen to be a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student currently pursuing a degree in history. I enjoy watching movies, reading books (I particularly enjoy ones on historical events, no surprise), staying up to date on current affairs, playing video games, and hanging out with friends. My days are primarily spent either in class or studying in the library for hours on end, as befitting a student, naturally. It's certainly not easy, but I would be lying if I said it wasn't worth it. When I'm not busy with my nose in the books, I enjoy a good joke and fun conversation. Above all, I love to make people laugh.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Mormon, but childhood nostalgia is not what keeps me going to church and reading my scriptures. Growing up, I had some incredibly difficult issues and problems that I had to overcome. Sometimes I did. Sometimes I didn't. Sometimes the struggle to keep going seemed unbearable. Sometimes the desire to give up felt stronger than the desire to keep trying. Combined with the pains and mistakes I had made in the past, there seemed to be little hope for the future, and little reason to imagine I would ever know what joy or happiness felt like. I needed a savior. I needed belief that things were going to get better. I needed reasons to believe that my every breath wasn't a drag on the world. In those dark moments, I became converted to the faith that my parents had taught me. They had taught me about the truths contained in the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and general Christian belief. It was in those dark moments that I remembered what my parents had taught me, and I became converted to the truth. I did have a savior because Jesus Christ, the Savior, had suffered for my sins so that I might be made clean, free from the shackles of sin and depression. God loved me because He sent His Son to die for me. I was not a faceless individual in a world of billions. I was someone who mattered to God, like everyone else, and I mattered enough that Jesus Christ suffered for my sins. That truth brought new joy into my life, to know that Christ not only would help me to erase my mistakes, but He would also help me to get a new start. I did not need to be a beat-up machine trying to go on with life; I could be something better, because of Him. Like Peter who walked on water, I at one time in my life had my focus on Christ. But like Peter, I lost it, and I sank into the waters. But, just like Peter, there was a Savior to rescue me. The moment I discovered that truth was the moment I became a Christian. And it's the reason why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Six out of seven days of the week, my faith is something I participate in with my personal conduct and daily habits. I read from scriptures and pray to God every day. I try to find a way to make someone smile, or to perform a little bit of service that makes someone's day easier. I try to maintain a clear mind that allows me to be a better student and a better Christian so that I can realize whatever goals the Lord has for me. On that seventh day, Sunday, I go to church. I currently serve as a teacher, teaching other male college students my age about doctrine and practices that we can employ to become better Christians. I also have my own classes that I attend as a student rather than as a teacher when I'm at church. I also attend a main service where I participate in the sacrament and listen to sermons and testimonies from members of the congregation. Outside of church, I go back to being a college student, along with reading my scriptures, praying morning and night, and trying to find a way to make someone's day better.

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