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Hi I'm Alex

I come from a Swiss family, and I love the outdoors. I'm a ballroom dancer and study accounting in college. I love being a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a single college student studying Accounting at Brigham Young University (BYU); however, I am currently serving a full time two year mission in Hungary. One day I would like to use my accounting experience to make a difference by travel to developing countries and helping the people and organizations grow. Since I was young, I've been an avid adventurer who loves all things in the outdoors: hiking, climbing, rafting, skiing, snow shoeing, boating, biking, etc. I am greateful for this beautiful world that our Heavenly Father has created for us, and try to capture the magnificence of nature inside my camera lense wherever I go. More recently, I discovered a love for dance. I have previously been on the BYU Folk Dance Team and am currently persuing the BYU Touring Ballroom Team. When I return from my mission, I look forward to marrying in the Temple and raising a family. I cannot wait to be a Dad.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been born in this church and have attended Sunday meetings for as long as I can remember. Despite this, I still needed to be converted to this true gospel. I cannot attest to any grand spiritual experience, but I can share the countless, tender mercies of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who has blessed me in ways, which I will not be able to fully comprehend, as I have followed his teachings and have lived worthily. Every day I see the His goodness and love around me as my testimony in Him strengthens. I am a rational person, but this believe I have is not rational. It comes from the sure whiteness of the Holy Ghost spoken of by Christ to his apostles in the Bible. No matter what I may cleverly say to you, artfully show you, or tactfully do around you, this is a change and a believe that comes from within--a witness to the heart. I would invite you to follow the counsel and promise of a true prophet from the Book of Mormon. His name is Moroni, and he counseled us out of the love of his heart and testimony to "ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost" (Moroni 10:4). I know that these things are true, and it has blessed my life with unbelievable joy.

How I live my faith

As a youth, I have been actively involved in leadership positions. I served in young men's group presidencies, who actively strive to create a rich learning and welcoming environment. We planned activities, which encouraged group bonding, character building, and spiritual strengthening, on Wednesdays in addition to many camping outings. These outings, one of which lasted a week in the summer months, were a great opportunity to escape the distractions of the world and draw closer to our Savior, Jesus Christ. I was also actively involved in planning a large youth activity called Trek. Trek was a week long trip where we honored and remembered the early pioneers who crossed the great planes of the United States to settle Utah. It was a wonderful experience to understand their hardships, sacrifice, and faith. With my faith in Jesus Christ comes my belief in the power of love. One way I can demonstrate my love for my community it through service. I have devoted countless hours to serving my community - including those not of my faith - as a neighbor, citizen, eagle scout, and Mormon. I have been blessed to participate in parades, restoring cemeteries to their former luster, helping the elderly, and visiting the sick and the lonely. I have learned that goodness is not dependent on social status, faith, age, beauty, gender, or any other imaginable category--it is found in the heart.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Alex
Think about a public school district. A school district covers a large area. Within each school districts there are school boundaries. Some schools are larger while others are smaller. However, no matter the size or the location, all of the students are being taught the same subjects of an approved curriculum. Stakes, wards, and branches behave similarly. Stakes are like school districts; they cover a larger area and have smaller areas within them. Similar to school boundaries, these smaller areas are wards and branches. Wards are the larger "schools" and branches are the smaller ones. The size does not reflect the faithfulness of the members, it is simply a geographical and demographic happening. Just like a school district has leadership, Stakes in the church have stake presidencies. Similarly, instead of school principles, Wards have Bishops and counselors and branches have branch presidents and counselors. All positions are equally important as the worthy leaders strive to strengthen their community and bring all closer to Christ. Lastly, the same, true gospel of Jesus Christ is taught throughout the world in every stake, ward, and branch. Show more Show less