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Hi I'm Andrea

I'm a citizen of the World, I'm a bookworm, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently returned from serving a mission in Denver, Colorado, speaking Spanish--a language and a people that that I truly love. I love learning about other places and cultures and having the opportunity to learn more about the Hispanic population is something I treasure. I call myself a citizen of the world because I do not feel tied to one place or country, but to many. I have lived in New Zealand, China, The United States, and England and there are things that I love about each place. I love to travel and hope to see many more places during my life. Another way that I love to experience new cultures and worlds is through reading. I love fiction. I love to see how an author gives us access to a whole new world and insight into many different characters and personalities. Because of my love of reading I decided to be an English major is College and now have my bachelors in English. It was a lot of fun and I know that God will direct me as I decide what I want to do with it.

Why I am a Mormon

My grandparents joined the Church and I was born into the church, but that is not the reason why I am a Mormon. I am a Mormon because I have studied the doctrines and prayed to God to know for myself that these things are true. If I had not received a confirmation from God, through the things that I have felt, that this is the true church, I would not be a member today. I have read the Book of Mormon many times and each time felt the Spirit testify to me that the things that I am reading are true. I have also read the Bible, and felt the Spirit while doing so. However, there were many things in the Bible that left me confused and wondering where the rest of the truth was. I think that if I had not already had the Book of Mormon I would not have known what to think about God and His plan for me, I probably would have been unsure as to whether He did have a plan for me, or if He had forgotten about the world today. I do have the Book of Mormon, however, and that provides me with the answers to the questions the Bible raises, but doesn't answer in a way that I am able to understand. There have been many times in my life when things have been hard and I have gotten depressed. One of the biggest things that saved me from clinical depression is the Book of Mormon and the knowlege that it gives: that my Heavenly Father loves me, that Christ loves me and that He suffered, not only for my sins, but for all the pains and afflictions and hard times that I would go through (see Alma 7, it's pretty amazing), and that Heavenly Father does have a plan for me, so that I can return to Him one day. I do not just believe this church is the true church I KNOW that this is the ONLY TRUE CHURCH on the earth today. The gospel of Jesus Christ has blessed all aspects of my life immensely. It has blessed me physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally; I would not be the person I am today if I did not have the gospel.

How I live my faith

Currently I am living my faith by trying my best to keep the commandments and to "let [my] light so shine before men, that they may see [my] good works, and glorify [my] Father which is in heaven" (Matt 5:16). I spent the last year and a half teaching and serving in Denver, Colorado, something that I loved with all my heart. I currently participate in the church's program for young single adults and try to keep my faith strong and growing as well as lifting those around me.