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Hi I'm Andrew

I married by best friend. I am studying computer science at the University of Montana. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Montana, served a mission in Oklahoma City, came home, married the woman of my dreams, and am currently attending the University of Montana majoring in computer science. I am also currently serving as the ward mission leader for the Missoula fourth ward.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born Mormon, but that doesn't always mean I believed it. When I was 18-19, I started to believe that my church wasn't the only 100% true church. I started to question my faith, which was a wonderful blessing. My father invited me to read the Book of Mormon completely and to pray and ask God if it was true. I accepted his invitation. I remember receiving a warm feeling, and, what I would call, "pure intelligence," in answer to my question. I had learned from God that the Book of Mormon is His word, along with the Bible.

How I live my faith

Right now I am serving as the ward mission leader where I attend church. This means that I help the bishop with missionary work in the area. I try to live my faith by fulfilling the calling the Lord has given me. I try to "be... an example of the believers" to those around me, to be "not ashamed of the gospel of Christ," and to share my beliefs with my friends and neighbors. I try to be mindful of every opportunity to spread Christ's restored gospel because I know how wonderful and precious it is. The Gospel has blessed my life in so many ways, but most important is how the Atonement has changed my behavior. The Atonement of Christ provides for me an opportunity to turn away from sin and wrong-doing and return to live with my Father in Heaven again. It is because of Christ and His Atonement that I am able to repent, as He commands, and am able to feel clean in the sight of God. This is, truly, an amazing blessing that my Savior gives me.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Yes, husband and wife can be together in heaven. Heavenly Father, in His infinite mercy, has provided a way for this to be possible for us, His children. In the Bible, Christ taught that what was sealed on earth is sealed in heaven by the right authority. That authority was given to the apostles of old, and restored to Joseph Smith in this day and age. Marriage is ordained of God and designed to make us happy. Something of that value to our Heavenly Father is important enough for Him to perpetuate it beyond the grave. I know it's true. It's too amazing to be otherwise. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Authority to perform a saving ordinance, such as baptism, is important. When I try to explain this I use the phrase "God's stamp of approval" in reference to that authority, or the priesthood. There are several different analogies that also come to my mind, so I'll try to sift through them to give a concise answer. Consider driving a car. Many people know how to do it. It becomes second nature after a while. So while everybody CAN drive a car, only some people MAY drive a car. Only those authorized by the government may drive a car. Such authorization is given in the form of a driver's license. The government only recognizes those with valid driver's licenses, not fake or non-existent ones. Priesthood authority works the same way. While many people know how to perform a baptism, in the eyes of our Heavenly Father, it is of no eternal importance unless it is by His authority, unless the baptism was performed by someone who holds the priesthood. Jesus Christ gave this authority to his Twelve Apostles, then came the Great Apostasy and loss of that authority. That authority was restored to Joseph Smith by three of Christ's original apostles, and it exists in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today. God will recognize and uphold a baptism performed in the way He has prescribed, and by His authority (His "stamp of approval" and not man's). This is why authoritative baptism is important and necessary to return and live with our Heavenly Father again. Show more Show less