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Hi I'm Andre

I'm an Analytics Consultant in the financial services industry, I'm a video gamer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have been married for 6 years and we currently have one son. I work full-time in the back office of a large national brokerage firm, leading a small team of people. I also attend school part-time in the evenings, working towards completing my Bachelor's degree. In the spare time I can find, I enjoy playing video games on the computer, watching movies, learning to maintain my car (I can now change the oil!) and working on various projects around the house.

Why I am a Mormon

Put simply, I was raised a Mormon because my Mom was Mormon. I am now a Mormon because I know for myself that this is the Lord's church. I was an active member of the church until I was about 16 years old. At that time I decided I no longer wanted to go to this church, or any church for that matter. I wanted to live life how I thought it should be lived, regardless the consequences. Fast-forward two years. I was successful. I lived life exactly how I wanted to: "eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die..." as the scriptures say. Instead of finding happiness living life the way I wanted to, though, I found only grief and pain. I had lost the trust of my mother, let down my family, alienated my friends. I had done everything and anything I wanted for 2 years, truly believing that I would find happiness at the end of that road. When I reached the end, and found only bitter sorrow, I realized that the happiness I was searching for can only be found by following the path that leads to Christ. I was raised on that path and had willfully removed myself from it. When I reached rock-bottom, I had to make another willful choice--this time to put myself back on that path. Over a decade has passed since I made that choice and I have come to know what my mother knew all along--the way to happiness is through the teachings of Christ, and the only place to find ALL of His teachings is through His church. That's why I'm a Mormon. Because this church is Christ's church.

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church, I have the opportunity to fill various roles in the congregation. In the past I have been an Assistant Scoutmaster for our local troop of Boy Scouts, taught the 12-13 year old boys in Sunday School and been in charge of coordinating missionary efforts amongst our members--fortunately not all at the same time. In my current duties, I actually fill two roles. I teach the Sunday School class to the adults, which is a challenging responsibility that has had the benefit of getting me to focus much closer on the scriptures that I teach than I normally would. I also am an Assistant Clerk, with the responsibility of taking notes during leadership meetings and following up on various assignments given. This has allowed me to get to know the leaders of our congregation in a new way, and has strengthened my faith as I have seen the Lord direct this small part of his flock through these men.

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

The easy answer to this is "everything." That's not incredibly helpful, though, so I'll answer though my own experience. The way I know there is a God is through experimentation. Not the scientific ones we normally think of, but an experiment on the word of God as contained in the scriptures. The prophet Alma in the Book of Mormon compares this experiment to planting a seed and waiting to see if it grows. If it does, then you know the seed is good. The seed I chose to plant was repentance. The Bible teaches that true repentance cleanses us of our sins (Isaiah 1:18 "...though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow..."), and that through the remission of our sins we find peace. So I went through the process of repentance, trying to right all the wrongs I had done and working to become more Christ-like in my attitudes. As I looked back from time to time to examine my progress I would ask myself if the seed I planted was good. The answer kept coming back that yes, it was good. I had planted the seed of repentance and was now watching as it began to grow and provide me inner-peace. This same experiment can be tried in any number of ways on any number of teachings. That the individual seeds I plant, grow, tells me there is a God and He has provided us purpose and guidance and instruction for our life here because we are His children. Show more Show less