Hi I'm Andrew Lawrence
I'm from a tiny town called Soap Lake, Washington. I graduated from a "big" class of 32 people. I love my family and love being around them, they all mean the world to me. I love swimming, especially cliff jumping, there's nothing better than jumping off a cliff and feeling the wind! I'm serving a full time mission in Minnesota learning Spanish. The whole Spanish part is pretty random for Minnesota but hey, here I am. I love being here at this time teaching the Spanish people!! And I absolutely love eating their food!! Before my mission I worked at McDonald's for two and a half years, nothing special but it was a job (: I also worked at a warehouse in Salt Lake for a while. I then worked for some bee keepers and that was a really cool learning experience! When I get home I want to start going to school to be an RN working in the emergency room or maybe even traveling around. To pass the time I like reading a good book, doing some sort of fun exercise, or just hanging out with some of my gente!
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because this church has really lifted me up in the past couple years of my life. Being born into the church doesn't mean that I'm automatically converted, sure I'm taught all of the principles and beliefs of the church from a young age but ultimatly it is my choice and my own choices that has led me to where I am today. I have done things in my life that I'm not proud of and I have hurt people. I know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ I can be forgiven and healed. I know this because I have gone through it, I have been touched by the Spirit of God and I know that He loves me. I know this not only from experience but also because of a scripture found in the Book of Mormon Alma 7 11 "And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people." We are all his people and he died for all of us. I know that Jesus Christ feels our pain and our sorrow perfectly. I am comforted from that because I know that He will always be there not only when I fall short but also when I lose a loved one of somebody hurts me also. I know this church to be true with all my heart, it has led me to understand myself a lot more than I ever did before and I will always be greatful to all that this Gospel brings to me in my life. I know that it can bless everyone in this world and bring them joy beyond comprehension. I have seen it happen, not only in my life but, also in others lives.
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
The plan of Happiness has changed me and has made me who I am today. I know that the Plan of Happiness is a perfect plan that our Heavenly Father created for all of us so we can some day return to live with Him. When I was younger I made choices that harmed not only my life but harmed others as well. The only way I could have ever relieved my soul from the feelings of guilt and shame that I felt was through Jesus Christ. I knew that there was a way but, at the same time I didn't feel worthy to even ask for help. I had allowed Satan to influence me and, I didn't even realize it at the time. It took a lot for me to come back to the church and seek forgiveness. But as I followed Jesus Christ and realized that I hurt others just as much as I hurt myself I knew that I needed to find a way to change and try to fix what I had done. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ and changing within myself I know that it's not some fairy tale, it's not made up, I know that we can be forgiven and that we can receive help from God and from Jesus Christ.
How I live my faith
I'm currently serving the Lord on a full two year mission. I love being on my mission. I get to know people and try my best to spread this Gospel that has blessed my life so very much. I'm a missionary to spread the word and help the Lord bless others. These years of my life are for the people whom I serve and the Lord. I do my best to continue becoming a better person. When I do something wrong I do my best to try and make it right. I try to help others as much as I possibly can.