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Hi I'm Andrea

I love hockey, I grew up in Quebec, I have a BA in Classical Studies, and, oh, wait! I'm a Mormon!

About Me

Hi! I'm Andrea. I was born and raised in Chateauguay, Quebec but I live in Guelph, Ontario. Well, when I'm not busy missionarying, that is. Right now I'm serving as a missionary in the Canada Vancouver Mission. I absolutely love it here, not only because it's beautiful, but also because serving Heavenly Father is pretty much amazing. I love to paint, read, dance in the rain, and learn about everything!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, to parents who were converts in the early '70's. I was raised LDS, and never really thought much about it one way or the other. When I was 16, though, I got to a point in life where I really wasn't sure what I was doing - whether church was for me, whether the Gospel was true, if I really believed what I'd been taught growing up. I didn't want to just blindly follow my parents and church leaders anymore. I was really struggling to find my way in the world, and I didn't know where to turn. My parents had the missionaries over to our house for dinner on a regular basis, and there was a particular missionary who befriended me. One day, he gave me a copy of the testimony of Joseph Smith. I didn't think much of it at the time, tossed it in a drawer and promptly forgot about it, but one day when I was having kind of a rough time, I stumbled across it, and started to read it. By the time I got through it, I knew what I had to do. I took the challenge in James chapter 1 verse 5 - the same challenge Joseph himself accepted when he decided to pray about religion. So I prayed. I prayed until I had my answer. I'm a Mormon because God answered my prayer. I stick with it because I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true, that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, that all that was once lost from the earth has been restored, and that there is a living prophet on the earth today. I know that the Book of Mormon is an inspired record, that it contains a second witness of the ministry of Jesus Christ, and that it can change lives. I know it, and God knows that I know it, and I cannot deny it. That's why I'm Mormon.

How I live my faith

Right now, I live my faith by being a full-time missionary for the Church. Pretty much every minute of my day is filled with the Gospel, with teaching people about Heavenly Father's plan for them, finding people who need the peace and joy that having the truths of the Gospel brings and telling people how Christ's church has been restored to the earth through a living prophet! Pretty epic, right? Before being a missionary, though, I taught Sunday School, which I absolutely loved!

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Andrea
Mormon women are... just like other women, just usually with less cleavage. Okay, seriously, though, we're just like everyone else. For example, I love jeans and t-shirts more than is probably healthy, I don't wear big bows in my hair, I don't scrapbook, quilt, or turn leftover turkey into thirty-seven fantastic new dishes. I love to play volleyball and jump in puddles and drive fast cars and chew gum and play with babies and dance which is not to say I'm good at it, just that I like it.... I wear makeup when I get around to it, I have a bachelor's degree, I read magazines at the grocery store checkout, and I like to go to movies on a Saturday night. Really, we're just like everyone else. On a more serious note, Mormons do believe in equality of men and women. We believe that each gender has a sacred role to play in life. Women get to be partners with God in making life happen - yay, babies!! and men get to be partners with God in blessing lives - yay, priesthood!!. We're all children of God, who loves us equally. We may have different responsibilities in life, but nobody, regardless of gender, is any more important in the sight of God or the church than any other person. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Andrea
A restoration of the Gospel was needed because of the Great Apostasy. Throughout history, God has always called Prophets to do His work - to reveal truth, to lead His people, to direct the church, to act in His behalf on Earth. In every generation where there has been a prophet, however, people have used their ability to choose to reject the prophets.  Consequently, that power that God gives to prophets, called the Priesthood, was lost from the earth for a time. Because God loves us, He always calls another prophet. This cycle is repeated throughout the Bible, and culminated with Jesus Christ. Part of Christ's purpose on Earth was to restore the church and powers of God, so all those things which had been lost - the power to reveal truth, perform miracles, heal, bless, baptize, everything that required priesthood power - were brought back. Unfortunately, as in previous generations, people chose to turn away from and reject Christ and His Church, and the world was plunged into what is known as the Great Apostasy a period of time with no prophets or apostles. Just as in every other time, God didn't want us to be lost and confused and stripped of priesthood power. So He provided a way to bring those things back once more, by calling another prophet. This is why the world needed a Restoration - because the power to act in God's behalf had been lost, just as in every other time period. We've always had a Bible, but God wanted us to have more, and so He restored what was lost. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Andrea
We're known as the Mormon church mainly due to the second set of scripture we read, known as the Book of Mormon. This book came from a set of ancient records kept by people who lived on the American continents prior to, during, and after the time of Christ. It contains a record of the people, and of Christ's ministry and gospel. Because these records were very long, one of the last prophet to possess them before modern prophets abridged them. This prophet was named Mormon, and the book was named for him. This set of scripture sets us apart from any other Christian denomination, and it caught on as a nickname early in the history of the Church, and just kind of stuck. Show more Show less