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Hi I'm Andy

I've been in the Army for over 24 yrs & served combat tours in Iraq & Afghanistan. I have 5 children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First and foremost, I serve in the U.S. Army because I was raised by very patriotic parents who love our country. My dad served as an officer in the U.S. Navy Corp of Engineers - the SEABEES. We lived all around the world. My two sisters were born in Japan and my little brother was born in Thailand. I was born in Kodiak, Alaska. My dad eventually retired at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in Northwest Washington State. I knew from a young age I wanted to be like my dad by serving in the military. The Army was the branch I chose. I've been serving now for over 24years. I serve because I love this country with all my heart. My greatest accomplishment in life is being a father of 5 wonderful children. My kids make me so happy. I'm a happy person by nature, but my children bring me some of my greatest joy. If you asked my kids, they would tell you what they most remember is that I always gave them my time, played with them, coached their teams, and did the things with them they enjoyed and wanted to do. I've had a great share of difficulties in my life, but by keeping my faith, hope, and trust in the Lord, I've been blessed to remain a devoted disciple of Christ. I love my Father in Heaven, my Savior, their Church, doctrines, and teachings. Nothing gives me greater hope than the unconditional love and mercy they have for me. I truly love life. What a blessing to live in this day and age!

Why I am a Mormon

Very simply, I'm a Mormon because I received my own witness, by the power of the Holy Ghost, that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and God's Only Begotten Son, that Joseph Smith was called as a latter-day Prophet, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true and living Church of Jesus Christ, restored in these last days by Jesus Christ Himself through the instrumentality of Joseph Smith, and that the Book of Mormon is true and goes hand-in-hand with the Bible in testifying to the world that Jesus is the Living, Resurrected Christ. I received this witness at the age of 18 in answer to my fervent and humble prayer. Although I was raised in the Church and always believed the doctrines and principles taught by the Church, I knew I had to receive my own confirmation by the power of the Holy Ghost to be absolutely certain that the teachings I had been taught my whole life were true. I needed my own witness. Since that day until today I have known, yes absolutely known, by the power of the Holy Ghost, which left an indelible impression and confirmation on my heart, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true and is the only true and living Church of Jesus Christ. Every ordinance, every teaching, every doctrine, and every principle necessary for salvation can be found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and this is why I'm a Mormon. I leave this witness and bear this testimony to you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I live my faith first and foremost in my home. I love my family and am fiercely loyal and devoted to them. I love my children and give them of my time and energy. I lead my family in prayer, scripture study, and family time to ensure we stay close to the Lord and His Holy Spirit. I teach my children to be chaste, honest, kind, and forgiving. I take my children to Church activities and attend my Sabbath Day meetings. I honor the Lord's Sabbath Day and keep it holy. I like to work in the house, doing dishes, cleaning up, and taking care of my two under-18 children. I'm certainly not perfect, but I love the Lord and my family enough to try my very best to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and repent whenever I fall short. I also serve the Lord by teaching our Quorum of Elders on a monthly basis during our Sunday block of instruction. Finally, I invite others to learn about what makes me the most happy - the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I respect them if they aren't interested and am excited if they want to learn more. I believe something that makes me this happy is worth sharing. This is how I live my faith.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Andy
We do not worship Joseph Smith. If we did, the name of our Church would be The Church of Joseph Smith. We worship God our Eternal Father in Heaven and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. This is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; this is Christ's Church, not Joseph Smith's. But Joseph Smith was called by God to restore to earth the everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ with all its' attendant blessings, keys, ordinances, authorities, and privileges. Like Noah, Isaiah and Paul, Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. If there ever was a day that man needed a prophet on earth, today is that day. I thank my loving Heavenly Father that He called Joseph Smith to be a latter-day prophet, to restore His Gospel, that we might correctly worship our Savior, even Jesus, the resurrected Christ. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Andy
Thomas S. Monson is the current prophet and President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, he isn't just the prophet of our Church, he is the Lord's prophet for the entire world today. Noah, Abraham, and Moses were the Lord's chosen prophets on earth for their day and age; whether the people knew of them or believed them or not, it didn't matter because they were the Lord's chosen prophets to declare the word of the Lord to God's children on earth. So too, Thomas S. Monson speaks for the Lord and we are blessed when we have the faith to listen and obey his counsel. Show more Show less