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Hi I'm Andrew

I was born and raised in New York and am Now in California with the military. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently serving in the United States Navy as an enlisted ABH. I have been in the service for three years now. I joined the church in Feb. of 2007 through my wife, then girlfriend. I have deep interests in many many things, but some of my favorites would be...magic, music (listening and making), cars (driving, reparing, building and racing), reading, reptiles, and life in general. I try not to let anything get to me and the church has helped me to strengthen this goal. Through learning how to be more like Jesus Christ and gaining a stronger relationship with Him and our Heavenly Father I have become a better person, overall. I am currently going to college part time, pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering which I hope will lead to a Masters in Automotive Engineering.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Baptist church. I have loved the Savior since I understood the concept of love. I have been surrounded by religion my whole life do to a deep desire to understand it better. As with any search and desire of understanding questions started to arise. I would turn to those around me who I respected as knowledgable in "all things" of the gospel (the Old and New Testament), but was often told, "These are things we should not worry about. God is a mysterious God." This could not be, I would tell myself. Heavenly Father could not have created this Earth, created the animal and plant kingdoms and created the Human race which instilled within it is a deep desire to worship and learn the things or heaven, just to say ok...I guess that's all their is to it. No...impossible. I knew in my heart as a young Baptist child that Jesus didn't just stay in the Middle East, I knew that I existed before this Earth was formed, I knew that God wants us all to know everything about him, his Son, his kingdom, and to fully comprehend his divine plan. A plan that includes more then just birth and death and a "mystery afterward. To me it made no sense to live life not knowing what was to come after death. That is like buy materials to build and you start to build but you have no idea as to what you are building. It would never work. Then I met my wife, then girlfriend, who's seven words made open mine true spiritual eyes. "We believe that Jesus came to America." Beyond that questions were answered by the missionaries, my wife and members of the church without hesitation, without twists and turns and maybes and could be's. Their were no assumptions just truths. Their were no, well I believe this and him over there, he believes that and she siad it could me something along the line of this. No...it was everyone agreeing that Jesus Christ is the Savior of mankind, pre-destined by our Heavenly Father to establish his church here on Earth. And that after the last great apostacy, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ through the Prophet Joseph Smith have once again established the true church...The Church of Jesus Christ...to the Earth, during these, the latter days. I know this is the true church of God, and my life as has everyones has been designed soley for the day I was baptized as a Saint in it.

How I live my faith

Do to my current schedule with the military I do not currently have a specific role, however, I strive daily to improve the lives of those around me by sharing the gospel and offering prayers. I believe myself to be a support for those around me and when I am traveling abroad with the military I let the love of Christ show through me, while still be respectful of my duties as a service member.

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Andrew
Thomas S. Monson Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Andrew
I think it is better I left The Book of Mormon answer this one...7 And it came to pass after many days there were a goodly number gathered together at the place of Mormon, to hear the words of Alma. Yea, all were gathered together that believed on his word, to hear him. And he did teach them, and did preach unto them repentance, and redemption, and faith on the Lord. 8 And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another's burdens, that they may be light; 9 Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life- 10 Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, thay ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly unpon you? Mosiah 18:7-10 I want you to know that since the day of my baptisim, through keeping my covenants and living as described above, I have been blessed. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Andrew
Have you ever wished you could; be happier; be healthier; be closer to God; understand you purpose; feel loved even when no ones around; not be afraid to love; never feel lonely, scared, or weak; live a life filled with blessings everyday (i could go on for a lifetime...and more). That's what it's like. And we have alot of activities and events with food invloved...Mmm. Living my life as commanded by God, I have been blessed. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Andrew
No, not all Mormons are required to serve a mission. I joined that church at the age of 20, I have not served a mission. I serve in the military and have prayed to Heavenly Father about my decision to join the military which is my mission, both for the church and for my country. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Andrew
Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. Before becoming a member of the Church I too had the same concern. I would express to my wife, then girlfriend, that I will not worship any man except it be Heavenly Father or Jesus Christ. Thrown back by this assupmtion my wife, the missionaried and now my experience and learnings in the church assure me that the church only worships Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We do however have a respect and great love for our Prophets and leaders as does anyone else for their same. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Andrew
I earnestly believe that Mormons are Christians. I was born and raised in the Baptist church and can testify that the only difference between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and what others would deem as a Christian church is that we have the fullness of the gospel and the restored priesthood given from Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Show more Show less