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Hi I'm Alex

I’m a writer, programmer, artist, athlete, musician, and theme park enthusiast. I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I’m a college student at Brigham Young University, studying Computer Science: Animation Emphasis with a dual minor in Creative Writing and Mathematics. I love designing imaginative worlds, and I want to build my career in the entertainment industry. I also have a passion for theme parks and roller coasters, and I would love to design and open my own theme park resort one day. When I was a sophomore in college, I had the privilege of visiting a data center. When I first stepped inside, it was like entering another world. It was amazing. I guess that technology is just something for which I’ll never lose my sense of wonder. This finalized my decision to work with technology, and to apply my creativity to the logic of computers. I also write sci-fi, fantasy, romance, and poetry, and I love making both 2D and 3D digital art. When I am not doing these things, I also play 3 instruments , sing, run, hike, lift weights, build Legos, practice lucid dreaming, and read books, fanfiction, and webcomics. I enjoy video games and cartoons, and I also study other areas of science: dinosaurs, personality theory, abnormal psych and true crime, astronomy, marine biology, and geology, to name a few. Music is an important part of my life, too. I love electronic, nu metal, symphonic metal, hard rock, rap, and horrorcore, with some pop and country here and there. There seems to be never enough time to do everything that I love - it’s a lot - but it certainly won’t stop me from trying!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 11, I was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder. I had developed severe anxiety that kept me up late at night, and sometimes my hands would bleed from how much I washed them. I was also bullied in middle school. People would trip me, throw food and rocks at me, and spit on me. I felt a lot of despair during this time of my life, and I had a very low opinion of myself. As I grew older, I struggled a lot with the concept of imperfection. When your greatest passion is designing imaginative realms, it’s hard to look at the real world around you and see everything that it lacks. I believed that I'd never find the girl that I was looking for, that I'd never overcome my shyness, and that I'd be forever imprisoned by the mundanity of everyday life. I wasn’t sure that God loved or cared about me, even though I believed in him. And I was wrong. My perspective began to change when I stumbled on a scripture, D&C 121:7-8: “My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.” From that, I learned that God loves me. God truly knows our “every thought and every care.” When you are forced to battle your demons completely alone, because your trials simply aren’t something that other people can understand, God is with you. And Jesus Christ understands what you are going through, because he has lived every single second of your life. We are not mediocre. We are children of God. That’s more than just a cute catchphrase — it’s something that is very real. We have the potential to be like God ourselves one day, which means that we can do extraordinary things. Ultimately, I’m a Mormon because during the darkest times of my life, God has helped me. Living my faith is my way of paying him back — of thanking him for everything. And I’m a Mormon because I have hope in a wonderful life after death, and peace in this world.

How I live my faith

I served a two-year mission for the Lord in Denver, Colorado. While it was an amazing experience, it’s even more important to study my scriptures daily, and communicate with my Heavenly Father on a daily basis through prayer. Helping others is also important. As the saying goes, no man is an island. So I try my best to help pull people through their difficult times.