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Hi I'm Andrew

I'm a civil servant, an air guardsman, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband, a public servant, and a full-time student. I'm also a member of the Air National Guard, and have served two deployments in Iraq. While most of my time is dedicated to work and school, in my free time I also enjoy snowboarding, hiking, camping, and genealogy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in various Christian dominations, and became generally uninterested when I was 12. However, throughout that time I periodically became interested in religion again, and when I was 18 I began a search. I wasn't sure what I was looking for, but I looked at the mission statements of a number of Christian churches, and looked into a large number of religions looking for something. One day a person I knew casually invited me to attend the Mormon church. I honestly didn't know anything about Mormons, except that they would sometimes knock on my door. I decided to go anyway, and in my first lesson there I knew I had found something different. Just walking in I felt something different, and there was something different about the people too. After the lesson, I felt as if someone had shown me something I had been in search of for a long time. I continued to attend and to learn, and my life has been blessed beyond measure.

How I live my faith

Most of my time in the church has been spent attending special congregations for young single adults, and in service member groups in Iraq. While at home and attending the young single adult congregation, I participated as an assistant group leader in the men's group. Our job was to organize service projects and gatherings that benefited not only the men's group, but our congregation or the community as a whole. I also participated in a program called home teaching, in which families or-in the case of a young single adult congregation, individuals-are visited by two members of the congregation. These visits help to ensure the welfare of the members of the congregation. They ensure that the members can receive the help or guidance they may need, no matter what it is. And while the home teacher may not be able to personally help with all issues, they can assist in finding the resources or people who may be able to help. They home teachers also bring an uplifting spiritual message with them, for the whole family. Being married and attending a regular congregation now, I continue to do home teaching.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Andrew
A "ward" is similar to a congregation in most Christian churches. It's made up of a group of people who attend church together. A "branch" is similar to a ward, but is used in areas where they may not be enough people to form a ward. It may also be used in circumstance, such as an assisted living center, where members may not be able to leave to attend church at a ward. A "stake" is made up of several wards, and possibly branches. Show more Show less