Hi I'm Andrea
I am currently a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Taiwan. Before becoming a missionary, I was a college student, studying Biology Education at Brigham Young University. I want to be a biology teacher who lives abroad. I love photography, reading, kids, playing the piano and sharing the gospel with others. I had the unique experience of living in China with my family and feel that this experience helped shape my life, as well as prepare me to serve a mission in Taiwan.
Why I am a Mormon
I grew up a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I always went to church with my family because it was what we did. When I came to college, I had to decide for myself if I was going to continue going to church or not, since there no longer was anyone to make me go. I decided I would keep going, and because of that, my testimony of my Savior Jesus Christ grew, and I learned of the truthfulness of His gospel. I learned the truthfulness of the Atonement and how vital it is in my life. I have gained a testimony of the Book of Mormon, and know that it tells of Christ and of His teachings. I am grateful for the example of my parents and their consistency in always taking me to church and teaching me about the gospel. I am a Mormon because I know my Savior lived and died for me, and I know that I am a child of God.
How has attending Church services helped you?
Attending Church services has helped me so much. Every Sunday I am able to meet together with other members who believe in the same things I do. We are able to worship together and support each other. I am able to partake of the sacrament which allows me to wash away my sins because I have been baptized.
How has the Holy Ghost helped you?
The Holy Ghost has helped me to know when the principles and doctrines I am learning are true. The Holy Ghost has also comforted me in times of grief or sorrow. He has helped me to feel peace in times of stress or discomfort. He helps me to share my testimony of the church with others and helps eliminate any fear I have in sharing the gospel.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
Mormons go on missions to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ to people and to invite people to come unto Christ. I served my own mission in Taiwan and it was such a blessing to be able to share with the Taiwanese people about the gospel, for it is something so special in my life, and it is something I hold dear to me.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by being an example to others, serving in my ward, and living the commandments and teachings that I am taught. I try to make sure that the way people see me, see my actions, are ways that the Lord would approve of. I have served in my ward by preparing the bulletin for Sunday meetings, which lets members of the congregation know who will be speaking, what songs will be sung, and any announcements that members of the congregation should be aware of, and was also a greeter on Sunday, so I got to say hello to everyone on Sunday at church, and welcome them to the service. I also served as a visiting teacher, someone who goes and visits two sisters each month, and helps them out whenever I can, and serves them to the best of my ability. I try to keep the commandments to the best I can. I am currently a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Being a missionary means that I am spending 18 months in Taiwan, where I will teach others about Christ and about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and invite them to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentence, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end.