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Hi I'm Alex

I enjoy working with computers. I've recieved my A+ certification and I do a lot with acting and theatre. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm interested in computers and I know the basics of C++, as well as a little bit in Python and a TEENY bit of Java. I prefer to build my home computers from scratch, both because it tends to run faster, and I would inevitably strip down a storebought machine and replace everything anyway. I also enjoy the challenge. I'm an avid gamer, both with the "video" kind and with tabletop gaming. I'm interested in physics and understanding how the world works. I enjoy researching the concept of AI, and looking at some of the cool things being done with robotics. I am currently serving as a missionary in the Tennessee, Knoxville Mission. I enjoy talking to people and teaching them about the happiness the gospel of Jesus Christ has brought to my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I've chosen this church because I feel it provides the most accurate and meaningful explanation for the universe. I was born into the LDS Church, so I learned a lot of it's principles early on. Nonetheless, I've always been a free thinker and began looking into alternative philosophies. I enjoy science, so I've spent a lot of time on secular websites where I've had the opportunity to observe and participate in many discussions regarding different subjects, including the existence of a God. There was a time when I was Atheist, and I still have many holdovers from that mindset. One that I still agree with is the belief that man makes his own destiny. I was never able to accept that man is but a plaything of some eldritch being. One of the appeals of the LDS church is the idea that man has free will. While God gives man opportunities, it is man that decides where he wants to be in the eternities to come. Another doctrine I enjoy is that of faith. I don't like blindly following something with no proof, like what is taught in many religions. Here we have a different definition of faith, which I call the difference between "Faith" and "Blind Faith". Initially, I had no proof that the gospel was true, but I went with my feelings, and tried to live it to the best of my ability. The blessings promised did indeed come. Like subatomic particles, the gospel is observed indirectly by its results. Electrons aren't seen, but we know they're there. Thus I know the gospel of Christ is true.

How I live my faith

Because we hold the atonement of Christ as such a big part of our religion, we have a weekly meeting where we renew the covenants we made a baptism. To those familiar with the Euchrist or Communion, our "Sacrament" is very similar. I attend this meeting weekly to renew my relationship with my savior. When I was twelve years old, I recieved the "Aaronic Priesthood" which we believe to be the same priesthood held by the High Priest Aaron in ancient israel. I, and the other "Deacons" were given the opportunity to pass the sacrament to the congregation. At 14 I became a "Teacher", which in addition to allowing me to prepare the sacrament, came with the responsibility to check up on certain families in the ward and help them however I can, as well as teaching lessons (obviously). At 16 I had the opportunity to become a "Priest", after which I was able to bless the sacrament. I recently had the opportunity to attend the temple in preparation for my mission. We hold these temples to be very sacred and I am blessed to be able to have one that I can attend regularly. These temples are what allows families to be together forever, and for us to make sacred covenants or promises to God. I would urge everyone to take the steps necessary to be able to attend the temple and receive these blessings. They are truly worth it.