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Hi I'm Andrew

I'm an attorney, father, and husband. Community, service, and family (and chocolate-covered nuts) are my passions. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and a father; and I love my wife and our children. If they feel loved, important, and empowered in some small ways because of me, I will feel like my life has been a success. I am a lawyer. I'm no Perry Mason, but more of a transactional attorney who is happy to see other attorneys have their day in court. Specifically, I help people plan for death (wills, trusts) and disability (powers of attorney, etc.); I engage start-ups and established companies with their legal needs; I assist clients with real estate transfers; and I facilitate the transfer of assets at death (probate) and help protect them when someone is disabled (guardianships/conservatorships). I try to be involved. Reaching out to and engaging with others enlivens me. So, I try to serve. Sometimes that is in the community through a non-profit, sometimes I'm helping someone connected with my faith. I'm a believer that the noblest service we give is at home. I love a good book and try to steal some time in one here and there.

Why I am a Mormon

I am like many whose parents were active in the faith when I was born and throughout my growing up years. I consider myself the benefactor of the examples of many. My parents - they did the best they knew how to encourage me to be faithful to the Savior and to live according to His gospel. My brother - I watched him serve a mission (well, I followed it via his letters). Seeing him return a changed man and then the many nights we stayed up late talking of the gospel - those experiences seared in me a desire to experience what he did. The Book of Mormon - I had always felt like I needed to read the scriptures daily. As a freshmen, I began the most diligent study of The Book of Mormon. That time coincided with my brother's mission, and like a perfect storm, showered me with spiritual experiences that solidified my faith in the Savior-centered messages and truth of The Book of Mormon. Witnesses along the way - Jesus taught "Seek and ye shall find." When I have sought Him - through scripture study, through prayer, through serving others - I have found peace. That peace is something indescribable. It is priceless. And there are countless times when I have diligently sought the Lord and His help and He has provided, He has answered. It is because of the above experiences and so many others that I continue my lifelong journey as a Mormon, i.e., a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

My mom once told me why she, as a teenager, first liked my dad. "He was nice." Doesn't sound like the most romantic of compliments, but I've remembered it. It seems to me that the best way I can live my faith every day is to just be kind to everyone, and especially to my family. Some other ways I live my faith include visiting a few families each month just to see how they are doing, both physically and spiritually. Over time, those relationships become a sweet and cherished part of my life. I also provide support to the missionaries who come from all over the world to serve in the Kansas City area. Sometimes they are young men, and at other times they are young women - all usually between the ages of 18 and 23 or so. They have given up two years of their lives (when they could be going to college, dating, working, etc.) to serve the Lord. It's an honor to help them as they give some of that sacred time here.