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Hi I'm Alex

I'm an amateur musician from Meridian, Idaho. I'm a future missionary going to serve the Lord in Arkansas. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I play electric guitar and bass. I've sang in school choirs for five years. I have two younger brothers who play guitar and piano. I'm going to BYU after I return from my mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up with the church as a little kid. It's all I've really known. But I really didn't start to understand the church and why we do what we do until I was about twelve. I had some excellent youth group leaders that helped me understand that this church really is the true church of Jesus Christ. Throughout my life I've gained a testimony of its teachings, and I've seen how they help people's lives. I especially appreciate the word of wisdom. I've seen what alcohol and tobacco can do to people. I've also seen what not eating well can do to people. If I didn't know how important the word of wisdom is, I wouldn't be healthy enough to serve a mission. It takes time and faith to develop a testimony of commandments, but looking at your life and the lives of others around you can help you understand why Heavenly Father's commandments are so important to this church.

How I live my faith

My youth group and I help people move, help with yardwork, and serve in other ways. I help hometeach three families and an older lady in the ward. I'm part of my stake's youth commitee, and I help plan activities and events. I attend seminary during school, and I attend mission prep classes.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Alex
During the time of the New Testament, Jesus gave the priesthood, which is the authority to act in God's name, to his apostles and to others such as John the Baptist. These men had the authority to baptize people and to wash them clean of sins. But after Jesus was crucified and the apostles and prophets were killed, the priesthood disappeared from the earth because none of them conferred it to anyone else. Baptisms were done by other christian religions for many more years, but none of the people who baptized had the priesthood, and though their hearts were good and they wanted to help people wash themselves clean, they didn't have the authority to do it. They wanted the blessings of baptism, but they didn't have the authority to give or get them. A few years after Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, he was visited again by heavenly messengers, this time by John the Baptist and the apostles Peter, James, and John. These men gave the priesthood to Joseph Smith and he was able to baptize and give the priesthood to other people. If he hadn't received the priesthood, he wouldn't have been able to restore the church because he wouldn't have had any authority to do so. Show more Show less