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Hi I'm Andy

I am a Mormon, and also a meteorologist! The missionaries taught and baptized our entire family when I was just a teenager.

About Me

I am a father of 4 children, 3 are teenagers and 1 is married. My wife is also a member of the church, and is a fantastic mother to our children. Our oldest daughter attends college and is married to a wonderful young man who served a full-time mission for the church. I had the opportunity of serving a full-time mission in Honduras and Belize. It was great to learn the Spanish language and to fall in love with the culture of the Central American people. My professional career is that of a researcher at the University, where I study the earth's atmosphere. When younger, I earned degrees in the science of meteorology. The Mormon missionaries came to our home at precisely the right moment. We attended the same protestant church for over 15 years, and then felt a sudden need for a change (weeks later we learned just why) and so we visited other churches in the area for about a month. We went to church EVERY single Sunday when I was a young boy. Since we could not find a new church that we liked, we stayed home one Sunday, and that was a very rare occasion in our home. During that same week the Mormon missionaries came to our front door. We were ready to listen!

Why I am a Mormon

When young, the missionaries came to our home and taught us the gospel. I was skeptical at first, because I had always thought that God no longer spoke directly to His people, that the day of revelations and Prophets was over. I learned about Joseph Smith, but did not believe in his role as a Prophet until I read the Book of Mormon and gained a testimony of its divine origin. While meeting with the missionaries, they gave me a copy of the Book or Mormon, and I read it that summer when we were away on family vacations or outings to the camp ground that we liked to visit. I had many vivid dreams of the ancient American inhabitants that are spoken of in that sacred volume of scripture, and I believed in the doctrines found in the Book of Mormon, which focus so much on our coming unto Christ. I attended seminary as a young investigator and later as a church member. I also served a full-time mission to Central America, and have now served in various callings in the church. I love the gospel, and I love reading the Book of Mormon each day with my family. I want them to be able to obtain the same testimony of that book that I obtained while a young teenager in a small town in mid-America. If you read this book with an open heart, you will feel the warmth of the Holy Ghost manifest to you that this is indeed a book of holy scripture. I love to pray with my family each day. It is a great source of comfort and protection to us. I can't imagine what it would be like not to feel the presence of God in our lives on a daily basis. Having joined the church as a teenager, I have so much hope for my own children-- that they will gain their own testimony of the gospel, serve full-time missions for the Lord, marry in the Temple of God, and bring beautiful grandchildren to my home someday so I can bless each of them. What a wonderful life this is... and I hope you will take the opportunity to come unto Christ through His restored church.

How I live my faith

This is a tough world in which to raise children and teenagers, and I pray to be able to guide them in faith back to live with their Heavenly Father. There is so much for us to learn when we are young, through adulthood, and even in the twilight years of our lives. The scriptures can help us know God's will for ourselves and our families, as can personal revelation and inspiration from Heavenly Father. We pray each morning and evening with our family. We take turns: my wife one time, and then me, and then each of our children. We have learned from early-on that we have access to God through our prayers. Some days, it seems like there is no other way to make it through a (tough) day, without help and inspiration from heaven. We love to attend church together each Sunday as a family. There is a sacrament meeting for the full family, followed by separate Sunday school classes for different age groups, and then a priesthood meeting for men, and a separate meeting for sisters. On Monday evenings, we gather ourselves together as a family and study a principle of the gospel, or just enjoy a game night together, and reinforce our love for each other. We live by faith because we have learned through experience that we are not always in control of what happens around us or maybe even what happens to us, but we trust in God, we strive to keep all the commandments, and we hope to be found serving others each and every day. Our lives are so rich because we are not alone, and we really feel that.