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Hi I'm Alex

I am from Arizona and lived in Santiago, Chile my freshman year in high school. I like all water sports. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just graduated from high school. I sang in my school's honor choir and like to do high adventure activities like kayaking and scuba diving. I'm also an Eagle Scout. I will be spending the next 2 years of my life serving the people in the Maryland Baltimore Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am looking forward to serving, helping, and lifting the people of that area.

Why I am a Mormon

My testimony of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints came while living in Santiago, Chile. We were there for one year for my dad's work. I was able to see for myself how the gospel of Jesus Christ can bring joy to people who do not have a whole lot of reasons to be joyful. They live with nothing, and yet have everything. Watching the church help others in need, regardless of their faith, helps me understand and feel that we are His hands on this earth. I grew up in the church, so my testimony formed little by little. When I was taught principals as a child, they just made sense to me. I felt in my heart that they were true. As I've gotten older, I have had opportunities to see how much the Lord wants to help each of us grow. I know that through trials He is there for us. It is through these struggles that we grow. I remember hatching little chicks in my kindergarten class. We watched as those little chicks struggled to break free from their shells. My teacher taught us that we couldn't help them break out, that they needed to do it themselves so that they would get stronger. That reminds me of trials that we face. We have struggles so we can be stronger. We can pray for help and the Lord will guide and direct us. He will give us peace, but he may not remove that trial, because it might be something we need to help us be stronger. I believe that The Church of Jesus Christ is true. For the next 2 years, I will invite others to hear the message about what I know. I know it can give them peace and joy like nothing else on this earth.

How I live my faith

I may only just be out of high school, but have had many opportunities to serve. In my church, we have peer leaders that are overseen by adults. I was a counselor in my class presidency, it was our job to plan and carry out activities, reach out to the boys in our class and help them feel welcome, make sure that their spiritual and temporal needs are being met, and report back to our adult leaders. We are often asked to help in the community to provide service. Typically this involved yard work and other types of manual labor, for people needing a little extra help in our area. My scout troop allowed us to serve in the community often. We would do service on at least a monthly basis. We bonded as a troop as we served others and felt the spirit of our Father in Heaven as we were able to be His hands on this earth. One of the great things our church does is assign what we call a set of "Home Teachers" to each family in our membership. I was able to be one of these Home Teachers with my dad. It was our responsibility to visit the 4 families under our stewardship monthly, and report back to our leadership how they were doing physically, emotionally, spiritually, etc. It was our responsibility to reach out to them. To look for opportunities to serve. We would share a spiritual message with their family when we visited. If we saw a need, we filled it. If they needed something, we were the first people they would call. It was through this service that my dad and I were able to help an older woman who cared for her handicapped husband. We did things like yard work, putting up and taking down Christmas Lights on her house, moving furniture, etc. I always felt uplifted after helping her. I think serving others brings us closer to our Heavenly Father.