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Hi I'm Andrew

I was born and raised in Idaho. I'm college age, happy, and optimistic about the future. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm just finishing college. I enjoy playing the piano, playing sports, and playing chess. I grew up on a farm where I learned how to work hard. Fixing fences and feeding chickens and cows was a large part of my high school experience. I enjoy reading books and am very interested in the United States Constitution and preserving the rights expressed therein. I especially love being with my wife. My family is growing: my wife and I are expecting our second child soon!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm Mormon for many reasons. I personally believe that families should be together forever. I personally believe that God gave mankind prophets in the past and that if He is the same yesterday, today and forever, He would give us a prophet today because if there ever was a people, age, or generation that needed Divine help and guidance it would be ours. I believe God would follow His established pattern found clearly in the Bible and call a modern-day prophet. I personally believe that God would have a plan that is big enough for all of His children. I believe what the Bible teaches. These are some, not all, just some of my personal beliefs and one reason why I am drawn to Mormonism is because it is the only church I know that teaches that families can be together forever. Mormons are the only ones I know that believe God is still speaking today that He has a prophet receiving direct revelation on what Christ's church and the world as a whole needs to do to be happy and I cherish that. I want to be a part of a church that believes in God and believes that God believes in mankind. I believe in Mormonism because it is perfectly in line with my personal belief system. It is a church that creates a solid foundation for my spiritual life. I'm not that kind of person. I want to believe in my church wholeheartedly and believe what it teaches. I take the approach that God wants me to be happy. I believe He wants to lead me back to Him. I believe He sent His Son Jesus Christ to Atone for me. I believe Christ organized a church and extended an invitation to all the world to be a part of it. I also believe history proves the original church Christ established, with its attendant doctrines and ordinances, was changed and lost. Mormonism provides the answer to my question: Which one church on the earth today is authorized by Christ? I believe in Mormonism because it feels right. I feel good and I feel my Savior's love as I go to church and live the gospel.

How I live my faith

I am recently married and love spending time with my wife. Every Sunday I get to go to church with people just like me. People who are struggling with making life changing decisions, but who trust in the Lord and move forward. I am drawn to church every Sunday because when I leave I feel re-energized, rejuvenated, recharged. I don't know what I would do without church, it is an incredible experience being able be in a place every week with peers who want to improve themselves and those around them. Church has blessed my life. I invite Jesus Christ to guide my life everyday by reading the scriptures and praying.

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is one of my favorite books. When I feel overly stressed and need a place to relax I go to the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is a book of scripture like the Bible. Like the Bible it was written by prophets (inspired men of God). Like the Bible it is here for us to receive personal revelation. The difference between the Bible and the Book of Mormon is location. The Book of Mormon was written in the Americas at the same time much of the Bible was being written. I find answers to prayers when I read the Book of Mormon. I also seem to have better days when I read the Book of Mormon in the morning, even if what I read doesn't directly apply to what I am doing that day. The Book of Mormon is a guide for me in my daily life, a guide i desperately need and couldn't imagine going without. . Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

I love this question because I just finished two years of missionary service in Orlando, Florida. I can't speak for all missionaries, but I proselyted because I sincerely cared about the people. I wanted each one of them to come to know Christ as their Savior in a personal, more intimate way. I also felt it my duty to share with others freely what God has shared with me. I grew up in a family that lived, loved and taught the gospel of Jesus Christ and I wanted others to have the same happiness I have. I knew God would be pleased with my service and that I would learn a lot, but most importantly there are many people in Florida that now know Jesus Christ as their Savior and Redeemer. That is why I served a mission. It blessed my life and the lives of everyone I served. Show more Show less