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Hi I'm Alejandro

Twice wounded Army veteran. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am was born in El Salvador, Central America. I moved to the United States in 2002. I joined the Nevada Army National Guard, and did a tour of duty in Laghman Providence, Afghanistan from 2009-2010 in which I was wounded twice in a span of five weeks. After returning from the war I started going to college, but I was inactive in the church. In 2012 I returned to the church to live the gospel to it's fulness.

Why I am a Mormon

I was in was inactive when I joined the Army, and deploying did not help. I saw and experienced many things which I did not comprehend at the time, why would the lord let such things happen? In other words, I returned home extremely bitter towards people, and especially at the lord. I did not even wanted to hear his name. I had no other way to coupe with my return home, so I began to drank heavily; so much was my drinking I was basically and alcoholic. I was on a path to self-destruction, but the lord gave me enough courage to make one last attempt to find peace. I talked to my unit chaplain, and he recommended me to return to church. I was not happy about the advise, but I did as instructed. I went to a single's ward, which I avoided in the past, and felt welcomed by the members, this helped me open my heart to the teachings and the holy ghost again. I thought it was going to take me a year to get active again, but with the lord's merciful help I was active in three months. I am very far from perfect, but the lord loves me, and his hand is always extended, all we have to do is to reach out to him. I know he lives and he wants for each of us to return to him, all we have to do is ask. Now I am preparing to serve an honorable full time mission.

How I live my faith

I keep track of who needs help in the ward. If a member is moving homes I help, to gather other strong young men, to go and help the member. Sometimes just talking to other members and make them feel welcomed can make the difference.

What is being a Mormon like?

It can be hard being Mormon at times, the gospel is perfect, but people are certainly not perfect. However, salvation is personal, and if we stick to that and not worry about what other people think or say, and you focus on what is truly important, the gospel of Jesus Christ, the burden lightens. People always ask me the things we can't do, but I always say you must focus on the things you can do. Eventually, you reach a level in which you know exactly you can't do certain things. For example, everyone always asks "why we can't drink coffee?" The coffee itself scientifically is not as harmful as alcohol, but it can create a dependance. I know people who can't function throughout the day without a cup of coffee. The lord only gives us commandments so we can live a happy productive life, without being chained by addictions because when that happens you do not have the free will anymore. Show more Show less