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Hi I'm Andy

I am a Mormon who married his best friend, loves biking and is currently full time work and school

About Me

I am currently going to a University. I am studying a lot of things and can't decide on a major. I will either go with Business Management, Communication, Psychology, or civil engineering. Besides school I am training for a triathlon. Training is a loose term, but I am getting better at actually running everyday. I consider myself to be musically talented and enjoy playing the piano. In High School I played the trombone in band, but haven't picked it back up for 5 years. I have received my Eagle Scout award from the Boy Scouts of America.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family of Mormons. Both my parents have long lineages of members of the Church. I was baptized a member of the church when I was 8 years old. While I was growing up my parents and older siblings I have 7 of them would help me learn lessons that Christ taught. Once a week we would sit together as a family and discuss Principles of the gospel such as Faith, Repentance, Baptism and the Holy Ghost. We would also learn lessons from the life and ministry of Christ. These lessons helped me grow and gave me a strong testimony of the Savior. When I was 17 years old, I started to question my faith, and wanted to know for myself if what I was taught was true, and if the Lord really wanted me to be apart of this Church. I decided that I should pray about the Book of Mormon and to ask Heavenly Father if it is true. I remember kneeling down to pray to my heavenly father if the Book of Mormon was true. As I did so, I was filled with the power of the Holy Ghost. Having that feeling, I knew that the Book of Mormon was true, and that the Lord wanted me to be apart of his church, and take part in the true doctrine of Christ.

How I live my faith

I currently am in a governing position at the LDS Institute of Religion where I attend school. I enjoy this position because I am able to meet a lot of different people. I also plan activities such as dances or service projects. As my church calling I am a home teacher. As a home teacher I am assigned a few families in my congregation, to teach principles of the gospel, and also help out if they are in need. I love this calling because I feel that I am able to help others.

In whom should we have faith?

Andy
Faith should always be in Jesus Christ. When we have faith in Jesus Christ we are given strength and ability to do those things in which He has commanded us. We should have faith in Jesus Christ and should trust that what He wants us to do is best for us. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Andy
While serving a 2 year mission in Louisville Kentucky I had the opportunity to teach many different people. One particular person was a single mother of 2 year old energetic twins. Jenny with her two twins were quite distracted as we tried to teach them. Jenny was accepting of us and other members of the church to visit her and attempt to teach her gospel principles but we could sense that she was not feeling or understanding the messages. Days turned into weeks as we tried to teach with little lasting effect. My missionary companion and I decided on a different approach that could help her. Our new approach was to focus on the scriptures, particularly the Book of Mormon. We would have very short visits and read (starting at the beginning) each verse in the Book of Mormon. Each day we would make short visits or phone calls encouraging her to read. After a couple weeks she was steadily studying by herself and coming to us with her questions. I saw in her a greater understanding of God. She was more patient with her children and she had a greater hope for her future. She was able to quite smoking after years of trying to quit on her own. She later joined the church and is a different person than she was before. I am not saying that the Book of Mormon or other scriptures hold magical powers but I do know that reading the scriptures can change you. Studying the Scriptures change you for the better. The key is to do it consistently and prayerfully. Show more Show less