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Hi I'm Andrew

I have Cerebral Palsy. Doctors said I would never walk I learned how to walk at age 7. I hike and give speeches now. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was born, doctors told my family I had Cerebral Palsy and would never walk or live a normal work. My family refused to believe it and put me in therapy. At age 7, I proved the doctors wrong! I became an independent walker by going to a rehabilitation clinic in Poland and doing intense physical therapy. Along with walking, my speech improved from 30% to 90%. I continued to go to Poland till age 13, and each visit I would stay for a month at a time. I decided to get into acting my auditioning for my local community theater. Since 2007 I have been involved with over 15 production in acting or technical. I participated in debate competitions where I surprised everyone by placing in several events including congress, impromptu speaking, and interpretation. I was elected Governor of Utah's Boys' State where I reign for one year, and was in charge of the following Boys' State. In my past time I study history of the United States and also canyoneer and repel. I am planning to attend BYU where I will study Media Arts and minor in History. My goal is to work for the Walt Disney Company as an Imagineer designer and also get into politics.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was small, I hated going to church! I thought it was awful, but my mom still persist and took me every sunday with my family. It wasn't until I was entering middle school that I wanted to find out if I had a testimony of the church. Since half of my family were of other faiths, I took it upon myself to study the scriptures. By the end of reading the Book of Mormon, I had a testimony. I knew the way I overcame my own disability was proof that God was there, but that wasn't good enough! It wasn't until my sophomore year of high school that I truly gained a testimony. Tragedy struck the high school when my friend died during a theatre production due to an accident. That same week my dad left my family and my grandpa died. I needed someone to turn to, so I prayed. I prayed for a hug from my drama teacher who was on leave of absents since the death of the student. The next day, he returned and I got the biggest hug from him! Right then I knew the power of prayer! As the year went on I continued to have doubts because most of the people I worked with as a techie didn't believe in God. That summer I went on a pioneer trek in hopes my faith would be strengthen, but it wasn't. It wasn't until I returned home that I read Alma 30 about a non-believer preaching their was no God. In verse 44 it hit me, "Thou hast had signs enough; will ye tempt your God? Will ye say, Show unto me a sign, when ye have the testimony of aall these thy brethren, and also all the holy prophets? The scriptures are laid before thee, yea, and all things denote there is a God; yea, even the bearth, and call things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its dmotion, yea, and also all the eplanets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator." I knew right then the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only true church! It makes sense! It is the only church that fulfills the prophecies of old. But, most importantly, Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father live!

How I live my faith

As I have gain my testimony, it is my duty now to proclaim it to the world. I do this my telling people my story about I have overcome Cerebral Palsy by the hand of God. My hope is to show people that as Jesus performed miracles in his earthly life like healing the lame and causing them to walk, so does he perform miracles today. I have been given the power and gift to speak to people and tell them about how miracles still exist and the holy priesthood exists to perform miracles. I see my Cerebral Palsy as a tool rather than a challenge, and God wants me to use it. Along with talking to people, I have committed to study the Gospel vigorously so I may know it enough to teach and proclaim it with ease. I not only study the Book of Mormon, but I study the Old Testament and the Abrahamic Covent and how that is a important doctrine of the church often looked over. I believe, the more I know, the more people I will bring into the Gospel. It seems like I'm preparing, and, indeed, I am. I am preparing to serve a full time Mission next year as a servant for the Lord Jesus Christ. I do not know how the Lord will use me due to my Cerebral Palsy, but I do know where ever I go I will serve Him with all my heart and might!