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Hi I'm Andrea

I'm a Mormon. I am also a stand-up comic, college graduate, and a school teacher.

About Me

I am a seminary teacher for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have been teaching seminary full-time for 8 years and I love the youth I am able to work with. Seminary is a place where high school age students around the world can meet with others of their faith to study the Old and New Testaments, as well as LDS scripture. I love to hear the stories of faith that come from the hearts of my young and brave students who seek to live virtuously in a world that largely does not promote virtue, but rather mocks it. I was single for many years and sought to be married in the Temple. Temples are places where we assist those who seek to labor for those that died without having the opportunity to be baptized or receive other saving ordinances such as a temple marriage. When these ordinances are preformed by one holding the proper authority those ordinances extend beyond the grave and last through all eternity. We stand in behalf of our families members who died without the knowledge of the truth and give them the opportunity to choose for themselves if they will accept these works we have done on their behalf. We know that God respects the agency of others and will never force anyone to accept what they do not want to. I tried to fill my life with educational activities and a friend and I chose to start up Humor-U, a stand-up comedy club at BYU, in order to train comedians in good, clean humor. It was a blast and the group still preforms today.

Why I am a Mormon

There was a point in my life where I questioned the faith of my parents. I wanted to know for myself and not just believe in something was good. I believe in giving my all to right causes and if this wasn't right I was not about to waste my time. I prayed and studied studied the scriptures. I came across a scripture in the Book of Mormon that helped me with one of my questions. My question was, Why would God talk to Joseph Smith a young farm boy who really had no real standing in the community and lacked so much experience? I read in Mosiah 3:19. It said that the natural man is an enemy to God and has been since the Fall of Adam and will be forever and ever unless he yield to the enticings of the holy spirit, putteth of the natural man and become a saint through the atonement of Christ. Right then it made sense in my mind why he was chosen. He was humble, willing to submit his will to God's, he was seeking to follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit and he was approved by God to have the answer. I knew that in order for the answer to be correct that I needed to feel it was right in my heart as well. Because my mind was cured of the wrong thinking I allowed my heart to open to the life of Joseph Smith. I watched a film about his life, when the actors depicted Joseph leaving for Carthage jail, where he would be killed, I saw him hug his family for the last time and then an unmistakable feeling came to my heart. I felt overwhelmed with a feeling of love and joy, my emotions were also touched and I knew both in my mind and heart that he was called by God. I was excited and desired to share what I learned with others. I have watched many obtain witnesses by the Holy Ghost that Joseph Smith was a prophet and I feel the same feelings I felt on that day. The more I learn the stronger and deeper that testimony becomes. I also know that Satan is real and seeks to blind the hearts of many by encouraging the belief that God doesn't speak to man, but that is a lie.

How I live my faith

I love to read the scriptures and study the talks that are given to the Church in General Conference. I study about an hour everyday. I am fortunate to have a job where I am able to teach the scriptures through the day. In addition to my work activities I love to help my friends and neighbors in any way that I can. I love cooking them food and visiting with people wherever I go. I love to pray to my Heavenly Father and ask for strength to be given to those that are in need. I especially like to do this in a private way so that I can see Heaven answer my prayers without anyone knowing what I was praying for. I seek to be kind to all those that I meet. I love learning and helping my family with challenges that arise.

Are Mormons Christians?

Andrea
It is amazing to me that this question is asked when the name of our Church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I do believe that part of the confusion exits because fundamentally we differ from other Christian faiths. We believe in the Godhead consisting of three distinct individuals, while most of our christian brothers and sisters believe in the Trinity. The knowledge of the nature of God has been revealed to all the Holy Prophets through the ages and it is made know to us through modern prophets. Joseph Smith received a vision of the Father and the Son. They are two distinct individuals and resurrected beings. I came to understand that the doctrine of the Trinity was not a part of the beliefs of the Early Christian Fathers. I have also tested this knowledge through the study of the scriptures and prayer. I know by the power of the Holy Ghost that God the Father Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are three distinct individuals. God will answer all humble and sincere prayers on the matter. Christ rose from the tomb in a resurrected body. It is the same body that they had on earth only now it is perfect and filled with heavenly light. While we believe that God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three distinct individuals we do believe that they are united in one purpose which is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. I am a Christian and the Savior is the center of my life and the reason for all I seek to do. Show more Show less