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Hi I'm Andrew

I was raised in Mesa, AZ. I love Tom and Jerry and floating down the river. I am a son, brother, and uncle and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the fourth of 8 kids in my family and I love the comedic chaos in the home with so many different personalities. In high school I participated in sports such as football and track and met some of my greatest friends in those activities. Currently I am serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the San Antonio, Texas Mission. Before my mission I studied Computer sciences at a local university. Since I have been out on my mission I have realized I would much rather work with humans so I decided to change my major to Psychology. The way our emotions affect our thought process truly fascinates me. I also plan on minoring in criminal justice and perhaps another language. Some of my hobbies are drawing, playing guitar, playing sports with friends, and scaring my mother. I am not terribly talented at anything except for startling my mom at this point in my existence but I plan to better myself in other abilities of greater worth.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member since birth! My families membership in the church goes generations back, nearly since the beginning of the church in the 1800's. I have always grown up with many friends and family support in the church. Learning the simple principles of faith and prayer at a young age helped me in many ways that seem insignificant as I reflect upon them now but I am sure meant the world to me at the time they were occurring. The foundation that was built up during my childhood instilled in me desires to be someone great, someone like Ash Ketchum or Corey Mathews. Okay, perhaps not like them. I wanted to be remembered for my kindness. I wanted to emulate he who I had been taught was the ultimate role model, Jesus Christ. Oh how quickly we forget our childhood dreams. In Jr. high school and high school I started to experiment with who I wanted to be as do most at that age. I was searching for an identity to which I could transform myself. I turned myself towards role models that perhaps were not the best examples in attitude and appearance but none of that mattered to me at the time, all that mattered to me was fitting in. After some time I found that I had become something far from my childhood goal. I began to recognize that I needed more than ever to know if what I had been taught my whole life was true, and if so I needed to give heed to what I was taught and allow those teachings to change me. My entire life I had been taught that if we sincerely wanted to know that the church was the true church of Jesus Christ then we need to pray and ask God. As I thought on what my parents had taught me and what I had learned from the Bible and the Book of Mormon and as I put myself to sincere prayer I began to gradually feel more and more the feeling of the Holy Spirit letting me know that "yes, this is the true church."

How I live my faith

Currently I live my faith by being a full-time missionary. I have dedicated two years to full-time service in the church. Every day my two missionary companions and I talk and teach to as many as will listen and act. We invite and help them to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to pray to know for themselves that this is the one true Church of Jesus Christ on the earth, the same church that Christ himself estblished during his earthly ministry. When I return home I anticipate receiving a local church calling, as do all active members of the church, such as a sunday-school teacher or a part-time ward missionary.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Andrew
Baptisms for the dead is a very special and sacred ordinance that our Heavenly Father has instituted. These baptisms are done in the Mormon Temples and are performed by someone who is a worthy priesthood holder in the church. Baptisms are performed by proxy and these baptisms do not force beliefs on those who are already passed on but makes it possible for them, in the life after, to accept this completed baptism. As a missionary I met a wonderful family who my companion and I had the opportunity to teach. The mother of the family had a brother who had tragically passed away mant years ago at the age of 18. Her brother never was baptized and this left unsettled feelings of worry concerning her brother's possibliity for eternal life. When we taught this family the doctrine of Baptisms for the dead on her eyes lit up and the Spirit touched her and let her know that this was true. I know that this is a true ordinance from God and that through baptisms for the dead our family members can have the opportunity to be baptized by someone who holds the priesthood authority of God. Show more Show less