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Hi I'm Andy

I'm a Californian. I surf, backpack, hike, read, bike, cook, garden and I'm a mom, grandmother and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of 4 and grandmother of 7. I love the outdoors and am currently hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (it stretches from the Mexican Border near San Diego, California to the Canadian border, some 2600+ miles). This is a project I have been working on for about 5 years. Two years ago, I thought I might be finished before even getting half way as I was unable to find care for my Down's syndrome son. I finally decided to try an experimental backpack trip with him. He did fine and has now hiked over 8oo miles with me. When I am not planning a hike or taking one, I try to delve into my family history, go surfing, mountain bike riding, waterskiing, write the occasional cookbook for family and friends and curl up to read a good book. My garden suffers while I am gone, but when I return from a long summer of hiking, it calls me back to play in the dirt, pulling nuggets of pure gold (the harvest) as well as lots of fools gold (weeds) from within its grasp.

Why I am a Mormon

I converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when I was 20. I was offered a full scholarship to BYU and though not members of the church, my parents advised I take advantage of a free education. I joined the church while in my junior year at BYU. At the time I joined, I could not deny the truth of what I had been taught. I still cannot deny that truth nor the additional truths I have been taught along the way. Whether or not we are members of an organized religion or even belive in God, we all must endure our time on this earth. Because of gospel truths I have learned, I have been truly blessed to find joy in the enduring. This joy is the reason I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have served in many ways in the church from Relief Society President to primary teacher to Sunday school teacher to camp leader to missionary and have loved them all. Each came at a time in my life when I needed that calling. I currently am a ward missionary and work with the young women at camp. We have organized a pioneer trek for the youth in our stake and always answer the call to perform service projects in the community.

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a Mormon is an extremely liberating life. I do not worry about drugs, alcohol abuse, famly violence and many of the other ills of society on a personal level; the choices I have made to follow the gospel frees me from those worries. I definitely find my life full of joy; joy in giving, joy in receiving, joy in discovering, joy in living. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Are Mormon's Christian - of course, even the title of our "Mormon Bible" - The Book of Mormon - states it is "Another Testament of Jesus Christ." One of my favorite scriptures in the Book of Mormon is found in 2 Nephi 25:26 which states "and we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." Collectively, we definitely are Christians. Individually, we each, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or not, have free agency and sometimes that free agency is not used in a Christ-like manner. It is a problem all of Heavenly Father's children work on. Show more Show less