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Hi I'm Alex

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. I love hiking and playing guitar. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Most of my life, I was raised in a small town in Washington state. I developed a lot of close relationships with friends that I still talk to today. I wouldn't be where I am today without my friends and family. Once I graduated school, I went to college in Hawaii intending to play soccer. Unfortunately, health issues prevented me from playing soccer in college, and at this point, forever. But all is well, and I have turned to hiking as one of my favorite hobbies. I love being rewarded with an amazing viewpoint or waterfall after putting in hours of hard work. I also love to play guitar and create music. I'm not saying I want to be a rock star someday, but I love to play for fun. And because I love music and play guitar, going to concerts and seeing live bands is one of my favorite things to do. I've seen a variety of concerts scenes, ranging from big arenas with Twenty One Pilots and Journey to small concert venues with bands that barely anyone has even heard of (Real Friends, This Wild Life, The Maine, Pvris, Tonight Alive...This is only a short list). Currently I am leaving on a two year mission to New York, New York to speak Spanish. My departure date is September 21st and I am stoked to serve the people in New York.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the happiness it brings into my life. Although I was raised in the church, I didn't fully understand why people were Mormon until I was 14 years old. At this point in my life, I was struggling and I needed something to lean on. I always leaned on my parents for help, but it seemed as if they weren't stable to help. So I made the decision to lean on the gospel, and I can say that was one of the best decisions I ever made. By leaning on Christ and on the gospel, things started looking up better than ever! I feel so much joy and peace being Mormon and my struggles no longer seem so burdensome. And now, when life hits hard, I tackle it back by leaning on Christ every time. Whether it is a huge significant event (like finding out soccer is no longer in my future) or something so small, I ask for help to rise up and push through. Some people ask me why I'm giving up two years of my life to serve a two year mission in New York, New York. Well first, I don't feel like I'm giving up anything. I couldn't be more privileged and honored to go serve a mission! Second, I had a hard decision to make between going back to school or going on my mission. Logically, going back to school and finishing my Associates is the smarter decision.

How I live my faith

I participate in my community by serving and by going to church daily. When I was 14 years old, I led an Eagle Scout Project where I designed and installed benches on a trail in my home town. This is only one big example of a service project I participated in, but the small projects like cleaning up a person's yard, or planting flowers are the one's I take the most pride in. How often is it that the small things get overlooked!