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Hi I'm Andrew

I'm an inventor designing the next generation of batteries. I'm a world traveler. I believe deeply in Christ. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

There are three things that really describe me. First I am a scientist. From the time I was little I have always wanted to be an inventor. I took every science class I could in high school, and in college jumped into a rigorous program in Physics, which has led into my current position as a Ph.d in material science developing the next generation of batteries. The second thing that really describes me is my love of exploring other countries and their cultures. I spent two years as a missionary in Japan, fell in love with the country, the people, the food (Japanese food is the best in the world!) and the culture. I then started studying Chinese and spent a semester abroad in Nanjing China. I was able to travel all over China, from the great wall of China, to the heights of the yellow mountains, and to the southern iconic peaks of Guilin. Discovering new countries and cultures is like discovering a new part of myself. The third thing that describes me is how much I love spending time with my family. I am number 4 of seven children, and am the uncle of two nieces and two nephews. The biggest highlight of going home is getting to play with my little monsters. And some of the sweetest memories I have are of all of my siblings and my parents sitting around the dinner table late at night after all the little ones are off to bed just joking and talking about anything and everything.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a family that were strong believers in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. When I was 14 I first started to study the Bible and the Book of Mormon on my own, while studying the scriptures I started to feel a deep feeling of gratitude for Jesus Christ, this led me to pray deeply to my Heavenly Father in thanks. For the first time I received a deep and personal feeling in direct answer to my prayer. I knew that God lived and that he cared about me personally. In many ways this experience became the starting point on a journey that has lasted since then. At that time I made a commitment that I would do all I could to share the blessings I had received with others. So they too could come to know of Jesus Christ. That led me to spend two years serving my God as a missionary, devoting all of my time to studying the scriptures, praying and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who had never had a chance to learn of it before. During this time, I saw incredible miracles in the lives of people as they embraced the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and came to know God loved them. There was a light that started to come on in their eyes, and in their smiles. And these experiences only increased my own personal desire to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ with all my heart. My desire to continue to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ is strengthened each day as I read the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and listen to the words of modern day prophets and apostles. The experiences I have while studying the scriptures fill me with peace, and strength, that act as a firm foundation as I go about the rest of my activities each day. I have a firm belief the God is my Father in Heaven, and that he knows me personally, and that He sent His Son Jesus Christ to pay the price for my sins. I know that just as he blesses my life each day as I strive to keep the commandments, and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ, so to he will bless everyone who does likewise.

How I live my faith

My faith is an integral part of my life. Every day brings its own unique challenges and difficulties, but daily living of my religion gives me extra strength to overcome challenges, and gives a deep sense of peace and happiness even when those challenges seem to be more than I can handle. My regular work days always starts by communicating with my Heavenly Father, through scripture study and prayer. At work I strive to work my very hardest, and try to be completely honest, and kind in my daily dealings with those I work with. Sunday's are the most special day of the week for me. In order to keep the sabbath day holy, I never do any work on Sundays and try to fill it with activities that draw me closer to Jesus Christ. Every Sunday starts with going to church. In addition I volunteer to help out at church for a few hours, and often invite friends over for dinner at night. Keeping Sunday focused on the Savior, makes it the nicest, and most peaceful day of the week, and gives me a much needed mental and spiritual recharge for the rest of the week. In addition to these daily and weekly activities, I live my faith by striving to keep the commandments of Jesus Christ set forth in the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and as revealed by modern day revelation. This includes trying to be kind to everyone, taking opportunities to help others whenever they need it, to donate money to good causes, to respect women in all ways, to abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages, coffee, non herbal tea, smoking, and recreational use of drug, among others. Although many may see these commandments as stringent, they give me great confidence, freedom, and most importantly I find that as I live this way I am incredibly happy. The end result of every aspect of living my religion really is that I feel more at peace with my life, and I feel a greater sense of purpose, and happiness.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Andrew
We believe that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. We believe that he came to earth as the Son of God, to a mortal mother Mary. We believe he lived a perfect life, that he showed us an example of how to live, and how to love, and finally he came to cap his perfect life with the ultimate expression of his love, he laid his life down for us that we could be saved both from sin and death, and again return to live with him, and with our Father in Heaven. After he was crucified we believe he was resurrected, and because of his resurrection each of us will be resurrected as well. Because of Jesus Christ, each of us can find a deep sense of peace, both from sin and from all sorrows, and we can find a wonderful purpose in this life. Furthermore, because of Jesus Christ, the peace and happiness that we find here can continue on with us forever. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Andrew
Joseph Smith, was a normal farm boy born in the early 1800's to a loving and Christian family. He grew up reading the Bible with his family, and often attended the church services of various sects. When he was approaching his 14 year, he started to search deeply and earnestly for the truth, wondering "how can I receive salvation?". While he was searching he came across the scripture James 1:5 "if any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God who giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him." He determined to ask of God, and when he did so, he saw God the Father, and his son Jesus Christ in person. He was called as a prophet of God, and was subsequently led to restore Christ's church as it was in the time of the Apostles. As evidence of his divine mission he was led by an angel to find an ancient record of some of the ancient peoples of the Americas, in it they contained another record like the Bible of God's dealings with man, and even include a visit of the resurrected Jesus Christ to those ancient inhabitants of the Americas. Anyone who prayerfully reads that book, the Book of Mormon, will draw closer to Jesus Christ, have a stronger desire to follow his teachings, and can come to knowledge that God again leads and guides his modern day church through modern day apostles and prophets. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Andrew
The Book of Mormon is a sacred book of scripture comparable to the Bible. It was written by prophets. The first prophet who contributed to the book of Mormon was a contemporary of the prophet Jeremiah, and was warned by God of the impending destruction of Jerusalem and the imminent captivity of the Jews. He was then directed by God to take his family and leave Israel. He and his family were led to the American continent by the power of God, and there formed a great nation. The Book of Mormon recounts that journey, and chronicles the most important spiritual and historical events in their history. Most notably it gives a detailed account of the years leading up to the birth of Jesus Christ, what transpired among them during his mortal life, and gives a beautiful and detailed account of the resurrected Savior's visit to the American continent. Most importantly the book of Mormon acts as a second witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ, and confirms the teachings of his Gospel as outlined in the Bible. Anyone who reads the Book of Mormon, with a sincere desire to know of its truthfulness, and or to gain a greater understanding of Jesus Christ, will be inspired of God. They will draw closer to him, and feel a greater measure of his divine guidance in their lives. Show more Show less