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Hi I'm Alex

I grew up in Hawaii, raised my family in California working as a welder, and play the ukulele. Now I live in Utah. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up in Hawaii I loved spear fishing, net fishing, body surfing, and sports. I was the oldest child and we all worked hard helping family businesses chopping trees for firewood and fence posts and farming. As young teens we worked for our grandpa in his construction business building roads and clearing land. At an early age we drove heavy equipment. My first musical performance was playing the ukulele on the May Day program when I was in second grade. As a teenager I taught myself guitar, piano, and accordion. I played with an adult group in my grandma's restaurant. When I was 17 I joined the Hawaii Army National Guard. I earned football scholarships to 3 universities. I wanted to become a PE teacher and coach. But just as I was to start at the University of Hawaii my parents decided to move to Southern California and said I had to go with them to help them relocate. I worked days and learned machining and welding at night, I worked in welding for 32 years. During part of that time I continued in the National Guard and my brothers and I had a group playing Hawaiian and contemporary music in nightclubs and other places. I married my high school sweetheart and we had 8 children. After I had been inactive in church for 16 years since age 13, my Catholic wife listened to the missionaries and she and our oldest children were baptized and later the family was sealed in the temple. After 46 years of marriage she passed away. Eight years later I was blessed to marry again.

Why I am a Mormon

Many things happened about the same time when I had been inactive since age 13. An inspired bishop assigned a wonderful, friendly home teacher. I knew he was assigned to come by the church but he came as a friend. For many months he didn't even talk about the church. We had neighbors who took the children to Primary and my oldest daughter told us she liked the way prayers were said--not read out of a book. About that time my wife became dissatisfied with the Catholic priest and so when missionaries knocked on our door she let them in. My wife and children were taught by the missionaries. She and the three older ones were baptized the same day. I have been active since that time. I didn't have a testimony when they were baptized. I gained a testimony by attending church meetings and learning more about the gospel. As I started serving I learned even more about the gospel and my responsibilities. I started using my priesthood to serve others. About two years after my wife was baptized we starting taking the temple preparation class. Traveling to the temple for the first time was a challenge. The adversary was trying to discourage us and we almost turned back. Even when we got to the temple grounds I almost gave up but didn't want to disappoint the leaders that had helped us prepare to be there. The minute we entered into the temple all the bad feelings left and it was a wonderful day. I felt this is the place. I have faithfully attended the temple regularly since that day and still feel that same spirit.

How I live my faith

When my children were growing up I was an assistant coach for my sons' football teams and referred basketball and volleyball games at church. I have trained as a CERT volunteer to help in emergencies. After my wife was baptized we taught a children's class together on Sunday. I was a Webelos leader in Cub Scouts. I served three times as a stake missionary. I served in leadership positions in California and also in Utah. One of these positions was working with teenage boys. I have served in the Los Angelos Temple and the Logan Temple. I live my faith by being obedient to my priesthood, my parents, the gospel, Jesus Christ and my Heavenly Father. I live my faith by serving others not only when it is an assignment but whenever there is a need. That is how I try to be Christ-like.