Hi I'm Andrew
I'm 23 years old. Love playing basketball, working out and staying healthy. I love meeting new people, making friends, and doing different things to discover new talents. I'm currently in college studying Exercise and Wellness, hoping to become a physical therapist when I am finished with school.
Why I am a Mormon
I have always grown up around the church. I was baptized when I was eight years old, and even though my dad wasn't a member, we would still go to church as a family on occasion. Living with my grandparents helped for a short time because they got us in the habit of going every week, but when we moved away it slipped back into going every now and then. Even though I didn't go to church every single Sunday growing up, I was always involved with Boy Scouts. I felt a little out of the loop with the boys in my group because I felt that I was the one that would come sometimes while everyone else was there every Sunday. I remember one of my young men's leaders teaching a class asking everyone to raise their hand if they were going to serve a mission. Most of the hands went up, and mine was one that went up as well, but I didn't do it to try and fit in, it was a weird feeling. So I always knew going on a mission would be good, but I never fully understood why. Then while going at my first year in college, I talked to a girl I was interested in, though she wasn't a member, about dating. She asked me what I thought if we dated, and I remember telling her that we can, but either way I wouldn't be back the next semester for school because I was going to serve a mission for my church. She completely understood. However, that is when it hit me how strong my testimony was. I was willing to give up two years of my life, to serve God. I can't tell you how much serving a mission has changed my life. Different experiences helped me to not just believe, but KNOW, that God lives, that Jesus Christ is our Savior, that the Book of Mormon is true, and that God still speaks to us through men called prophets to guide us. I am SO grateful that even though I didn't fully understand why when I was younger, that I still had faith, and that faith has now strengthened more than I could imagine.
How I live my faith
In my ward, I have a couple responsibilities. I work with our full-time missionaries to find people open to learning more about Jesus Christ and the Church He established, as well as teaching those who are already investigating. I also have the responsibility to make sure that guys are going out and doing their home teaching, which is where they visit with other members in the ward to make sure they are doing okay, and to share spiritual thoughts to bring the members closer to their Savior. It is wonderful to see burdens lightened and spirits lifted just by going to visit someone to let them know that you are there for them. It can make a bigger difference than you think, especially with the struggles that we see many people go through today. It is just a testimony to me that we are all moving the work of God along just by reaching out to others in any way that we can. On top of callings in the church, I live my faith by example everyday. I'm a student at a local community college, and just look for opportunities to serve those who are struggling in any way. I love meeting new people and hearing of their experiences in life to show them how the gospel has helped them, even if they don't realize it. I try to be friendly to everyone, smile, and help where I can.