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Hi I'm Andrew

I'm a poet, a writing teacher, a baking enthusiast, and a Mormon.

About Me

Right now, I'm working towards a master's degree in poetry writing. When I'm not studying or writing for my own classes, I'm usually planning lessons, grading, or leading discussion in the undergraduate writing class that I teach. When I'm not doing any of those things, I might be baking, learning about scientific discoveries, playing the violin, or even just looking out the window, watching creation move. With all the busyness and work that clamors for my attention, I've come to learn that things go better and that I feel happier when I invite God's help through small and simple acts like starting my day with prayer or spending my Sunday morning at church. I know that He wants to help us succeed in all that we do, and I know that He does help us when we invite His loving influence into our lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because my own experience has taught me that the gospel of Jesus Christ as taught in His Church is good and true. I don't see faith as a matter of scientific inquiry. While it's true that physicists will probably never discover God's signature on a subatomic particle or that historians may not find irrefutable evidence for the events recorded in the Book of Mormon, I'm not troubled by the lack of empirical evidence: my own lived experience more than compensates for the gaps left by secular scholarship. I know that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are true because my own efforts to live by the principles they teach has changed my life for the better. I know that the power of prayer is real because I've seen my own sincere prayers answered in merciful and undeniable ways. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior because I've felt the peace and relief that come from trusting Him and from giving the burden of my sins and sorrows to Him. I know that He has called prophets and apostles, restoring His Church to the earth, because the lessons I've learned from His servants have improved my life in ways both great and small. Because my own efforts to live the gospel have yielded the fruits of confidence, direction, peace, and comfort, I know that the principles of the gospel are true. I know they're good. I know that the God who authored them lives and that He loves each of His children. This is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My faith, though relatively simple, forms the foundation of my daily routine. I firmly believe that even small things can make a big difference in our lives and that our loving Heavenly Father is committed to helping us in every aspect of our lives. I live my faith, then, by finding ways to put it to work. Even in something as non-religious as planning a lecture, I've found inspiration and success by praying for God's help as I outline lessons. Thanks to His infinite kindness and grace, I've been able to accomplish more—academically, socially, professionally, and spiritually—than I ever could have on my own. Beyond that, I try to live my faith by sharing the joy and understanding that it brings me. Whether doing something as small as greeting a colleague by name in order to affirm their worth or something as simple as blogging about a principle of the gospel that excites me, I've found my faith strengthened and deepened through my efforts to share it. Because the gospel brings me happiness, peace, and confidence, I try to share such feelings with those around me, spreading goodness around in quiet, individual ways.