Hi I'm Andrew
I'm a single college student, hoping to get married soon. I like to play video games, write stories, design websites, drawing, reading books, watching anime, and of course, studying the scriptures the scriptures are the most important on this list. Eating and breathing is also important. I also pray to my Heavenly Father on a regular basis.
Why I am a Mormon
I was born 'into the covenant', meaning I was born into a family that was already part of the church. I am in this church because I know its true. The Holy Ghost made a witness to me of it, and I cannot deny that witness. I love the church and have a strong testimony of the Book of Mormon. I was challenged to read it in two weeks by my Bishop once when I was young. I did it, and I was filled with the Spirit of the Lord, knowing the book was true. Everything else just fell into place.
How has The Book of Mormon helped you understand the purpose of life?
The Book of Mormon has shown me that the purpose of life is to live like Christ did. This does not mean that we are exactly like Him because we have our individual personalities that God created us with. Regardless, I've seen the Book of Mormon touched my life. Lehi taught that our first parents were noble. King Benjamin taught that there is no other name, save Jesus Christ, upon which we can obtain Salvation. Alma the Younger, along with Amulek taught that at the Resurrection, every part of our bodies would be restored to an "incorruptible" state. The Book of Mormon teaches me the best way to live my life. It does not dictate my life, but guides me. Its teachings of charity, which is the true of Christ is something I aspire to have. Without it, I cannot obtain salvation. It teaches us to be patient, loving, slow to anger, steadfast in the cause of liberty, serving my fellowmen (and King Benjamin taught that "when you are in the service of your fellowmen, you are only in the service of your God" (paraphrased)), to have faith, hope, and trust in Jesus Christ that all will turn out all right in the end, and that we will obtain a mansion in the Kingdom of his Father. The purpose of life, therefore, is to progress, become like Christ, and obtain salvation in the loving arms of our beloved Heavenly Father. Amen.
How has the Holy Ghost helped you?
The Holy Ghost has been my constant companion throughout my life. What that means is that He has consistently been around me, and prompted me to do the will of the Lord. I have felt the Holy Ghost from time to time and when I heed His promptings, which come as impressions, feelings, or a voice in my head--which comes along with a feeling of peace--that I find myself blessed and blessing others. When I am mourning, the Holy Ghost comes and comforts me, and when I'm doing the right thing, I feel a warm feeling in my chest and peace. I am grateful for the Holy Ghost, and I hope you come to know Him, too.
How I live my faith
I am a Sunday School teacher in my ward (think of it as a congregation). What's a Sunday School teacher, you might ask? A Sunday School teacher helps the ward learn more about Jesus Christ during the second hour of church. We always stick to the principles of the Gospel and our Testimonies. I teach a class called "Gospel Doctrine," in which my class and I discuss the aspects of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We refrain from speculating and focusing on "special doctrines," and instead focus on the principles that will lead us to Salvation. I won't give any examples so that speculation can be avoided. But I digress. As a Sunday School teacher, I learn as much from my students as they learn from me. "[F]or the preacher was no better than the hearer, neither was the teacher any better than the learner; and thus they were all equal" (Alma 1:26). Thus, I'm a learner as much as a teacher. I love being a Sunday School teacher; it's very satisfying and I feel like I'm truly serving the Lord my God. Finally, I live my faith daily by reading scriptures, praying daily (morning and night, and also a lot during the daytime when I want to communicate with my Heavenly Father), meditating on the scriptures and surrounding myself with wholesome entertainment. I also try my best to keep my house clean so the Holy Ghost feels more comfortable there and will abode with me there to guide and direct me.