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Hi I'm Andrew

I grew up in North Carolina and Tennessee. I am a college football player. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a junior in college where I am a member of the school football team. I play offensive tackle. I enjoy playing all sports and reading books about religion. I am a member of a family of eight. I have two older half sisters, two younger sisters and a teenage brother. I am 21 years old and have been home from my mission in the Caribbean for over a year now. I grew up playing sports on competitive travelling teams until high school where I continued to play sports year round. When I graduate I plan on serving in the United States Navy and eventually making a career of being a chaplain in the service.  

Why I am a Mormon

Until I was on my mission I don't know if I could have been honest about why I was a Mormon. I did some things as a teenager that hurt my chances of truly gaining a testimony before my mission. While I was out there I started to feel the joy of learning and teaching the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. It started to become a part of who I was as an individual as opposed to just being apart of a group that believed the same thing. While my conversion didn't happen in a single moment, I can remember a day when I was truly put in a position where I could not, by myself, figure out what was right and what was wrong. I was on an island, during my mission, that I didn't even know existed before I got there and two wonderful ladies of another faith knocked on our door. I answered it and listened to a young lady contact me in the same way I had been doing for the past couple months I had only been a missionary for about 3-4 months. When she finished I did what any over confident 19 year old would do and tried to show them why I was right and they weren't. At the end of the conversation I found that I hadn't gotten anywhere with what I was trying to do and they politely left. I didn't know what to do, my more experienced companions didn't come stop me from making a fool of myself and even chastised me, and I found myself not knowing what was right and what wasn't. I didn't know who to trust. I questioned whether or not I had been wrong my whole life and if there was even and God to begin with. So, I did what I had been telling people to do and got on my knees and prayed. I prayed and pondered many times and said that if this was wrong that I'd pack up my bags and leave the next day. I got and answer and it came piece by piece over time. I put all my faith into my prayers and was in the attitude of doing whatever the Spirit told me to do without question. Since that time my testimony has expanded and strengthened. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that he lives. I know that He and his Father, our Heavenly Father, love us and restored this church through the prophet Joseph Smith. The Bible and the Book of Mormon are the word of God. The only reason I didn't leave right away when I had my doubts was that I could find nowhere in my being that could deny that every word in the Book of Mormon was inspired of God and true. I know there is a prophet on the earth today and that the Lord runs his church through him. Through this restored gospel the Lord has prepared a way for my family to be together for eternity. This gospel has been the biggest joy in my life and has brought me peace whenever I have been faithful and in need. 

How I live my faith

I am a teacher for the college men group in my ward. I have the pleasure of hometeaching every month. I love being in the locker room and being pounded with questions even when they become a little ridiculous. I read in the scriptures every night and do my best to write in my journal before I go to bed.