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Hi I'm Andy

I was raised Catholic. I am married and have 4 children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was baptized while still in high school. I was raised Catholic, but my parents were divorced when I was 8 and my Mom did not want to go back to the Catholic Church because it is very family focused. For me, the whole thing started when I was a freshman in High School. It was January 4, the day we came back from Christmas vacation. I was sitting in the cafeteria with some friends of mine and I can remember looking around and thinking to myself “What am I doing with kids like this? Where is my life going to go if I continue hanging out with kids like this?” That day I made a pledge to myself that I was going to change my life. I can also remember thinking that I wanted to have a strong family, and that I wanted to provide a better atmosphere for my children growing up than I had growing up. I was a freshman in high school? What was I thinking? I was 14 years old!! I was baptized in December of my Junior year in High School. I served a mission for the Church to the San Juan Puerto Rico Mission, Spanish speaking. I graduated from BYU in Civil Engineering after which I received a MS in Civil Engineering from UT-Austin. After which, I worked for 5 years as a structural engineer in Dallas, Texas. Four years ago I decided to get a law degree. I graduated in May and passed the Ohio Bar in July. I currently work commercializing University technologies. I now am married and we have 4 children (ages: 9, 7, 5, 2).

Why I am a Mormon

I started to watch other kids very closely to see how they acted, what they were doing for entertainment, and how they treated others. I have played soccer my entire life and I played soccer in high school. I was a sophomore now and a guy on our soccer team really stood out to me as an exemplary person. He was always clean cut, well behaved, and honest. I started to associate myself with him more and more during the soccer season. After soccer season was over we were good enough friends that we began to spend time together. That spring he (Zach) invited me to seminary (a class period sponsored by the Church for learning about the gospel of Jesus Christ). I thought that seminary was just a bunch of high school kids getting together to discuss the scriptures. I had no idea that it was associates with a specific religion. I was invited to play basketball on Zach’s church youth team (and they needed all the help they could get). I was invited to church dances (the youth have dances at least once a month). I was always a welcome guest in Zach’s home. We did everything together and quickly became best friends. At this point I can remember thinking to myself, “I want to have a family like his.”

How I live my faith

I have had many responsibilities in the Church. I am often asked to serve as the Ward Mission Leader since I am a convert to the Church. As the Ward Mission Leader I help the full time missionaries (the guys that you see on bikes with white shirts and ties) stay focused and coordinated. I have also worked very closely with the youth programs such as Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and the Young Men. I served as the leader for all of the Young Men when we lived in Dallas. Later, I was asked to work in the leadership of the congregation as a counselor to the Bishop (I would help the Bishop do whatever he needed done). I love the feeling that I get when I work in the Church. Leaders are never paid, as it is part of the responsibility of the Church members to help staff the Church. One day you might be teaching the seven year old Sunday school class and next you will be working with the adults with family history. It is great to be able to serve those around you and to feel the love of our Savior as you help others come closer to Him.