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Hi I'm Alec

I'm a missionary, I'm a writer, I'm a gamer, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I'm 20 years old. As I'm writing this, I'm nearing the end of my missionary service for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I love to write fantasy, I love a good video game, I have come to love the Church and all that it is, and I have seen great blessings come from making Christ (and obedience to Him) the central focus of my life. I'm a lot more normal (as an introvert and Mormon) than many might think, and I love a lot of the same things that others do. The only difference is that I make my decisions and live my life with an eternal perspective, with my Savior as my guide, living to make and keep my promises with Him in all I do.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Well, you could say it's because I was born into it, because I was. You could say it's because my parents wanted me to be, because that too is true. But I say now, having gained answers and a testimony and a knowledge of and from God, that I am a Mormon because I know that this is God's true and restored Church. I've felt the sweet and powerful influence of the Holy Ghost in my life as I've done what's right, and in hard times, I cling to that peace and goodness that it brings, and I strive to be worthy of its companionship. I gained the answers that I did as I had faith in God's promises, one of which having to do with the Book of Mormon. We believe that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that it is the most correct of all scripture on the earth, and I know that such is true and right. But how did I come to that knowledge? I read it, I pondered about it, and I prayed about it. I didn't get an answer right away, but I think that's because I didn't have the faith I needed to have. I didn't truly believe or know that God would or could answer as strongly as I could. So, after a few times through the Book of Mormon, I again finished it and asked God if it was true, hoping and praying to receive an answer, even if it be "no." I believed that it was true, I felt that it was true, but was it? A confirming feeling of happiness and comfort and peace came over me, even before my prayer was over. I knew and know that the Book of Mormon was and is true. Thanks to that and many other similar experiences with faith and prayer, I've come to know (not just believe or feel) that what I am doing and living and believing is true. That's kept me going through many hard times. A testimony is the foundation we build on, and it needs to be based on Jesus Christ for us to stand strong in temptation and trial. I love my Savior and His Church, and I want to ever be loyal to Him, in this His gospel, that I may one day live with Him again.

How I live my faith

I live my faith on a day-to-day basis. Because being a missionary is all I know right now, let's use a day out here as an example. We have rules to obey, and we obey them because, in so doing, we show God that we love Him and the inspired counsel He gives His servants. Such things are things like: waking up at 6:30 AM, going on a run every morning (except Sunday), studying the scriptures every morning at 8:00 AM, and so on. When we obey willingly, God blesses us freely. When we go out each day striving to share what we know with everyone that we meet, we show our faith in Him, and exercise faith in doing hard things. My faith out here is lived a bit differently from how it will be back home, but there are things that stay the same. I will always read my scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon. I will always pray to my Father in Heaven, day and night. I will always look at the choices I make with eternal consequences in mind, and with obedience to the commandments we have been given. I will always show love, to my family, to my friends, to those less fortunate than I, and will make that my guiding star. Things like this are how I live my faith daily.

What is being a Mormon like?

Alec
Being a Mormon is very normal. In fact, it's more normal than most people make it out to be. We live our lives the best we can, doing what we can to support and love our families and to show our love and dedication and obedience to God. For me, it's just part of who I am. I don't drink alcohol, smoke tobacco (or anything like it), drink tea or coffee, or do drugs. I don't look at pornography, have sexual relations before marriage, or let my mind dwell upon impure thoughts. These are just a few things I won't do, and I won't do them because I love my Savior (who gave such commandments), who knows and sees much more than we do. In addition, there are things that I do, like daily prayer and scripture study (especially from the Book of Mormon) and weekly church attendance. I could say more, but let me just say that it's a very normal, very enriching lifestyle. Give it a try, and come and see! Show more Show less