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Hi I'm Andrew

I grew up in Sunny California. I am a "learning" husband and father, and to no surprise I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The most important aspect in my life is that I am married to a wonderful woman who is an excellent mother, teacher, and leader of our five children. I enjoy playing basketball, and really enjoy swing dancing. I love watching my children learn to talk, learn to walk/run, learn to read, and to hear the funniest statements come from their mouths. For example, our three year old once said as he exited the bathroom, "I'm a hunky...A hunky little monkey." He then shared with us that he was told this by his dear friend, who is a girl, in nursery (of all the places...hehe). Parenting is definitely an experience which wraps every human emotion into one experience, and which often humbles a proud father.

Why I am a Mormon

I am the second son of parents who are both converts to the Mormon Faith, to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am indeed grateful for a mother and father who humbled themselves to listen to the missionaries, which lead to their baptism, to their marriage, and eventually to my birth and my first lessons in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Although I was raised in the church, I am not a member because I was born into this church. I am a member because of my own study, personal prayer and fasting, and personal experiences the Lord has provided me. These personal experiences have provided me with the knowledge that God is our Father in Heaven and He loves each and everyone of His children. My personal experiences have given me knowledge that Jesus is the Christ, our Savior and our Redeemer. Our Redeemer is the number one reason why I know that God loves us. All other experiences and knowledge the Lord has provided me is subordinate, or secondary, to our Savior.

How I live my faith

I would hope that others would say I live my faith by my actions. In our home, my wife and I have personal scripture study and prayer; we also have family scripture study and prayer in the evening. All of which strengthens our faith and the hopes it will strengthen the faith in our children. I seek to magnify my callings, even the callings which I would rather not be called to, but have been called to.

What is faith?

Andrew
Faith is one of the most important principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ, however, unfortunately our world has dumbed the meaning of faith to be, "Belief in something which you have no good reason, or evidence to believe in." This however, is not an accurate definition or statement regarding faith. Faith is the substanced of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. The key word in this scripture is "substance". Another scripture defines faith as not having a perfect knowledge, but a hope in things not seen which are true. In this scripture the key words are "not a perfect knowledge" and "true." Faith is a principle of action, and not synonymous with mere belief. Our faith is what compels us to action. An individual can have a belief and not have faith, however if an individual has faith, their actions will tell his/her belief. Growing up in California I was easily recognized as a Mormon when I said I don't drink coffee, tea, or alcohol. This represented my belief, which was followed by the action and thus defined my faith. Show more Show less