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Hi I'm Andrew Stout

I'm an IT business analyst and technical writer, and a member of American Mensa, but best of all, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the husband of a beautiful woman and the father of two gorgeous daughters ages six and seven. I moved to Alabama from Oregon after my wife and I got married. Since then, I have finished a degree in information technology and have worked with Linux, MS Windows, virtualization, LAN configurations, software testing, technical writing, and business analysis for payment systems. I have volunteered as an assistant scout master with the Boy Scouts of America, as part of the Middle Tennessee Council. I love to camp, fish, hike, and do just about anything else out in nature, and so do my daughters! I am also a member of American Mensa. I love to learn about physics, ancient civilizations, new technology, gardening, horticulture, auto mechanics, literary styles, marine biology, ancient religious texts and manuscripts, business, and investing. As far as my career goes, I had wanted to do nothing more than computer programming when I was in high school, then I served a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and decided that I loved reading the scriptures and learning about the people so much that I wanted to abandon the programming and learn Hebrew, instead, so I could work on translating ancient texts. However, I found many road blocks in pursuing that course of study and eventually came back around to computer science and information technology! Sometimes our first inclination is the best one, but I have learned much along the way!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church, but just as anyone else, I had to find out for myself whether or not it was true. I had had a testimony for many years that Joseph Smith was a true prophet and had been commissioned by the Lord to restore the fullness of His Gospel, and its authority, to the earth, but having a testimony is not the same as truly being converted. Conversion brings about a desire to change, to improve our lives, and to live every day following Christ's example, in our thoughts and actions. My conversion occurred while I was serving a two year mission for the Church, having had the opportunity to study the scriptures every day and share the fullness of the Gospel with all those who would listen. The mission was not easy. It was a trial of faith for someone as shy and anti-social as I was, to approach strangers and ask if they would like to learn more about Jesus Christ and His purpose for our life.The Plan of Salvation is the path that He has shown, that will allow us to return to His presence and live with Him for eternity. The Plan of Salvation also shows us how our family can be together, for all eternity, and that there IS hope that we will be with our loved ones, again. One of the primary blessings and focuses of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that families can be together, forever! We do not have to say good-bye when death separates us, because it is only a temporary parting. This is why I'm a Mormon! The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a Gospel of Hope!

How I live my faith

I love to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and share with others the love that He holds for each one of us. I have many opportunities to participate in teaching the Gospel in our local congregation, from overseeing adult classes (Gospel Doctrine and Gospel Principles) to teaching in the junior Sunday school (Primary). I have been blessed with the chance to guide our youth and assist in activities for our local Boy Scout troop, as a registered assistant scout master, and have had the opportunity to go on many outdoor adventures. I have also had the opportunity to work with the full time missionaries many, many times over the years, both before I served my own mission, from age 19 to 21, and after I returned. Since returning from my mission in Colorado, in the year 2000, I have been the mission leader for the different congregations I have attended, three times, coordinating missionary activities, supporting the missionaries and assisting as they teach others about the life, mission, and restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, and welcoming new people into the Church. These opportunities have been a real blessing in my life and have helped in shaping the individual that I am, today. I strive to live each day such that I exemplify integrity, charity, Christianity, and grace to those whom I find myself in association with.