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Hi I'm Alex

I am a student at Weber State University, I am studying English and History, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest of five children in my family, and as such, I get to enjoy babysitting seven nieces and nephews from time to time. I am a full-time student and am almost ready to graduate. Along with school, I work full-time helping two children who have cerebral palsy. While it is perhaps the most difficult thing I have ever done, it is also the most rewarding. I love to read, research random how-to's, and cook. One of my dreams is to actually start a small, family-friendly restaurant.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, being baptized at age 8, and attending church and youth activities with my family my whole life. Like many things we do in life, I did these things because that's what my family did and that's what I was taught. But when I was a junior in high school, I decided to start reading the Book of Mormon. I don't know why I decided to start reading, but I did. And I'm so grateful I did. As I started reading from the Book of Mormon a little bit every day, I noticed a change; I started to treat my family better. I was kinder to my brothers and sisters and I started to respect my parents more. Somehow, as I read and grew to love the Book of Mormon, I naturally wanted to be more obedient to the things I had been taught. And as I lived those things, I came to have experiences with them that helped me know for myself that they were true. No longer was I relying on the testimony and faith of my parents or church leaders; I now knew for myself, or at least believed. And the more I studied, prayed, and lived the Gospel, the more I came to believe until today, when I can say that I know the Gospel is the only way to real and lasting happiness. From my study of the Book of Mormon and the Holy Bible, I can now say that I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, my Savior and Redeemer. There are so many other experiences that have helped build my testimony and faith, none of which are huge or extraordinary. My faith has been built little by little, every day, as I try to repent and do better every single day. Simply put, if I had to explain in one sentence why I am a Mormon, it would be this: I am a Mormon because I am happier when I live the Gospel. To me, true joy is one purpose of life, and I have found no better way to find joy, peace and happiness than through Christ, and I believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormon Church, contains the fulness of His Gospel.

How I live my faith

Because what I believe is so special and valuable to me, I spend a lot of my time trying to help others feel the same and experience those same blessings. I recently finished two years of service at the Institute of Religion near where I go to school. This is a place where young adults, ages 18-30, can go to balance their temporal education with spiritual, although many who attend Institute classes are not college students. I was able to plan service projects, social activities, and attend classes which built my faith and helped me understand better why I believe the things I believe. Recently I received the assignment in my Young Single Adult unit of the Church to help every member of the Church be a better missionary, and to share the things that are so important and life-changing to them, with their friends and family. It has been a neat experience to meet with these individuals and to see the love they have for those who are closest to them, and to see the things they are willing to do for their friends and family. Along with this assignment, I frequently have the opportunity to teach classes for those who are new to the Church or who are returning to church activity, and to those who are are preparing to serve full-time missions. Many of the opportunities I now have to serve have come to me because of the experiences I had as a full-time missionary in Houston, TX. For two years after high school, I was able to serve the Vietnamese community in Houston by teaching English classes, Citizenship courses, and most important, the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.