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Hi I'm Andy.

I try to live in ways that will help others see what the Gospel has done for me. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 30-year-old husband and father with a beautiful wife, two children, and one on the way.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a testimony from the Holy Ghost that this is the true Church of Jesus Christ. I know that it was lost from the earth after the death of Jesus Christ, and was restored again in modern times when Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ called Joseph Smith as a prophet. Beyond that witness, which is the truly essential thing, I'm also constantly impressed by the ways the Church is moving forward and standing for righteousness in the world. The Church's teachings and values become increasingly powerful to me against the backdrop of the world's decline into moral confusion and unrighteousness. A good example of this is the Church's position on Proposition 8 in California's 2008 election. As a citizen of California at that time, I was there when the Church asked us to do what we could to stand up for the family and the traditional definition of marriage. It was a tense time, because we came under heavy attacks from those who wanted to redefine marriage. Members of the Church came together with a sense of unity that I will never forget. Most of us wouldn't have wanted to open ourselves to the criticism and scorn we experienced in defending the family, but we believed in the cause and we knew that God had asked us to do so. So we stood side by side on corners waving signs during rush hour. We knocked on doors. We made phone calls. I have never felt such a conviction and unity from the people around me. It opened my mind to a depth of character in the people in the Church that I hadn't seen before in anyone, anywhere.

How I live my faith

I try each day to do the things that are right, with varying degrees of success. I know that the battle of life is won in the trenches of daily experience, so I try to keep myself worthy and on the right track by starting the day with prayer and scripture study. I recently started a business, and since I spend long hours working on that, I try to balance myself by making sure that I work hard at my church responsibility as well, which is to work with the missionaries assigned to my area. I don't want to feel like I'm spending my whole life on work and striving only for worldly attainments. In addition to these essentials, there is another thing that I've experienced lately that has been unique in my experience and has increased my understanding of and commitment to the gospel. It was a chance I had to volunteer for several months as an assistant to a weekly support group the church holds for those struggling with addiction. I knew about this class, and I felt drawn to learn more about it and try to contribute in order to help those struggling with addictions. I kind of wanted to see the gospel in action on a level that I hadn't experienced previously, where the Atonement of Jesus Christ rescues those who face challenges that they cannot overcome on their own. Each week, as I saw the truly good individuals in the class who faithfully came and shared their progress with their struggles and took part in a lesson on how Christ could heal them, I came to a greater understanding of and faith in Jesus Christ and in His power to heal us of the wounds that come from our own actions or the actions of others. I came to understand that, although I didn't struggle with the particular issues being discussed in the support group, there were many things in my own life and in all of our lives that are out of our control, necessitating a true and consistent reliance upon Jesus Christ to uphold us. I learned that this is not a dependence we outgrow - but that it should become more marked and explicit as we grow and mature.