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Hi I'm Andrew

I'm a chemical engineer, a musician, a dancer, and a Mormon.

About Me

I work for an algae technology company aimed at providing the world with renewable, sustainable, and economical foods and fuels. I love to conquer problems and share ideas in the hopes that they will prepare this world for future generations of God's children. In my education, my profession, and my personal life, I have learned much in a variety of scientific fields. This knowledge helps to continually build my faith that there is a Supreme Creator and that He has all power in this universe. I see the stars, the plants; I feel the wind and the water; I think of the brain and the body, and I am amazed at what God has done! It touches me so frequently and so deeply that I am in the process of writing a book about the evidences that science provides us that there is a God and the lessons that the creations teach us about Him and His plan for us. In addition to my fascination with the technical, I love to play and compose music. Music provides me with emotions that I experience in no other way. I love to share that with others and lift their spirits. I also love to dance to good and wholesome music. It is an unexpectedly beloved hobby of mine. I teach Latin, Ballroom, Swing, and other partner dances to my friends and whoever will let me!

Why I am a Mormon

My family has known of the church since 6 months after it was organized in 1830. I am a ninth-generation member of the church. You may have guessed that I attended church regularly with my family growing up. However, I did not fully understand the significance of the gospel of Jesus Christ until I was a 19-year-old missionary in South America. For the next two years, I spent literally all my time trying to bring people to Christ. It was then that I learned how to live the teachings I had learned my whole life. Upon my return home, I became more happy than I had ever been before! That's not to say that I was unhappy prior to that time, but I was filled with a persistent joy that I had not previously recognized, and it has never left me since. Sure, I have had ups and downs just like everyone else - that's part of how we learn in this life - but since that time, I have always felt the loving hand of a loving God reaching out to me and pulling me closer and closer to Him. Oh how I long to be with Him!

How I live my faith

I have learned that if I put God first in my life, everything else miraculously falls into place. I saw that time and time again during my college years. Never before had I seen so many miracles in such a short time. They varied in intensity and scope, but the theme was ever constant: that God knows me and my situation, and if I choose to do the things He has asked me to do as my first priority, everything else will turn out. I don't feel like I studied enough in school to do as well as I did, but I always read God's word in the scriptures, attended church meetings and other worship services, and did my best to be my best. Whether it was answers to tests that seemed to be transmitted to my mind in the last few minutes of the exam or assignments that the professors postponed in the very moment I needed it most (and when I had chosen God over homework), I can't deny that He was helping me to succeed because He loves me. I know God is real! I know He loves me. I know Jesus Christ is His son and that through Him we can be forgiven of anything we've ever done wrong. I have felt that repeatedly in my heart, at times so surely as though nothing else in the world could tell me otherwise. And I know that ALL who sincerely seek Him can feel the same. He brings peace and comfort to troubled souls. Of that I am SURE!