Hi I'm Andrew!
I'm a dad, a husband, and a High School Spanish teacher. And, I'm proud to be a Mormon.
I grew up in rural Missouri, USA. I've also lived in Argentina, Oregon, Virginia, and Utah. I teach High School Spanish in a small high school. I love learning about other people, cultures, religion, history, and language. I completed a B.A. and a M.A. in Spanish. I've been married since 2004 and have three children.
I suppose a skeptic would think I am a Mormon because my parents were Mormon. It's true that I owe my faith in large part to their decision to become Mormon before I was born. However, the decision ultimately has been mine to be a Mormon and to continue to be a Mormon, and that decision is one that I've taken very seriously and that has been very central in my thinking and who I consider myself to be. I suppose the most crucial moment in my decision making process happened when I was about 14 years old. I was challenged by a church teacher to read the Book of Mormon for myself and to seek to know if it was indeed God's word like the Bible. I somewhat casually accepted the challenge, not really sure if I would have the motivation to carry it out. I started reading the Book of Mormon and then something rather miraculous happened to me—I couldn’t put it down! I hungered to read the Book of Mormon. I read it nearly every spare moment I had. I had many spiritual experiences while reading the book that witnessed to me it was true. When I finished reading I kneeled down and asked God if the Book of Mormon were really true. In answer the thought/feeling came into my mind: “Andrew, you already know it is true!” I thought, “Yes, I do! I have felt that time and time again." After finishing the Book of Mormon I pursued the Bible and the other scriptures. Before that school year had ended I had read all of the Book of Mormon, Bible, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. I saw how the Bible reaffirmed my faith in the Book of Mormon and in the Church. I came to know for myself that “Mormonism” was true. I continue to search the scriptures, pray, ponder, think, grow, and learn. I have read hundreds of books related to the church and Christianity in general. Time and time again my faith is reaffirmed in what I experience and learn. I continue to be Mormon because I continue to have experiences that reaffirm the witnesses I have already received.
I try to live my faith day to day in how I interact with other people and with God. Each day I spend some time in prayer, meditation, and scripture study. I try to seek God's influence in my life. I currently serve as a bishop of our LDS congregation. I spend several hours each week meeting and counseling with members of our congregation, as well as administering church programs and services. I try hard to live my life in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ. My faith isn't just a big part of my life, it is central to who I am and what I do.