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Hi I'm Alexander

I'm a son and older brother and I love my family. I am on a mission to share the gospel in Atlantic Canada. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California and Central Utah. I was homeschooled for most of my youth and enjoyed it a lot; I treasured the time I had with my family. I have been called to preach the gospel in the Canada Halifax Mission. Afterwards I will be attending Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where I plan on majoring in computer science. I was a Boy Scout and earned the rank of Eagle. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, board games (especially chess), ultimate frisbee, and especially playing and writing songs on the piano.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because, first and foremost, I know that Jesus Christ gave His life for me. By doing so, He allowed me the privilege of repenting when I make a mistake, a privilege that I desperately need because I make mistakes all the time. He also strengthens me, comforts me, and helps me though life's challenges and trials. This is an incredible act of love on His part, and because He did this, He has the right to give me commandments. Therefore, I follow His commandments to the best of my ability. Obeying these commandments leads to happiness in this life and literally endless happiness in the next life. I am a Mormon because I know this is true. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that God spoke through Him as He speaks though living prophets today. I know that the Book of Mormon is truly the word of God. I know that the Mormon Church, properly known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the Lord's true Church on this earth. God has made these things known to me with many powerful witnesses, and there is no question in my mind of their truthfulness. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have a high standard of living and find it very rewarding. Even though my friends often will watch movies, play video games, or do other things that look fun, I always try to make sure those things are worthy of my time before participating in them. My parents taught me from a young age to use clean language, to speak kindly, and to be a good example. I follow this guidance every day as much as I can. I attend church every week so I can rededicate my life to God and learn how I can be a better person. I am often called upon to speak in church or to help teach church classes such as sunday school. When I do so, I strive to have the companionship of God's Spirit so I can reach out to everyone as God would want me to. I also serve the Lord in church meetings by accompanying the congregation on the piano or organ. As a Mormon, I believe strongly in the importance of family. My family means the world to me and I believe that as I do my part, we can strengthen each other and help each other grow and become better and better every day. I enjoy giving service to those around me, especially my family. Another way I live my faith is by sharing it with other people so they too can receive the joy that has come into my life. I have been called to serve a mission to do so and I glory in that calling. Heavenly Father has blessed my life in so many ways and I feel it an honor to dedicate my life to Him.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Alexander
Studying the scriptures earnestly every day will help you keep your life in harmony with the gospel of Jesus Christ, which will bring happiness and peace to your life. It will help you have the Holy Ghost with you more and will give you experience in feeling its influence. The scriptures will guide you through life's greatest challenges and times of pain and grief. You will feel Heavenly Father's love more as you study His word and open yourself to Him thereby. My life has been blessed tremendously by reading these sacred texts and I know that it is critical for us to study them frequently. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Alexander
A testimony is knowledge or belief in truth. It comes from faith in Jesus Christ and is confirmed by the Holy Ghost, who is the true source of testimony. My testimony consists of truths that I hold very dear and that bless my life, such as the reality of God and Jesus Christ. My testimony is a strength to me. It is firm enough that there is absolutely NOTHING that can ever shake it. No matter what life throws at me, no matter how dark the night ever gets, my testimony will remain my rock. I can always rely on it. Anyone can gain such a testimony by praying to Heavenly Father for one and exercising faith. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Alexander
The Savior has taught us that baptism is essential to enter the Celestial Kingdom of God (John 3:5) and He showed us the way by being baptized himself "to fulfill all righteousness." (Matthew 3:15) God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34, D&C 38:16) and therefore wants all His children to have the chance to be baptized and enter His kingdom. Those who have died without having had the opportunity to be baptized will be given this opportunity, because God loves them just as much as He loves the living. This important opportunity comes in the form of baptisms performed by the living on behalf of the dead. Show more Show less