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Hi I'm Andrew

I'm a Mormon and have found happiness

About Me

I like watching the show 60 Minutes. There's one particular segment that I'll always remember. It wasn't about anyone famous. It wasn't about anything heroic. It was just about a man and his wife. The wife had Alzheimers. She didn't recognize her husband. She could barley remember anything past a few minutes. And at times she would even lash out at her husband. But this man stayed by her side through it all. It was obvious that this man was deeply in love with his wife and that over many years they had become one. I sensed that this man had found the purpose of life and the happiness that's associated with that discovery. I guess that's who I am. I'm a person who is fortunate to have found happiness. I've found it through my 19 year marriage with my wife. One of my favorite things to do is to take long walks with her and to just talk. I found it through my four children. There's nothing better than spending time with them, teaching them, and being inspired by them. I found it through doing my best to maintain a healthy body. I run and x-country sk. Living in Alaska makes running and x-country skiing all the easier. I found it through doing my small part in the community. I'm a business lawyer who helps small to medium sized business with all their legal needs from start to finish. I found it through good books, learning new skills, and good music. I found it in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I still have a long ways to go and a lot to learn. But the journey is worth it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was a mormon missionary in San Antonio, Texas. One evening my companion and I were driving back to our apartment when I spotted a home and had the distinct impression that we needed to stop and knock on the door. We approached the door and knocked. It took a while, but someone answered the door. It was an older man. He asked who we were, then invited us into his home. I don't remember the conversation, but I remember him saying that he hadn't had a visitor to his home for decades. He also told us that he was very sick. We visited with him, prayed with him, and then asked if we could give him a blessing (in our church this is done by placing our hands on the person's head and saying a prayer). We finished the blessing and the man stood up from his chair with tears in his eyes and said thank you. I felt his gratitude and left his home that night feeling like I had done something good. We went back to his home a number of times, but nobody ever answered the door. I don't know what happened to him, but I knew that we had blessed his life. And that's why I'm a Mormon. It allows me to serve and bless others through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It allows me to share the happiness that I've found with others. It also provides me with the opportunity to return to live with my Heavenly Father with my wife and family. It is the way for me to repent, change, and grow.

How I live my faith

I do my best to live my life in accordance with the will of my Heavenly Father. When Jesus Christ was in the Garden of Gethsemene he said, "not my will, but thine." I believe that we can seek to find out the will of our Heavenly Father through prayer. He will let us know his will through revelation from the Holy Ghost. I'm doing my best to be in tune with the Holy Ghost. I still have a lot to learn about how the Holy Ghost reveals things to me. I also am striving to have the courage to follow those promptings. As I do follow those promptings, I become closer to my Heavenly Father and receive a calm assurance that my life is acceptable before him. And when I fail, I know that I can repent and that Jesus Christ will forgive me. Step by step and day by day I'm learning, progressing, and trying to do my best.