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Hi I'm Andrew

About Me

I believe in God. I married the woman of my dreams in May of 2010. I graduated from College with a Teaching History degree, and now I'm just looking for a job in that field. I love history and learning about other cultures, as well as theology and other culture's worldviews.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Mormon, raised by good parents and a compassionate congregation. Still, I fell into some pretty serious problems in my youth. I recognized how much I needed divine help in my life. I turned to God again when I was 18 years old, and I began to truly understand His grace. The counsel and advice my parents and church leaders gave when I was younger prepared me to receive God's enabling power, and helped me to "grow in the grace and knowledge of the Savior" (2 Peter 3:18).

How I live my faith

In addition from obvious practices such as reading scripture or praying, I have taught the youth in my congregation in the past. I was also the door greeter for a while, which was great fun. I got to meet all the new people visiting the church, and help them feel welcomed. All in all, one of the best ways to shows Christ's love for others.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Perhaps the clearest way to define grace, in Mormon terms, is to call it the enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Given that each person is imperfect due to the Fall of Adam, we fail constantly in our endeavors. This is most obvious in how we treat others (given that we're not nice all the time, etc). Therefore, the crux of being a Christian is calling upon Christ for His grace (or enabling power), to to overcome this life. Through this grace we are resurrected (return to life, which is impossible if Christ doesn't enable it), return to God's presence in Heaven (possible because Christ enables it), and overcome sin (because on my own I always go back to my weaknesses). Most of all, this grace is offered to us only because Jesus Christ suffered and died for our sins; had He not done that grace would not even be an option. Show more Show less