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Hi I'm Alex

I'm an only child, I'm an aspiring web designer/animator, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am: a Brony (Rainbow Dash is best pony) a Utah Jazz Fan a Lover of Southern landscaping and lifestyle a College Student a Choir Singer a Former Tuba Player Part Italian (which I am proud of and want to learn more about) an aspiring Web Animator/Designer an only child (and partially grateful for it) an ex Mario Kart Wii Pro constantly trying to better my life and be an example to others and a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was originally born into the church. I went to church every week, but didn't really follow it's teachings as well as I should have. I dug myself into a rut that I couldn't escape. I didn't really have a true testimony of the gospel. Then I served a mission. The atonement then started to take effect in my life. I was enthralled by the evil of my "past life," but as I served a mission and stayed as close as I could to god, I started to see what this church was really about and started a serious repentance process. Through serving a mission, I've gained a strong testimony of the truthfulness of this gospel. I thank the lord everyday for the blessings he has given me. That's why I'm a mormon, not because I was born into it and followed my parents blindly, but because it's blessed my life, helped me become a better person, and continues to push me to do better every day.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by living it's teachings. No one is perfect, especially not me, but every day I try to be. I attend church every sunday, but I try to live it everyday. I also live to serve. If I didn't, then I wouldn't be living the teachings. Serving others with no personal gain, reward, or recognition is a core piece of the "pie" of this church. Service is the best way for one to spend their time, because "when you're in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your god." I also try to show Christ-like Attributes in my life, and I challenge myself to learn more about one and live it better each week. Needless to say, some weeks are better than others in that field, but I'm trying. What are Christ-like Attributes? Ways we should act, because that's how Jesus was. Basically an in depth analysis of WWJD. (What would Jesus do?) Example "CLA" list, most definitely not all inclusive: Faith, Honesty, Kindness, Hope, Charity, Love, Generosity, Knowledge, etc. You get the idea. Essentially, striving to become better and live better each day is the best way for me to live my faith.

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Alex
Heavenly Father (a.k.a. God) and Jesus Christ did. They used the boy named Joseph Smith as an instrument to restore it, but this church is the exact same church that Jesus Christ set up in his lifetime. It's his church. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Alex
Of course. We believe that the Bible is the word of God, just like the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Alex
The priesthood is the ability and authority to act for and in the name of god. An easy way to think of it is via everyones favorite person, the Ice Cream man. Imagine the Ice cream man catches you on the road going faster than the speed limit. He then tries to pull you over and give you a ticket...what would you say? I'd tell him to get lost. However, if that was a police officer, It'd be a whole different reaction. The police officer has the authority to give you that ticket, just like priesthood bearers in the mormon church have that authority to act in gods name. If someone doesn't have that authority, than it means nothing...just like the ice cream man's ticket. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Alex
Why not? God has given us everything including this earth and our lives. A meager 10% of our income is nothing in comparison. Besides, if you read in Malachi chapter 3, we'll get much more out of it than what we give. Even without that blessing I would gladly give it. The things the church does with that money, building temples, church buildings, and stuff like that, is reason enough for me. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Alex
It's a common name merely because we read the Book of Mormon. That is called the Book of Mormon because the ancient prophet who's name was Mormon was the one to compile it from many different records. However, we are not the "mormon church" and there is no such thing as "mormonism." The real name people should call us (because it is our name) is "members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints." Mormon is only a label placed by people that didn't know what else to call us. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Alex
Scripture quotes: "No unclean thing can dwell with god" "there must needs be a place of filthiness prepared for that which is filthy" So let's say sin makes us filthy....actually, sin DOES make us filthy and unclean. So you are driving on a 1 lane road behind someone that is going extremely slow. You naturally think a bad thought about them. Well, you just sinned, and without the Savior, you'd be going to hell. That is why we need a savior. Otherwise we would all be going to that "place of filthiness." Christ took upon himself all the sin of all the world because no one in the world is perfect. If we use the atonement to it's full advantage, then we can dwell in the presence of god and enjoy "happiness in this world, and eternal life in the world to come." Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Alex
Or were they? Think about it. Why would god give all that revelation to them back then and not us? Because he likes them more? Because we aren't as important? Christ has set up the same organization now as he had then, and it only makes sense. Very logical sense. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Alex
A ward is a congregation, A branch is a smaller sized congregation, and a stake is a "group" of wards and/or branches. They are all based on geographical location. There isn't a single inch of this world that isn't covered by boundaries in some ward or branch. If you are curious as to what ward/branch you would belong to, use the "find a church" option under "visit us." Each ward, branch, and stake has certain leaders that help direct that congregation in place of the prophet. I would highly recommend talking to these people if you want to learn more about what a ward branch or stake is. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Alex
No. "God is no respector of persons," so why should we be? Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Alex
Because it comes directly from god via our modern living day prophet that we should. Even aside from that, it's a very wise practice that everyone should be involved in for those "unexpected emergencies." It's a way to keep ourself alive if we have no other option. Personally, I'd vote for staying alive. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Alex
The atonement is comprised of 3 main events. Namely: Jesus Christ's suffering and prayer in the garden of Gethsemane, his crucifixion on the cross, and his resurrection 3 days later. It was necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice himself so that we wouldn't get punished for our sins. He is that mediator that will give us relief in our day of judgement. Everyone sins and will be held accountable for those sins UNLESS we follow the saviors teachings. This comes through our faith and our action to show our faith. If we don't live our life according to gods teachings, then we can't expect him to "save us in our sins." It just doesn't work like that. This punishment is more than "beating us with a few stripes," this is eternal damnation. Without the atonement, none of us would be able to experience the eternal joy and happiness that is in store for us. I am so grateful for the atonement. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Alex
So imagine there's this really nice guy, an amazing person, that lives on an island that we haven't discovered yet. He never hears about Jesus Christ, or gets the full opportunity to learn about him. He dies, and gets sent to hell for not getting baptized or believing in Christ. Hardly seems fair. Baptisms for the dead are in place to give those people who didn't get baptized on this earth a chance to accept the gospel. They still have the choice to accept it or not, but this gives them the opportunity to, whereas otherwise, they would be unjustly dealt with. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Alex
One word: Everything. Look around you. Everything on this earth is placed here perfectly. Even the exact spot where the earth is in accordance to the sun is perfect. The stars, clouds, circle of life, food chain...everything lives in harmony. Statistically, the chance of the earth existing on a completely random basis is too little to calculate, then add in it's perfect distance to the sun, the way everything is made, the way everything lives and works together, the way humans are made and the high functioning capacity we have, along with the fact that our bodies work to help us live, and add that to every living creature on earth, and make sure that there is no identicalness between hundrads of thousands of billions of living creatures, not even within the same species. Statistically, that COULDN'T have happened at random. God lives. Show more Show less