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Hi I'm Alexander

I'm South African, a medical scientist and a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy hiking, going for runs, playing squash and beach volleyball, reading (mostly fantasy books) and - occassionally, when I feel inspired - writing poetry. I'm in my second year of Master's study doing research in to tuberculosis. I love the wind in my face, the smell of the night air and flying in aeroplanes!

Why I am a Mormon

Despite being an active member of the church since childhood and believing the church and it's teachings were true - I felt a strong desire to be able to say that "I know". In the Book of Mormon (companion scripture with the Bible - hence the nickname "Mormons") there is a promise that anyone that will read the book and pray to ask God can recieve a personal witness that the book is true scripture written and translated by true prophets of God. Accordingly, I read the Book of Mormon and other scriptures and prayed to know the truth on an on-off basis for years. In my late teens my desire to know the truth grew stronger and I began to diligently read the Book of Mormon and pray about it on a daily basis. In my first year of university, in April, the Church had just held it's semi-annual general conference, which is when the Prophet and Apostles speak to all the world. This, together with several "small miracles" had left me feeling full of faith and I decided to fast especially that I could get an answer to my prayers. After classes had finished, still fasting, I hiked to a secluded place on a nearby mountain and again knelt in prayer to ask the Lord if the things I believed were really true. I prayed the first time and felt no response. I prayed again, and again I felt nothing. It was with tears rolling down my cheeks that I prayed a third time - I was deeply despondent that I had not recieved the witness I expected, but still determined to continue living the things I believed. It was then that I felt the strongest sensation of warmth and peace come over me, suffusing me from the inside out. I felt my mind calm, all my fears and concerns were washed away and I had a moment of realisation, as clear as if learning it for the first time, that I had always known the church was true. This wonderful experience has been followed by many others since that have confirmed the truth of my beliefs many times over - but if asked, this is why I'm a Mormon, and proud of it :)

How I live my faith

From age 19 to 21 I served as a voluntary, full-time missionay in my own country and the neighbouring country of Botswana and this is, to date, the most fullfilling and meaningful period of my life. Currently, I love working with the youth (ages 12-18), helping organise fun activities and going on camps/hikes. I prepare lessons for the young men on topics such as the Saviour's Atonement (which refers to His suffering in the Garden of Gethseman, suffering and death on the cross and His Ressurection) which enables us to be forgiven and live again. More generally, I sing for the church choir, and try to share the wonderful things I've learned with those I work with and meet in my day-to-day life.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

The Saviour taught that "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." and in the Old Testament the prophet Malachi recorded, in connection with tithing, "...prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." As a scientist, the wording used by a prophet in the Book of Mormon has long been a favourite - he compares the word of God to a seed "that ye might try the experiment to know if the seed was good." Basically, I think the best way to come to know our Father in Heaven is to do what He says. If you aren't sure you have a Heavenly Father - test Him. He said Himself to do so. Just choose a commandment with which you feel you can improve, start living it more earnestly and then... look for the blessings. If you already know you have a Father in Heaven watching over you, but want to know him better, doing the things He would do, the things He's asked us to do, will help you to understand Him faster, and more deeply, than merely reading the words. Show more Show less