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Hi I'm Alex Homer

I grew up in Boston, MA and South Dakota. I love all things outdoors. I am a missionary in Mississippi. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of 2 boys. I have lived in South Dakota for the past 10 years. I have lived in Boston, Omaha, and Utah before that. My family has three dogs: a chocolate lab and 2 yorkies. I love the outdoors, especially mountain biking and skiing. I am a huge nerd for all things science. But, I also am a decent ballroom dancer and photographer, so I am not completely void of the creative and artsy thinking side of my brain. I went to college for a year before my 2 year mission, studying physiology and developmental biology. After my 2 year mission, I hope to get married, finish my undergrad, go to medical school, and hopefully become an orthopedic surgeon and have a family. I love helping people and doing service. I love spending time with my family and loved ones.

Why I am a Mormon

I love this church. I grew up in it. But when you grow up in it, you don't really have to gain a knowledge of whether it is true or not for a while. Most of the time, you ride on the knowledge of your parents. "Dad says its true, so it must be." But as I got older, and started looking at my future, I decided I needed to know for sure. I now know for myself that this church is true. I know it is inspired of God. The teachings in this church make sense when many other churches do not. I have the opportunity to be with those that I love for eternity, and that is such a huge relief to me. I love this gospel. Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and restored God's true church back to the earth. I know this with all my heart.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have been called by a prophet of God to go share the message of the gospel with everyone I come in contact with. I have put all other affairs on hold for 2 years, including my family, friends, girlfriend, hobbies, college, etc. I study the gospel for hours a day. I then go out, and try to share a message about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with anyone I can. It can be very discouraging, to have people constantly batter my beliefs, slam doors in my face, threaten to hurt me, etc. But this gospel is worth it. That is why I go out everyday to proclaim the gospel to anyone willing to hear my voice.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Alex Homer
No, missionary service is not required. It is strongly suggested. Many people, such as myself, attend or plan on serving missions for a few reasons. For men, we feel it is a duty for all able and worthy young men to serve if they can. There is no greater joy in this world than bringing souls into the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Young women also have the opportunity to serve. They have a caring, compassionate, and special spirit about them that we as men do not have. I am willing to give 2 years of my life to the Lord. He has done so much for me, the least I can do is give just a little bit of my time back. Show more Show less

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

Alex Homer
Our church services are wonderful. The main worship service is called sacrament meeting. It is about an hour long. Hymns are sung. Prayers are offered. We partake of the sacrament (communion) during this meeting as well, which is blessed and passed by members who have the authority to do so. Then, we have a few speakers, generally pre-selected member of the congregation, to talk about gospel topics and share their own personal testimonies of Jesus Christ and His gospel. Visitors are very welcome. One thing many people who come to church for the first time tell me is how nice and friendly everyone is. It is true. You instantly have friends. You will not feel out of place. You will come to feel like you belong there, and that this is something that has been missing from your life. After sacrament meeting, we have 2 additional hours of Sunday school, where we can further our knowledge of gospel topics and the Holy Scriptures. The 1st hour is combined men and women. The children, teenagers, and adults are in separate groups, to focus on different levels of understanding and comprehension. The 2nd hour, men and women are separated to focus on specific things that they can do as men or women to strengthen their families, community, and the church. Staying for everything is about 3 hours. It may seem like a long time to be a church. But, it is an amazing experience that I promise you will enjoy. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Alex Homer
The Book of Mormon is a book of Holy scripture comparable to the Bible. It is not meant to replace the Bible at all, but to support it and confirm truths. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. It is another witness that Jesus really is the Christ, the very Son of the living God. The Book of Mormon contains the writings and accounts of ancient prophets, as does the Bible. The only difference is that the Bible was written by prophets in the Middle Eastern area, while the Book of Mormon was written by prophets in the ancient Americas. These prophets record their dealings with God as he established His word in the Americas, as they were also familiar with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. By reading the Bible and the Book of Mormon, a person can come closer to God than by any other means. Is it true? The Bible tells us to prove all things. Read it for yourself. Ponder the message it contains, and pray to know if it is true. Those who sincerely do this, having faith, and being willing to act upon the answer they receive will get an answer from the Holy Ghost that the book is true. I know, because I have done it. If you really want to know if it is true, read it and pray about it. Simple as that. Show more Show less