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Hi I'm Andy Farnsworth

I'm a husband and father of six. I report on traffic conditions for TV and radio in Salt Lake City. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 3 boys & 3 girls, including twin babies, all under the age of 12. It makes for a very LOUD house sometimes, especially because they inherited my enthusiasm for talking! I enjoy watching football, basketball & soccer. I love to read but also enjoy playing the occasional video game. I'm also a bit of a science fiction geek (you know: Star Wars, Star Trek, etc) and I secretly like to read superhero comic books. I do traffic roadway updates for radio and television in Salt Lake City, but I used to do it flying around in a small airplane and reported from the sky.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I want to be. Yes, my parents taught me the Gospel of Jesus Christ from the time I was little, but even then, I felt the truth of it resonate within me. As I grew older I wondered if I only followed because that was all I knew. But after my mother died from cancer when I was a senior in high school, I really had to decide what I believed and how committed to that belief I was going to be. My mother knew that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that the Book of Mormon was true and she was faithful to that all the way to her last day. I believed those same things, but didn't have the same conviction. But as I looked around, nothing else offered me better answers to the questions I had than the things I had been taught. As I have done my best to be faithful to Christ, obey His commandments and follow His teachings, I've seen glimpses of the joy without end promised to those who make that effort. It hasn't always been easy. I feel stress, sorrow, grief and worry just like everyone else. But the Gospel of Jesus Christ gives me a perspective that gives me hope, even in the middle of the worst parts of these trials and that makes them just a little more bearable. I am able to take courage in the knowledge that these things have a purpose, that I will eventually emerge from it and that Christ knows the pain I feel and will eventually heal it. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to teach my young children not just WHAT our Savior Jesus Christ taught us to do, but WHY we choose to do it. I have spent many years teaching the youth in our congregation the same thing. I love to be excited about learning and teaching from the scriptures, hopefully to rub some of that excitement off onto them and spark a desire in them to know these things for themselves. I like showing them that living the gospel is not a chore or some obligation that we do against our will, that it is a way of life and can be enjoyable at the same time. I've found that everyone I try to get know is a fascinating person. Visiting with them, doing service with and for them, and ministering to them helps me to love them and loving them just makes the visits, service & ministering more enjoyable. It's a wonderful cycle. I try to pray as a family, kneeling together in the same room, every night before we go to bed. I try to read from the scriptures nightly with them. I actually look forward to our weekly church service (even though it's 3 hours long!). I try to be a person at work who is happy to be Mormon and is not embarrassed by it. I try to remember my covenants with God at all times. I try and model good behavior for my children while at the same time showing them how to enjoy living in this beautiful world and have fun without compromising our values or standards. I try to stand firm on those values in a world that seems to be constantly trying to change them or make them seem obsolete. I probably don't always succeed in all these efforts, but I'm always going to make the effort.