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Hi I'm Andy

I'm 28, I've been married 5 years and have 3 kids. I love art and especially ceramics. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

On August, 6 2010 I was married in the Seattle Temple. I am so happy to be married to this girl, she completes me in every way and is the source of much of my happiness. I love her with all my heart. On June 11, 2013 we found out that our son died at 37 1/2 weeks of pregnancy. It was completely unexpected and no one can understand the shock, horror, and and sadness myself, and especially my wife, has had to endure. My wife was going to be induced at 39 weeks, at every doctor's appointment our baby Thomas was perfect, but on that day in June she said she couldn't feel him moving. That's when we went to the hospital. My wife delivered the following morning. He was beautiful. His little body was perfect, but his umbilical cord had kinked, cutting off his oxygen and nutrients. Accidents like this are fairly rare. Many people, including our bishop, have asked why: why did this have to happen? I know God loves me, and my wife. I know He did not do this out of punishment in any way. My wife and I believe this was meant to happen. We believe that we will be re-united with our dear Thomas and the joy we feel then will swallow up any pain we have felt a thousand times over. We also have a 4 year old girl and a new baby girl that we absolutely love and keep us busy. I'm also starting my career as an artist.

Why I am a Mormon

My great grandfather and my grandfather on my father's side were the first to join the church in my family. Living in a very small town in southern Colorado in the late 1800's they were in the farm field working when two missionaries representing this Church walked up to them. My dad has told me over and over how one of them, holding up a Book of Mormon, began to tell my forefathers about the book and the church. My father has told me that immediately both of them had the strongest feeling that it was true, and were baptized later that evening into this church. Although I was born into this church I have had similar experiences with the Book of Mormon, and I myself have had the blessing of serving for two years as a missionary in the islands of Micronesia. I remember, before I was baptized at the age of eight, reading the Book of Mormon on my own for the very first time. All I read was the very first verse of scripture and I felt some emotion like nothing else that filled me with happiness that I knew was from God. I knew at that moment, in such a powerful way, even at a young age, that the book was undeniably true. I love the book of Mormon, and not only do I feel wonderful when reading the book, but also by living what prophets of old teach within it's pages. I am a Mormon because I believe and earnestly try to live what is found in the Book of Mormon.

How I live my faith

We are taught to follow the example of Jesus Christ. And just as he would do, I try to keep an eye out for opportunities to serve and help others. I try to follow the example of the good Samaritan in the Parable taught by Jesus in the New Testament. I do my best to live honestly and simply be good. In the church we are also given opportunities to serve each other. Since there are no paid clergy the members are given opportunities to help administer in the church. I am currently a councilor in the Elder's Quorum (the group of men from about 18 to 40 years in age) presidency, which means I help the President of the Elder's quorum in his responsibility for these men and their families' spiritual and temporal welfare. Additionally I have been given the assignment to watch over three other families in the ward as part of the program called "home teaching." Home teaching assignments are given to just about every male member of the church, and "visiting teaching" is what we call the same program for women. We go over to their homes every month to make sure they have everything they need; basic necessities of life such as food, clothing, and shelter, as well as spiritual necessities by sharing with them from the scriptures and words from modern prophets. When we find they are in need we do whatever we can to meet those needs.

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Andy
I loved to teach people while representing the church as a missionary, that the true name of the church is: "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." Sometimes people didn't believe us because the nickname that was given to us "Mormon" is so ingrained. The origin of the Church lies in it's true name. We believe this church is Christ's. We believe that it is the very church Christ established when he was on the earth himself. Just as his ancient church was led by 12 apostles and prophets, it is today. Show more Show less