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Hi I'm Andrew

I'm a Mormon. I'm also a dad, a software engineer, and American. I love life, wife and family.

About Me

I'm a father of five who rejoices in the blessings God sends my way particularly in the form of my lovely wife and wonderful kids. That's what I am. What I do is another matter. In that category I'm a software engineer in Colorado Springs. That's fun too but I try to keep the perspective that I'm a father first and the job is to support that role. When I get some free time I also enjoy chess, reading, studying Japanese, singing, laughing, talking, walking, biking and living.

Why I am a Mormon

The main reason is simple. The LDS faith and doctrine make me happy. Every time I've looked at another religious belief system I find it to come up short when compared to the fullness of Christs gospel found in the LDS church. Like any organization run by and made up of human beings the LDS church has its quirks, faults and problems but the doctrines resonate with truth and the power of God.

How I live my faith

Line upon line, precept by precept. I'm far from perfect and can be downright bad at times but I am improving steadily thru God's grace. The pattern that was set by Jesus works. Faith in Jesus and His power to save; this leads to repentance i.e. a deep desire to be better; this is followed by a commitment or promise to follow e.g. baptism or taking the sacrament; then comes the Holy Ghost and Gods grace to let us know we're on the right track and to help us follow the path shown by the savior Jesus Christ. He overcame the world but also shows us how to both overcome (the world) and to become (one with the Father). As we by His grace overcome the natural tendency to evil we become more and more His; His disciple, His child, until we can be one with Him.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Andrew
When people say homosexual these days they often mean not only the way a person feels regarding like gendered people but also a lifestyle. In other words when someone says "I'm gay" they usually mean that they are now, or would like to be, in an intimate relationship with someone of the same gender. However it's important to separate the feelings from the actions. I look at homosexuality as being reflective of how a person feels regarding someone of the same gender and not about their sexual behavior. I know of no law of God that says that a man liking men more than women is a sin etc. There are appropriate and inappropriate ways a heterosexual man can interact with a women he is not married to. Similarly, there are appropriate and inappropriate ways a homosexual man can interact with other men. Sex has nothing to do with it. Sex is reserved for marriage. It's only within that relationship of complete sharing and complete commitment that God wants his children being born. It's only in that relationship where full physical sharing is appropriate. Marriage is Gods way of sending His children (all of the human family) into an environment best calculated to benefit His children. God's law regarding sexual behavior doesn't have anything to do with gender. Sex outside of marriage hurts society, families, relationships, hearts and individuals regardless of the gender of participants. I have single friends in the church. Some are attracted to members of the same sex and others the opposite. Regardless of their gender attraction issues they are held to the same standard. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Andrew
The Bible witnesses to the whole world that God loves us and has been involved in our welfare for centuries. It contains records and prophecies from Gods witnesses from the time of Adam to the Apostles and is invaluable to us. Indeed, without the Bible we would literally be in the dark regarding our Savior Jesus Christ and the meaning of His ministry and sacrifice. To Mormons, the Bible is Holy and seen as the word of God. It is of utmost importance in our scriptural canon. Unlike some, Mormons do not view the Bible as complete or in some way final. It is God's word not all of God's word which; of course, cannot be reduced or somehow limited to one book. God has given His word to peoples all over the world throughout human history. Of course we don't have records of all that God has said to his children but in the Bible we have a part. The Bible, together with other Holy records both ancient and modern are given to us as a guide for us in our lives here on earth. Ultimately, all of these lead us back to God our Father. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Andrew
I believe that serious Mormons are Christians. However, I don't wear some sort of sign that says "official judge of Christianity". Whether or not others believe I'm a disciple of Christ isn't the issue. What's really important is whether or not Jesus sees me as His. For that I have to rely His promises and the whispering comfort of the Holy Ghost. Perhaps the best course of action is to acknowledge both our inability to judge and the inappropriateness of judging others and simply define it this way. If you desire to follow Jesus the Christ then you are a Christian. I can't see any other way to do this. To say more would be akin to claiming authority to say who does and who does not belong to Christ. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Andrew
One of the truths Jesus taught while he was on the earth was that we need to express our faith in Him by following His example in baptism. This step is so important to our salvation that Jesus himself went thru it "to fulfill all righteousness" (Matt 3:15). But what about people who never had opportunity to hear the good news? What about people who never had opportunity to hear the good news of the gospel, develop faith in Jesus Christ, demonstrate that faith by following Jesus in baptism and thus have their sins washed away in Christ? Are these people forever cut off in their sins? God in His mercy provides a way for us to perform this vital ordinance of salvation for our deceased fore-bearers who now live on as spirits. Of course God doesn't force anyone to receive Him or the gospel of Jesus. These proxy baptisms only have effect if they are accepted by those for whom they are performed. Show more Show less