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Hi I'm Andrew

Being mormon is AWESOME

About Me

I'm a medical student. I grew up as the 11th of 13 children, yes 13. I have one mom and one dad, and there are no sets of twins, just one big family. I love my family and now have children of my own. I like to spend time outside. I enjoy running, cycling, wakeboarding, snowboarding, football, soccer, hiking, fishing and trying new things. I love meeting new people, learning their story and makes them do what they do. As a science major in college and now a medical student, I'm very interested in the connection between science and religion. I've learned through study, prayer and patience that science and faith can coexist. At times the two seem to be incongruent, and questions arise. When these conflicts occur, I've learned that sometimes it is alright to table a question for awhile until I mature and learn more. I can then revisit the question later and with added wisdom help to resolve it. I've been blessed beyond measure and I attribute any of my small success in life to my loving Father in Heaven. I strive to prioritize with God, family, then everything else and I've found that when I can do that, I'm pretty satisfied with life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this faith. My testimony of it's teachings has been tested on many occasions. I continue to assert my faith because the Holy Ghost continues to comfort me and fill me with light as I learn and study. I admire and respect many other religions and points of view, I have learned much from them, but this church continues to bring me joy, satisfaction, and understanding.... that's why I stay.

How I live my faith

I firmly believe in that which the savior taught in Matt. 25:40, "inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." First and formost I strive to show live my faith by the way I treat others and the interactions I have with God's children.

What is faith?

Faith by the definition of Paul is "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Heb. 11:1 Joseph Smith clarified by using the words, "the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." JST Heb 11:1 But what does that really mean? I will use one gospel principle to illustrate what it means to me... I hope that God is our loving Heavenly Father. I don't know that for a cold hard fact, I have a hope that it is true. What assures me of that hope? I have had numerous experiences in my life including answers to prayers, sacred experiences, and people in my life that have lead me to have the hope that God is there and he loves me. Each experience is a small evidence. Each time I feel God's love it adds to my "bank" of evidences of something that I can't see, in this case, that God is really there. With each evidence I receive more assurance in that thing that I hope for. And so the cycle continues, of receiving greater assurance, and obtaining more evidences of my hopes, that strengthens what I call my FAITH. This concept of faith applies to every true principle of the gospel. Why do I have faith in the book of mormon? Because I've gained actual assurance and evidences while I read it. The main evidence is that I feel good when I pick it up and study it. It works with every aspect of my faith. Bottom Line: My faith works for me, it's been tested. I feel close to God and I'm happy, that is my test. Show more Show less