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Hi I'm Joel Andrews

I grew up Presbyterian and joined the Mormon church when I was a teenager.

About Me

I am a father of 5 children and love to ski the bumps at Mary Jane, fly fish in the Colorado high country, mountain bike early in the morning before the city is awake, play tennis and watercolor paint. I love to watch my children play baseball and basketball and just grow up! I have also owned my own business for 30 years.

Why I am a Mormon

I converted to the LDS church as a teenager. Back then I didn’t have a lot of religious background but I had, what I thought, was common sense. I remember asking my Presbyterian minister about God. I wanted to know who He was and what was He like. The minister was very vague and confused me even more. I'm not even sure he knew! I remember having great yearnings drawing me to God. I wanted to have a personal relationship with him. I had questions I wanted to know the answers too but didn’t know where to turn. I was not well versed in the Bible but I knew that God lived and loved me. I knew God was a God of order and that he did not change over time. People change but God doesn't change. As a youth I remember thinking that if Jesus Christ called 12 apostles when he was alive, wouldn’t he want 12 apostles today to govern his church? If God spoke to ancient prophets like Adam, Noah, and Moses, why not now? Don’t we need God more now than ever before? Temples existed then, why not now? The New Testaments says, “Beware of false prophets” then where are the true prophets? My quest continued when my brother (who had previously joined the church) shared with me chapters from the Book of Mormon. As I read I felt something deep inside my soul stirring. As I learned more about the church I became excited. I started to wonder if what I was learning was true. I prayed and learned for myself that God does not change and that His church has once again been restored. All my questions were answered! God loves me and wants me to be happy. God answered my prayers. I knew it…I felt it. Now I am older and a little bit wiser. I realize all my good fortune and blessings have come because of my membership in His church. The teachings of this church are consistent with the scriptures and give me great joy and happiness. The teachings are clear, understandable, logical and simple. The teachings provide me with an anchor in this ever changing world we all live in.

How I live my faith

Over the years I have been asked to fill many positions in the church, both as a teacher and as a leader. Some positions, such as those that involved the youth and scouting were both fun and fulfilling. Taking kids camping, fishing and learning about the outdoors has been a love of mine. The youth have so much potential...they just need to be shown how and who they can become. In all the positions I grew and learned. As church members we are asked to look after one another. This is the 2nd great commandment. The church makes it easy by asking us to watch over a few families in our congregation and check in each month to see how they are doing. I have had the blessing of helping serve others in their time of need and have been the recipient of help in my time of need. We are taught to be honest, trustworthy, faithful and kind. These attributes have proven to be very beneficial in my life and in my business. Each day I ask God to help lead me to somebody whose day I can brighten. Now, I am not perfect, but I find happiness and fulfillment in trying to be better.