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Hi I'm Alex

I grew up in the Pacific North West. I'm a missionary in Tennessee. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy the outdoors in the Pacific North West.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that through Jesus Christ, who paid for our sins, we can be cleansed and be worthy to return to our Father in Heaven. Obedience to His commandments given to us by the scriptures and the prophets will provide happiness that can be found no where else on this earth. None of us are perfect, "for all have sinned, an come short of the glory of God;" but with our best efforts to be like Him, we are "...justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (Romans 3:23-24)." What a great blessing it is to have this gift, to be cleansed and to have our guilt swept away through repentance! I love the peace that comes into my life because of this, "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 4:1)."

How I live my faith

I currently serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Missionaries invite others to come unto Christ by living His Gospel, which is the way that we return back to our Heavenly Father.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Alex
Yes! Jesus Christ really did visit the people in the Americas. The Book of Mormon contains the words of prophets like the Bible, but these prophets lived in the ancient Americas. These prophets taught the people God's commandments, and the way to return back to our Heavenly Father, called the Gospel. They also taught the people of an awaited Jesus Christ, and that it was "he that cometh to take away the sins of the world, yea, the sins of every man who steadfastly believeth on his name (Alma 5:48)." After the death and resurrection of Jesus, He came to the people here in the ancient Americas. Similar to his ministry in Jerusalem, He healed the sick (3 Nephi 17:5-7), bestowed authority to baptize (3 Nephi 11:18-22), and taught the Gospel to the people; "Now this is the commandment: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be baptized in my name, that ye may be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me at the last day (3 Nephi 27:20)." This is evidence to me that God loves all of us, because Christ reached out to people on the other side of the earth, not just one place. I am so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father, who is mindful of each one of us, no matter where we are! Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Alex
Anyone who wants to sincerely know for themselves that this church is true can. You should first find out more about the church and our beliefs by meeting with church representatives called missionaries. They can explain how you can find the greatest joy in life and explain how you can receive an answer from God that the message they share is true. As you come to know that these things are true, you will want to do something to live in accordance to the teachings of Christ. In the Bible, we find in Acts 2:38 a similar situation. A man named Peter was preaching to a group of people. After hearing his words, they wanted to know what they should do. "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." We join the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. These are wonderful gifts that allow us to feel the joy of being cleansed from past mistakes (Moroni 8:25) and return to the presence of our Heavenly Father (John 3:5). Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Alex
Baptism is essential to return to the presence of God (John 3:5). When we are baptized, we can receive forgiveness for the mistakes we've made in life. Baptism needs to be performed by authority from God, called the Priesthood. I remember when I baptized and what a great experience it was. I was baptized by my Grandpa, because he holds that essential authority. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Alex
The Book of Mormon is another witness of Jesus Christ. Like the Bible, it contains the Gospel, or the way back to the presence of our Heavenly Father. The Book of Mormon takes place in the Ancient Americas, and records God's dealings with that people. I love the Book of Mormon because I can find things that apply to me. I know that it's true because I've prayed about the message it contains. In the Introduction, it contains an important promise: "We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost." I've acted on that promise and have received that witness. In the Bible, we find that the "fruits of the Spirit," or feelings we get when the Holy Ghost tells us something is true, are feelings like joy, peace, and love (Galatians 5:22-23). Read from the Book of Mormon and pray about it, if you do with a real desire to know if it's true, and if you'll act on your answer, you will come to know that it is true, because it is true! Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Alex
Church services are awesome and everybody is welcome! Anyone who wants to come should definitely come, whether your a member of the church or a visitor. The main meeting during the Sunday services is called sacrament meeting, where the congregation sing several hymns, there are also prayers, and the sacrament (or communion) where bread and water are blessed and passed to the congregation. It's a little over an hour. Donation plates aren't passed during the services. There are also assigned speakers. After the sacrament meeting, come to the Sunday school classes! They're great. After sacrament meeting there are classes on our basic beliefs, the Scriptures, and, in some areas, Family History or Genealogy classes. There are also classes for men and women, and youth classes for those aged 12-18, and classes for children. I remember going to the youth classes while in High School, I loved it! Church is great. Show more Show less

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

Alex
The Bible is great, but there are so many different ways the Bible is interpreted in the world, with so many different churches. When Jesus Christ was on the earth, he taught the things that we need to return back to the presence of our Heavenly Father, called the Gospel. After His death and resurrection, he gave authority to His followers to teach Gospel, and to do things like baptize people that wanted to return back to God's presence. However many people rejected them, and killed them and soon there wasn't anyone on earth that had authority to teach the gospel or to baptize. Many of the teachings of Christ were changed. A lot of people looked for truth, but didn't know where to find it. There were only pieces of truth on the earth. This is why it was so necessary to have the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Now we can find the Gospel on the earth, the same way that Christ taught it. That authority to do things like baptism, is also back on the earth. I am so grateful that this Gospel is back on the earth, so we can live with our Heavenly Father and be happy while we're here on earth! Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Alex
We believe that through a prophet, God has commanded that we avoid coffee, tea, tobacco, alcohol and illegal drugs. Some of the wonderful blessings that come are increased health and avoiding disease. Sometimes we don't always understand why God gives us certain commandments, but if we pray to know if the things that prophets speak are true, we can know for ourselves if what they say really is of God. I have prayed for myself, and do know that we do have prophets on the earth today, and that God has commanded us to avoid and not use these substances. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Alex
No, like other Christians, we worship our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and through him, God restored Christ's church on to the earth. I am grateful for all that Joseph Smith did, because through him the authority to do things like baptism is back on the earth, so we can return to our Heavenly Father, and find true happiness here on earth. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Alex
We believe that Thomas S. Monson is the Prophet today. He receives direction from our Heavenly Father to give us guidance in our day. As I have prayed, I know that he is a prophet of God. I am so grateful for prophets in our day! It shows me that God still loves us and wants to guide us. We can trust that he will direct us and keep us on the path back to him as we live the words of the prophets, whether they be in the scriptures, or in our time. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Alex
We pay our own way so we can serve the Lord for a space of 18-24 months full time. We are not paid. I love serving as a missionary full time; it is so wonderful seeing others apply Christ's teachings in there lives! Show more Show less