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Hi I'm Andy

I'm a military brat. I love soccer and play war games. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My father was in the US Military, so I spent much of my life in Europe, exposed to different cultures on a regular basis. Returning to the USA, I went into Information Technology and am now a Systems Analyst. I'm happily married with three wonderful, energetic children. My hobbies are closely tied to my upbringing. My time in Europe made me a huge soccer fan, even attending local games when I can. As a military brat, I developed interest in military history and play boardgames that simulate historical battles. There is little intersection between these two divergent groups of friends, but I'm always happy to be friends with those with whom I share a common interest.

Why I am a Mormon

I didn't grow up in a church-going household and didn't even have a good understanding of what Faith was. In my early twenties, however, I began to realize I was missing something in my life I just didn't know what. I had friends who were Mormon so, when the Missionaries knocked on my door and left a Book of Mormon, I decided to find out for myself if there was anything to it. I consider myself a smart guy, able to figure things out so determined to read and study the Book,on my own, and figure out if it was a possible book of scripture or just fiction. I spent almost all my free time reading and everything I read seemed plausible. Where I had doubts, many pretty quickly resolved within a few chapters. Unfortunately, however, my number of questions was growing more rapidly than I was able to determine answers. I finally reached the point where I was forced to admit that I wasn't able to figure out the veracity of the Book of Mormon on my own my intellect was insufficient for the task. Desperate with frustration by this time, I did something that I had never really done before. I got on my knees and begged God to tell me if the Book of Mormon was true. I didn't even know for sure that God even existed, but I hoped He did, because if He did exist, then I might have the opportunity to get my answer. I poured out my heart to Him for, what seemed like at least ten minutes. After I was done I felt calmer, but intellectually resolved that as a natural product of having "vented my frustrations". Nonetheless, feeling calmer, I picked up the Book again, and picked up where I had left off and began reading the 32nd chapter of the Book of Alma. I read verse 21... "And now as I said concerning faith—faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true." ...and immediately felt a warmth from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet. I knew immediately, the God did exist, that He had heard my prayer, that He loved me enough to give me my answer. I knew that the Book of Mormon was true scripture. I was baptized into the church six days later, and I've never looked back. Whenever I have doubts or struggles, I can always think back on that Thursday evening and know, without a shadow of a doubt, that God lives, He loves me, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is His church on the earth today.

How I live my faith

How I live my faith is simple I'm active in Church, attending every Sunday and I keep the commandments. I'm currently working with the Missionaries in our congregation, helping to schedule their appointments and joining with them on a few every month. I also run the Sunday School class for those new to the Church or visiting with us, and take my share of teaching lessons in that class.