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Hi I'm Andy

I'm a husband, a father and project manager. I'm a Mormon too.

About Me

I am a father of seven children (yes, that's right, seven - 3 boys and 4 girls!) and married to one wonderful woman - Jane. We've been married for almost 30 years. Yes, we've had our ups and downs; and, yes, things have not been perfect, but each day is a blessing and something to learn from. I was born in England and moved to Canada when I was nine years old. Talk about a life altering event - from the land of rain to the land of sun, rain, snow and cold. I can't help but smile about it - the snow is great as long as it's not too cold (minus 25 celcius is too cold!). I work as a project manager for a public body and oversee a variety of construction projects. I love the challenge of pulling people together and developing solutions - I find that people can be incredible and that the vast majority of them what to do their best and contribute to something worthwhile. I like those quiet moments when I can relax with a good book and listen to some really good melodious music - it can't be too distracting because I want to focus on my book. I love the laughter and playfulness of children. I'm sorry to say that I'm a tease - this must be a genetic disease, because I've passed it on to my children. I love to run - no races. Just the quiet time of running by myself and feeling the road move under my feet. This is something, I just do for myself. It makes me feel good.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I really believe the things that are taught in the Church. They are things that stir my soul and motivate me to be a better man, a better husband and a better father. I have studied, read, asked questions and prayed. I really believe that God answers prayers. He heard my prayer and I felt his response. I have felt him in my life and he has lifted me up. In many respects, I'm pretty normal. I lose my temper, I become impatient and I say some dumb things. But, I've learned as I focus on the Saviour, and as I pray, I can change. When I feel that pressure building up - I quietly retreat to my room (or some other quiet place) and I pray for strength and a more understanding heart. And it happens - my heart is softened, my mind becomes clear and I can handle the situation - there is peace.

How I live my faith

I live my faith day to day. I work and I volunteer for the heart and stroke foundation, the diabetes association and I support my mother who has early stages dementia. I also serve it the church in organizing activities and adminstering church affairs. I have the opportunity of travelling and meeting members of the church over a large geographic area in northern Alberta. This is one of the rewarding things that I do. I provide support to the lay clergy of the Church. These are members who freely give of their time to support and adminster the activites of the CHurch. I believe it is my faith in Jesus Christ that has supported me in the challenges of my life. Be it with a child that suffers from depression and tried to commit suicide or a mother who sometimes rejects me because of her dementia. It's that little bit of courage and encouragement that I receive from God which keeps me going and the ability to accept the things that I cannot change and to conitnue on. Oh, I'm not saying my life is all hard times. We have good times too - the best of times! I really enjoy life and all that it has to offer. My faith helps me be happy.