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Hi I'm Alexander

I was born and raised in Oregon, was Homeschooled, and am an Eagle Scout. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in in the Great State of Oregon (born in Albany, raised in Corvallis) and as far as I’m concerned it’s the best place on earth. I was born of “goodly parents” who taught me just about everything I know, and whom I love very much. I’m the oldest of five children, three boys and two girls. My family has always been close, but after the death of my sister we grew even closer. While her passing was a huge trial in our lives, I feel that it was also a blessing in disguise, because it helped us to realize not only the brevity of our time here on earth but also the awesome blessing that a knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Chist is in our lives. My family has always been more interested in News and Politics than Sports, but we always cheer for the OSU Beavers when we’re able to catch a game. The same went for extracurricular activities. I played soccer when I was little, but as I grew older I stopped playing sports and instead got into the Boy Scout of America. I did eventually became an Eagle Scout, and the people I met in the Boy Scouts are the best group of guys ever, I couldn't ask for a better group of friends. I was Homeschooled until I was 16 years old, at which point I began attending the local Community College and eventually earned my Associates Degree. I fully intend to continue my education further when I return from my Mission to share the Gospel with the people of Canada, but we'll just have to wait and see what the Lord has in store for me next.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was raised in the church I didn’t always have as strong of a testimony of the things I was taught. I can’t say exactly when, but sometime in my teens I really started to think hard about what I felt, what I believed, and what I knew, and it was during that time that my own personal testimony really began to grow. I questioned everything, because I believed that I should, in the words of Thomas Jefferson, “Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there be a God, He must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear." So I asked, and I found my answers. And while I cannot say that I have a perfect knowledge or testimony of all of the doctrines of the church, I can honestly say that I know this church is true. That I know that there is a God, and that He loves us. That we are His children and that He has a plan for us. That Christ atoned for our sins and that through Him we can be free. That Joseph Smith was a true Prophet, and that he was the Lords instrument in restoring this gospel to the earth. That Thomas S. Monson is the Lord’s Prophet today, and that He leads and guides this church. I am a Mormon because the message taught by this church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is true. Of this I testify. Amen.

How I live my faith

As a kid I lived my faith by attending church and reading the scriptures with my family. In my teens I still went to church and read the scriptures, but I also attended seminary (a kind of early morning gospel study group for the youth), and strove each day to be an example and testament of Christ to those around me. I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t always do a great job, but I tried to do just a little bit better each day. Today, I am serving a full time mission to share the gospel with the people of Canada. It isn’t always easy, but I know it’s the right thing to do, and it’s where I’m supposed to be. I have been so blessed in my life to have a loving family to teach me so many important things about life and the gospel that I wouldent have been able to learn on my own. It's only right that I do what I can to give some of that back to people who might not have been so lucky. Its hard sometimes for me to have the courage to share what I know and belive with others. At times I feel so inexperinced, and there are so many people who know so much more than me about so many things. But what I do know is true. I know that God is the True and Living God of the whole earth. That He is the father of our spirits, and that He loves and cares for us very much. We are all His children and He has prepared a way for us to return to live with Him. That way is through Christ, and that is the message we share.