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Hi I'm Alec

I'm a creative writer, optimist, anime enthusiast, singer, and I'm a Mormon!!

About Me

I'm the oldest of five kids, with two younger brothers, aged 16 and 14, and two younger sisters, aged 19 and 13. I am a big reader. I love to read the fiction stories that have just a touch of real world problems. Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, Wheel of Time, etc. Basically, I love to read things that are deep, that don't just entertain, but that make you think. The stories that have a message that you have to "discover" and actually think about. I'm also a huge culture nut. I love the language and cultures of the Asian nations, especially of the Japanese people. I'm an avid thinker and wanna-be writer of books and screenplays. I love to create worlds, characters, cultures, histories, and put them to paper. Warning I'm also a pretty big nerd. Just about anything Stars Wars especially. Lightsabers, the Force, wookiees, the works. I'm also a big theatrical guy. I love to sing, to dance (at least attempt to), and act. I love musicals like Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, 42nd Street, and pretty much anything classic Disney. A Mormon that likes Disney? Who ever thought of that!? That's all on hold for a while though. Currently, I'm serving a two-year service mission in Nauvoo, Illinois at the FamilySearch Center. I am, as a stake calling, serving as one of the Assistant Directors of the Center as well. But that's not close to the end of it. I'm also *drum roll*....... an Ordinance Worker in the Nauvoo temple right across the street! Yep this guy is gonna be busy!

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a Mormon my whole life. Born and raised in a very strong gospel home with a loving family. We've never been rich, but we had enough. I haven't always had a very strong testimony of the gospel though. For quite a while in High School, my faith wavered a lot. I've throughout my whole life had a strong fascination for astronomy and other sciences, and it just seemed that God couldn't fit in. I had never had a true confirmation that God was listening to me, or that he even existed. About the only things that kept me in the church were the Youth activities and conferences. Being there with all those youth who had the same beliefs and struggles I did seemed to do the trick, and once again, I felt my resolve strengthen. But that resolve never lasted long. I felt lost and scared in a dark world. Over time things did get better, but doubt was always in the back of my mind. When I went on my mission, my faith grew tenfold as I engaged in the work of Family History and service. I could see the hand of the Lord in my life as I went through the mission and now taking on the college life. Father loves me, and I know it! His gospel is one of happiness and love. It doesn't matter who you used to be, or even who you are. There is always a place for you in the Kingdom of God, as long as you are willing to accept him.

How I live my faith

Ever since I was a kid, I've always wanted to serve a mission. For quite a while, though, I didn't even think it was going to be at all possible for me to serve on any sort of mission. To put it bluntly, I'm a big guy. I wasn't in the state of health I needed to be and it would have taken me way too long for me to lose the weight. I spoke with my bishop and he mentioned that he had an opportunity from the Stake President for me to be able to serve a Service mission in Nauvoo. Long story short, I went through the process and now I'm here. Serving a mission in Family History/Temple Work, and I love every minute of it. Never before has my testimony grown so strong in Jesus Christ and His work here on this earth for us.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

The temples of the Church are the most sacred places on Earth to the Latter-Day Saints. They are holy edifices where we can go and receive sacred ordinances that enrich our minds and our lives in nearly every aspect. It is also a place where if we have trials or problems that we feel are too much for us, we can go and ponder and pray and receive direct answers from the Holy Ghost in our minds and in our hearts. It is also a place where we can escape from the trials and temptations of the world, where we can once again be spiritually uplifted and have a renewal of strength before we go back out into the world of Men. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

You have to understand the difference between the words "secret" and "sacred." To keep something secret is to keep something from public knowledge (whether it be amongst your friends, towns, community, etc) because that thing could cause embarrassment or harm to the people the secret pertains to. Keeping something "sacred" means to keep something very personal because of the significance of the thing, in this case, the temple ordinances. To be honest, the temple ordinances really aren't secret, many people outside the church know the details of the ordinances. It really is about sacred, and keeping the things of the temple personal so that the importance and specialness of the temples and especially the temple endowment are preserved in ourselves. The ordinances really are special and we shouldn't mistreat and disrespect them by treating them as ordinary things for everyday conversation. During our time in the temple, we also make covenants to be obedient, chaste, etc. We believe, however, that these covenants, when made in the temple, are of a much higher standard that, if broken, will bring greater condemnation to that person in the world to come. Thus you have to be ready to make these covenants, and be ready to live a higher, holier standard. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

As someone of a scientific mind, I understand the position of atheism, and why some have trouble coming to grasp the need or existence of Deity. When you start to think about the beginnings of the universe, however, then things don't quite add up. There are several scientific theories of the origins of the Universe. Some say it was a "soup" of matter that was organized through a massive explosion that brought heat and pressure into the equation. Some say the massive explosion itself is what introduced matter into our area of the vast void that was there before. Some even say that a black hole sucked in matter and shoved it through the universal plane and threw it up onto our side. When you think about it though...how did this all come about? Where did the matter come from? What caused the explosions? Where did the energy begin in the first place? Can you begin to see how just crazy that sounds? Saying that all of this came from nothing is like trying to convince me that you can build an airplane by taking the materials needed, putting them into a bowl, and stirring the ingredients until they all fit perfectly to make the plane not only take shape, but fly! That kind of thinking also goes against the Law of Conservation of Mass. Someone HAS to get it going first off, then someone HAS to stick with it until the final product is made. You can't create anything out of nothing! SomeONE had to organize and create this universe! Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

The idea that the Apostles weren't meant to be replaced is a contradiction to the New Testament. When Judas fell from the Apostles, one of the first things on their agenda was to go and choose another person to fill the spot, namely Matthias. Another side to this though has to deal with the idea of "apostolic authority." When the Apostles died, the priesthood authority and keys (the "sealing" power that Christ spoke of when he was talking to Peter), were lost from the earth. Some people have equated this idea to a broken mirror. When the Apostles were killed, the church broke apart, like a mirror falling to the ground. Those that remained tried their best to gather what pieces of the mirror they could, some gathering more pieces than others. But no one group gathered every piece, and even if they had, you can't fix a mirror perfectly, there would still be cracks. The church had to be completely restored, and to help bring about this restoration, a Prophet, Joseph Smith, with twelve newly called Apostles, were called to bring the gospel of Christ back to the earth in it's fullness with that power of true authority. Show more Show less