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Hi I'm Alex McCown

I grew up in Idaho on a small farm with a couple of llamas. I build R/C planes, I love Chinese food, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an Engineering student who loves hiking, camping and natural medicine. I lived in Singapore and Malaysia for a few years, where I met a lot of wonderful people and learned a lot about the many wonderful Asian languages and cultures. I found out how amazing Chinese medicine is, and realized how much I love the warm weather there, which is a lot different than Idaho. Ever since I was young, I've loved taking things apart and figuring out why they work, and making something new that can do the same things. My parents didn't always like that, but the desire to learn and build things with what I had around the house. In high school I loved building everything from radio controlled airplanes to wind turbines and homemade sailboats. I think the desire to learn is one of the biggest and most influential factors in where we go and what we do in life. If you love to learn, you will.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was young, my mother homeschooled my siblings and I. I believe very strongly that this influenced my personality in a way that I'll always be grateful for. I learned to learn things on my own, and that there's always a way to work through problems. When I was little I also learned, as we all sooner or later do, that life is not easy. A lot of challenges came from a variety of places. I found that we can look at problems in a lot of ways, but sometimes the reason that trails come is to give us a chance to grow. As things got hard, it forced me to analyze what I really knew and what I didn't. I realized that much of our lives hinges on families, and that things like death seem to end quickly any joy and comfort. I decided that I really needed to know if the Book of Mormon was true, and started taking it seriously. At first nothing happened, and I started to question things, but I continued reading and when I got to the end, I knelt in prayer and like millions have before and billions will after, I received a witness from God that the things in this book, and God's plan for us, were all true. I'm a Mormon because I know that the Book of Mormon is really God's dealings with an ancient people. I know this not because anyone with any credentials told me, or because it makes logical sense, but because God told me. That's something powerful, and this knowledge is something that neither man nor beast can ever take from me. I'm a Mormon because I found for myself that it's what God wants me to be, and because the blessings that come far out way any thing that I could ever give up in the process.

How I live my faith

I'm proud to be part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and everything that that implies. I believe that that's what Jesus meant for us to be -- His saints. I spent two years in Asia as a missionary and volunteer minister for my Church and loved it. I attend church meetings every week and participate in local activities. I love serving, both in and out of the church. I feel that we're the happiest when we're helping others, and it's that kind of happiness that really sticks with us.