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Hi I'm Alex

I am a college student. I served my mission in the Dominican Republic. I am a Bluegrass guitar champion and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a pre-medical student at Weber State University. I love the art of medicine and want to serve others as well as my country. For that reason, I wish to be able to serve as an ARMY physician. I enjoy playing basketball, swimming, playing the guitar and fiddle with my family and being in the great outdoors. I am an avid reader when I am not focusing all my time and attention on my homework. I served an LDS mission in the Dominican Republic. I was able to learn the Spanish language and make many lasting friendships. I also was able to serve for six months on the small Dutch Antilles island of Curacao. There, I also made many new friends and was able to learn another dialect...papiamento. I am an adventurous person and enjoy doing different things. I believe in staying true to who you are and to not be dictated by what others would have you become. I am a quiet person, but I am very easy to get along with once I open up. I love spending time with my family, friends and my little dog, Frank. "Life is to be enjoyed, not endured." -- Gordon B. Hinckley

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church and always believed that it was true. I would read my scriptures, say my prayers, go to church services and activities during the week because I liked it, but also, because it was expected of me. One day,when I was about 16 years old, our family went to church headquarters in Salt Lake City, UT. We went in and viewed a video about Joseph Smith and the Restoration of the Gospel. I knew the story and had heard it many times, but this time was different. I felt something so deep in my heart that I knew that it was all true. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe that God reveals eternal truths to us through the Spirit or Holy Ghost. This is what I experienced. I felt peace and love. I felt this warm feeling come over me and I just knew that it was all true. I couldn't deny it. I also decided to read the Book of Mormon, the keystone of our religion and the reason that we are known to many as Mormons. I read and studied this most precious book and I knew that it was of God. It is a witness to the world that God lives and that Jesus is our Savior. I read the Book of Mormon and I prayed to God in the name of Christ and asked Him if it was true. God revealed to me by His Spirit through feelings and impressions that these things are all true. The amazing part about all of this is that anybody can experience these same feelings. We must reach out to Him and seek His guidance. If we do so, He will answer us just like He answered me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith throughout dedicated service to both God and my brothers and sisters. I had the blessings of serving my brothers and sisters on the islands of Curacao and the Dominican Republic for the last two years and it was the best experience of my life. The love of God that I felt and the change that I saw in my life and in the lives of others was truly amazing! I try to serve in my local church community as a secretary to one of the organizations that exists in the church. I am responsible for setting up visits between church leaders and other families, taking attendance, and making notes of the needs of the brothers and sisters and how we as members of the church can help them. I am a member of a Youthlinc service program. We serve our local communities in various ways preparatory to our international service trip to Peru. I look at all peoples as my brothers and sisters and that we need to treat each other as such. The center of my faith is Jesus Christ. He is the reason why we do anything. He gave us a perfect example of how to live and how to treat our fellow man. I believe in giving Christ-like service whenever possible. The best way to live your faith is by example. I try to walk the walk and not just talk the talk. Serving others is so much more enjoyable when only you and the Lord know what you have done to help someone in need.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Alex
Christ came and established His church by calling His disciples. He gave them power and authority to act in His name. Some things that they did included: baptism, preaching, healing, casting out demons etc. All of these things were done by proper power and authority and in the name of Jesus Christ. When Christ was crucified, His church and it's followers were left to be guided by Peter and the other apostles. With time, the apostles too were martyred, driven out or died. The authority and power that Christ had given ONLY TO THEM, was lost. The Bible was still in play. But what good is a text book in a classroom to a student when no authorized teacher is present? It can be used for learning and gaining of knowledge, but many different opinions and ideas will arise. This is why there are so many churches and organized religions. All using the same Bible; all teaching different doctrine. God in His infinite love, would not allow His children to wander in such a state of confusion forever. For that reason, God called Joseph Smith to be a prophet and to restore Christs' church again on the earth with the proper authority to carry out baptisms, preach and effectuate other necessary acts for our salvation. Show more Show less