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Hi I'm Andrew

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Right now I'm on a mission for the Mormon church. Before that, I went to college to study bass guitar performance. I love to play and to listen to music, especially jazz and classical. I love literature, especially classics and poetry from the great Russian authors. I am fascinated by people and I think I might like to study psychology.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ want me to be, and I love Them and want to please Them. I'm a Mormon because the Church taught me about the greatest blessings I can imagine: returning to Their presence to live with Them again in perfect harmony and happiness, living with my family after this life, continuing to learn and grow and perfect myself, and helping others along the way. I'm a Mormon because the Church contains all the doctrines and ordinances that are necessary to gain those blessings.

How I live my faith

Right now I am serving as a Mormon missionary in a big industrial city called Donetsk in the former Soviet republic of Ukraine. That means that I am sharing my testimony of my spiritual experiences and my relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost with anyone who wants to hear!

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Andrew
There are no such restrictions. God doesn't look at the outward appearance or race or color of people; instead what are important to him are the thoughts and feelings and deep desires of the heart. The Mormon Church accepts all people who sincerely want to find God, who desire to find the peace that Jesus Christ promised and are willing to do it by being humble, repenting, and keeping the commandments. We love you! Come, join in the sweet blessings and friendships that can be had in the Church! We want you to be happy, whoever and wherever you may happen to be. We promise to do everything we can to help you experience the blessings that are available from the gospel of Jesus Christ that was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Andrew
I can only give one concrete and satisfying answer to the question in many people's mind about polygamy, as follows: The early Mormons practiced polygamy because God commanded them to do it. The God of Israel, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the God who spoke in the Bible, the God who created the Earth, the heavens, and all mankind speaks to people through mouthpieces or prophets. He doesn't appear personally to every person and he doesn't write his commandments in big, flaming letters in the sky so everyone can see, no - he speaks through people who he chooses. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, a mouthpiece who was fully authorized to speak the mind and will of God to all who would listen. I do not understand completely why God commanded the early Saints to practice polygamy, but I know that God is wiser than I am, and that obedience to His commandments brings blessings. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Andrew
The Book of Mormon was written by people who lived on the American continent thousands of years ago. They loved God, they had faith in salvation through Jesus Christ, and they kept the commandments. They also had the unique opportunity to see our time and the state of our world. God showed them what problems and difficulties we would face, and they knew the truth about the only way we could overcome them. They loved us; they wrote the Book of Mormon to leave us instructions about how we could gain peace and joy despite a tide of evils that would threaten our hope for the future. I know that the Book of Mormon is true because when I follow the example of the great men and women whose histories are written in the Book of Mormon, when I show the kind of faith and obedience that they showed, I feel spiritual power, comfort, and an assuredness that God and Jesus Christ are aware of me and they are willing to protect me and help me stand no matter what comes. Show more Show less