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Hi I'm Drew Bigelow

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married with 3 daughters aged 9, 12, and 14. I'm a telecom engineer by day...and a little too often by night. When not working I love to spend time with my family, doing inevitable girl things like shopping, as well as taking walks, spending time in the mountains, and listening to music. I love cycling, and bike to work year-round whenever weather permits. You could say my biggest passion is playing music, I play piano every Sunday for the kids at church and I play bass in an old-school metal band. I also play classical and finger-style guitar and I even teach a few lessons. I've also become very interested in at-home recording and producing. I learned Spanish while serving a mission to Cali, Colombia, which I still have the privilege of using regularly in my travels and interactions with associates and clients at work.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a member of the church, but there came a time when I disliked the idea of being a member just because my parents were. At the same time I really had nothing against the church, which truly seemed to be a force for good--and I thus figured it unwise for me to walk away in case it really was the true path back to our Heavenly Father--so I put it to the test by studying and living its teachings. What I craved was rationale behind the doctrine, and looking back now I can see how the Spirit guided me to a deep comprehension of the sound logic of it all, to where I simply couldn’t deny it either spiritually or intellectually. I saw the clear need for a restoration of the gospel principles that had been lost or corrupted since the time of Christ, and I grew increasingly impressed by the completeness with which God restored these principles through Joseph Smith. The restoration provided the missing puzzle pieces that allowed us to see the whole picture—the entire plan, including the significance of families, and how through a lifelong use of Christ's atonement, the rigors of mortality can lead us to our true potential. I loved the way these restored truths made sense of Bible concepts, and how they actually fulfilled Bible prophecies. It became clear that founding a church based on one's own interpretation of the Bible would always lead to a mix of truth and error, and to establish the true church God could only follow the same pattern he always has, that of calling a mortal to be His mouthpiece--a prophet. The way it all fits together really is amazing to anyone studies it with a sincere desire for truth, but the adversary is unfortunately very good at getting people hung up on any crumb of negativity so they miss the huge feast of truth waiting for them. All this aside, for me the greatest testament to the truth of the restored gospel of Christ is how it has brought enduring peace and happiness to me and my family, which is really what it's all about.

How I live my faith

Aside from playing piano for Primary (the kid's organization), my other calling is Ward Clerk. Basically this means I'm in charge of the records and finances for the ward (local congregation). I do things like take minutes at planning and welfare meetings, keep track of membership records, and oversee donations and expenses. Though it seems like a lot, the church's computer system makes most tasks fairly user-friendly, and I have two assistant clerks as well as a whole support system of members to help me do my job. Overall I find both my callings to be very enjoyable and fulfilling and I'm learning a lot.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Drew Bigelow
When you understand the purpose of this life, the concept of grace makes total sense. God sent us to earth for the same reason that we send our kids off to school--to provide a venue where we could best learn and grow. The Fall was not an "oops" that caused God to have to rethink his plan. It WAS his plan! Mortality, coupled with the freedom to choose, created the perfect environment to allow us to learn and gain experience--to gradually perfect ourselves (Matt 5:48) by learning to overcome our weaknesses and become like Jesus Christ (1 Pet 2:21). Repentance is the mechanism for this lifelong growth process, whereby we 1) recognize when we do wrong, 2) feel remorse, 3) make restitution, 4) ask God for forgiveness, 5) forsake the sin. I testify by personal experience that there is no better way to overcome individual weaknesses--and that this is God's established way (Acts 26:20, etc.). The problem with the modern Christian concept that "once you are saved you go to heaven regardless", is that it robs us of the lifelong process to grow through conscious repentance. Baptism invokes the grace of Christ and starts you on the path. By sincerely repenting each time you deviate from this path, you get stronger and wiser by confronting your weaknesses. Each Sunday you take the sacrament (established during the last supper) to renew your baptismal covenant to follow Christ, and by doing so you invoke that cleansing grace time and time again, becoming stronger and wiser, closer to God Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Drew Bigelow
One of the truths lost after the death of the Apostles is that baptism is essential for salvation, though the Bible is clear on the subject (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, John 3:5, Luke 7:30, 1 Pet 3:21 ). Through baptism we formally commit to follow Christ, and invoke the atonement of Christ so we can be cleansed of our sins. Another lost truth is that those who die without the chance to be baptized are not damned for eternity. The Bible does mention salvation for the dead but not with enough detail to actually understand or carry out the principle--since it likely would have been known to the readers of that day. For example Peter twice mentions the gospel being preached to the spirits of the dead (1 Pet 3:19; 4:6), and Paul confirms that baptisms for the dead were done (1 Cor 15:29). So the Bible contains 2 essential ingredients to save the dead--a chance for them to 1) hear the gospel, and 2) embrace it by accepting a baptism done vicariously by those of us still on earth. By serving this way we ourselves grow, and create bonds with our ancestors (Mal 4:5-6). I know that God is just and would certainly provide all his children the same chance at salvation. This principle is a good example of the need for a prophet to whom God could clearly lay out ALL the gospel principles without any chance of misinterpreting a Bible verse, or leaving something out. I know that Joseph Smith was called of God to be this prophet, through whom all the lost truths of Christ's gospel were restored. Show more Show less