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Hi I'm Alex Petersen

I've lived in Idaho most of my life. I love graphic design, expressive art, and long distance running. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 18 years old and just recently graduated high school. I'm working hard to prepare for my future full-time mission, as well as college soon after. I practically live in the 80's. I've got my poofy curly hair style, my expressive wardrobe, my preferred movie selection, and my favorite music mostly all from the 80's. I've been successful with high school art shows and club competitions regarding 2-D drawings, graphic design, and manufacturing design. Art and creativity will always be a big part of my life and I hope to continue this talent of mine in professional settings as well as recreational forms of art. Another activity I enjoy is long distance running. I'm not the fastest runner, but I'm planning on running a half marathon at the beginning of this fall.

Why I am a Mormon

For many years I flip-flopped between actively attending church and straying from its teachings. Eventually, I hit a point in my life that I was doing the motions of a member just because that's what I saw my close friends doing. I never had a strong testimony like they did; I just wanted to fit in. I never wanted to search for the truth because I was afraid of the responsibility that comes with knowing what's right. It was a silly mistake, but at the time I didn't want to dedicate myself to that responsibility to myself and others. While attending seminary junior year, I distinctly remember my teacher randomly deviating from his normal lesson plan because he was prompted that someone in his class needed to hear something else that day. He talked about missionary service. He addressed my problems with responsibility exactly, and I received the undeniable prompting that I needed to serve a mission. Now, I thought this prompting was absurd, I didn't have a firm foundation in the church yet and Heavenly Father was telling me I needed to serve a mission? For the next few months, I kept receiving the thought to go and serve. It was relentless, let me tell you. Finally, I broke down in prayer and told Heavenly Father that I would go if would help me prepare. I was instantly comforted and I felt the love of God and this gospel surround me. I have since received promptings that have lead me to where I am today. Through faith in Heavenly Father, I was able to turn my life around and gain a firm testimony that He knows each of us and our needs, and He will lead and guide us where we should go if we come unto Him. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us, and I know that they led me to them through their gospel.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by loving to learn more and more! Scripture study and prayer give me the tools I need to handle whatever this world can throw at me. Everything the scriptures teach gives me the most comforting feeling, and I simply crave to learn more every day. I've been called to teach a Sunday school class of four-year-old kids in my ward. It's quite an undertaking to calm them down each Sunday, but the outcome is worth it every lesson. Seeing the light in their eyes when they talk about what they believe and know touches my heart. Honestly, when I teach them the simple principles of the gospel, I learn right along side them! The desire to learn these things for myself and to teach motivates me to be the best I can be.