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Hi I'm Morgan Andrew

I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, my personal Savior, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I'm a self-proclaimed computer guru. I snowboard at any chance that I can get. I play the cello and mess around on the guitar, and in the meantime I go to college to become a 3D Animator. I've walked the streets of Ft. Worth, Texas for 2 years serving a mission for the Church and loved every muggy-hot-minute of it!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was born, and so I grew up attending this church. I've heard many a person say I've been brainwashed or tricked into it all. That I "had no choice" in the matter. Well, I did have a choice. And that choice came when I went to college. I went away to school, from Mom and Dad and the "protective social security net" that home provides, and discovered for myself that: I can be whoever I want to be in life! It's my choice! Isn't that wonderful? Well, I decided that I wanted to be "the Best ME," and I found that by living the standards of the Church, I was happier and at peace with myself and my style of living. During this time I took it upon myself to read the Book of Mormon all the way through. Up to this point I had never taken the opportunity, and so in the course of about 3-4 months I finished the book and said a silent prayer. I testify that God answers prayers, and that Jesus Christ's declaration, "Ask and ye shall receive. Seek and ye shall find. Knock and it shall be opened unto you," is more than just a cleverly phrased aphorism. It works. I know God lives. Christ said, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." That is how God answered my prayers.

How I live my faith

I just returned from serving a mission for the church in Fort Worth, Texas, but I've been involved here at home ever since I got back. I've spoken in the church service twice in the past month and taught a Sunday School lesson too. I've been involved in lots of service projects over the years too, trying to help those that need a hand. This weekend we will be doing a service project for one of the local national parks, cleaning and grooming the area to be used by visitors. It should be a lot of fun! My involvement in Church isn't the only thing that I do, however. I have a life outside of direct church activities, but in all things, I try to do what Christ would do. I want to say the things He would say and be a little bit better everyday to become more like Him.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Morgan Andrew
A "testimony" is the same thing as a "witness." When a Mormon says, "I have a testimony of the Church Book of Mormon, Restoration, Plan of Salvation, etc.," they mean to say that they KNOW those things are true, based upon personal experiences, often times very spiritual. Essentially, it means that that individual has felt the influence of the Holy Ghost confirm to them the Truth about their chosen topic, the Atonement of Jesus Christ being chief and central to all others. Refer to Peter's experience in gaining a "testimony." Matthew 16:13-17 Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Morgan Andrew
I LOVE this question! It was frequently asked during my mission in Fort Worth, Texas. Contrary to popular belief, Mormons are NOT REQUIRED to serve missions. In fact, many of my friends had desires to pursue a relationship and start their family life as opposed to going. Even without going, they are in full standing with the Church, and there is no negative feelings regarding the decision. Young Men are strongly encouraged to serve and are taught to feel obligated to do so, but it is not required. Young Women are also encouraged to serve should the opportunity arise, but they are not obligated to do so. Having served a mission myself, I now understand why young men are encouraged so strongly to serve. The growth, the experience, the life-changing perspective and trials teach a young man more in 2 years than he may learn in 10. He gets a chance to figure out who he really wants to be, and share his beliefs with those around him. It's a great experience, and I'll never forget mine! Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Morgan Andrew
That's a GREAT question! I think that part of the reason some people believe we are a cult comes from the building of Temples. Temples are sacred buildings that we believe are the House of the Lord, similar to the temples erected during the Old Testament in which Christ taught and performed much of his ministry. Christ often spoke of "His Father's House," and that is exactly what a Temple is. Anytime a new temple is built, it is open to the public for several weeks, if not months, for people to walk through and see every bit of it. However, after the open house, the Temple is DEDICATED to the Lord, making it a sacred place where only those who are worthy or in other words, are in good standing with the church and living by its principles are allowed to enter. This "secretiveness" is worrisome to some. "What are they doing in there? Why can't I go in? It must be something they don't want anyone else to see." So far from the truth! I would love to take all my friends and family to the Temple and show them what we do! However, as part of the ceremonies of the Temple none of which are vulgar, crude, revealing, or diabolic you make PROMISES to God called covenants that you will keep his commandments. If people are not prepared to make those promises, then why would I put them in a situation where they would feel obligated to make them? In general, I can understand the misconception, but the idea that Mormons are part of a cult is the result of a fear of the unknown. "Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27 Show more Show less