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Hi I'm Andre'

A baseball coach, a father, a lover of history and great literature and a seeker of truth. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a family man with a beautiful wife and four children. I work in management of a small company. I love playing most sports, gardening, hiking, cooking and spending time together as a family.

Why I am a Mormon

In addition to being our Savior, Messiah and Redeemer, while He was on the earth Jesus organized a church. He called and ordained Apostles. The church He started did not last. It as changed by men. I'm a Mormon because I believe Jesus Christ restored His church to earth with Apostles and Apostolic power. The companionship of the Holy Ghost spoken of in Acts chapter 8 is given to women and men today. His pure and simple doctrine resides in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It doesn't make life on earth without challenges. The companionship of the Holy Ghost combined with pure doctrine of Christ helps me to meet the challenges that come.

How I live my faith

Each day we show what we really believe by our actions. We read scriptures daily as a family. We talk about important passages with our children and spend time memorizing them. It is vital to our family to attend sacrament meeting each week and receive the blessings of taking the sacrament in remember of Jesus sacrifice and resurrection. I teach youth men each Sunday. In the Gospels, Jesus constantly warns against hypocrites so its important to me to acknowledge I don't live perfectly. I'm not The light, He is and in His grace there is room for all who try and yet sin. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves but our asufficiency is of God 2 Cor 3:5

What is being a Mormon like?

You instantly become part of a world wide family with shared values and similar beliefs. If that sounds like group think, its not. I'm amazed at the diversity of ethnicity, careers, education and interests found in my fellow Mormons. I've had the great priviledge of traveling to Africa and meeting with Mormons there. They instantly accept you and yours while you feel such closeness with complete strangers. Pure doctrine and mutual love for and of Jesus Christ bring that unity Show more Show less

What is faith?

Faith is based on evidence. The basis of the evidence is revelation from God, usually through the Holy Ghost. Heberews 11:1 talks about this. Faith is rooted, as Paul explains in 1 Cor chapter 2, in believing in our heart and trusting more than our mortal perceptions and senses even when that may contradict the wisdom of men. Faith comes from God. True faith is centered in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Redeemer. Faith gives certainty of God's concern about our actions and behavior towards others. Faith in Christ means a humble desire to please Him by public action, such as baptism, and private action - even when no one but will know but Him. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

In the New Testament Jesus gave markers to watch for as evidence that a teaching or doctrine came from God. In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7:16-20) fruits (works or how we live) are evidence of how we desire to follow Christ's teachings. John 7:17 clearly teaches that in doing His teachings, i.e., keeping the commandments, we will KNOW whether that teaching is divinely inspired or not. Another kind of evidence is revelation (guidance, inspiration or promptings) from the Holy Ghost,to our heart and mind, that something is true. The Holy Ghost does not lie (Book of Mormon, Jacob 4:13 / John 15:26). The light and spiritual knowledge He brings to us is light and sweetness and profound spiritual joy. Receiving revelation about the truth of The Book of Mormon and the mission and ministry of Joseph Smith brings more light and knowledge about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and what He wants us to do and be(come). It is so worth praying about sincerely, with an honest heart. I know you will receive an answer, as I have, that Mormonism is nothing less than ancient Christianity restored to earth by Jesus Christ Himself. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Prayer is key to knowing God. Pondering is a form of prayer and meditation where we quiet inner selves to strive to listen and hear his (spiritual) voice. Most often His voice will be in the form of feelings and impressions to our heart and mind. Stillness, calmness and quietness prepares us to hear and heed. Like Elijah (1Kings 19:11-12) He will come to us with a "still small voice." I have been blessed so much as I have learned that our Father in Heaven reveals Himself to ordinary people like me in our times of need through that still small voice we know to be the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

The Apostle Paul wrote to the different Christian "churches" which were organized by apostolic authority and worshipped together. So today we are organized into stakes and wards, the modern day equivalent of the New Testament "churches." Stakes take their name from Isaiah 54:2, where each stake plays its part in holding up the larger tent. Stakes are led by a president, called a stake president, who is always called to serve by either an Apostle or a 70 commissioned by the Apostles. A stake is a place of safety where true doctrine is taught and lived. Within stakes are wards and branches (differentiated by size, wards being larger). A ward or branch is a community of believers and the feeling of unity that comes from living in this community gives me peace and daily comfort. My stake presidents have always been an inspiration to me and taught me how to be a better rely on Jesus Christ's atoning blood. Stake presidents are routinely instructed by Apostles, through the 70, and therefore they turn and share what they learn with all the members of their stakes. The blessing of regular reminders and encouragement from my stake and ward leaders reinforces my desire to live with ourSavior as my guiding daily light. Show more Show less