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Hi I'm Andrew

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Utah. I served a two year mission in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

About Me

I like music. I play the trombone, piano, baritone, and I am learning how to play the bagpipes. I enjoy reading a good book. I am going to college. I am studying Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. I am an eagle scout. I served a two-year mission in Sao Paulo Brazil.

Why I am a Mormon

My family on both sides has been a part of the church since very early on. I grew up inside the church, going every sunday. I liked it growing up, but my first real testimony didn't come right off. I got my first basic testimony when I was young, but I didn't always continue to cultivate that like I should have. My first real testimony came when I was in my mid-teens. I started to really study the scriptures, and my interest was caught. I really began to like to study the scriptures, and from that study I began to form my testimony. I kept praying about the things that I had learned to know for myself if they were true. I saw many of my friends and relatives that had strong testimonies, and I wanted that for myself. My truest testimony, though came when I really strived to live what I had learned, not just to study it. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. This really means a lot to me. This is the basis of my faith. I know that the scriptures are true, and that we can get answers of great value when we truly study them. I know this because I have gotten many answers from my personal scripture study that have helped me through tough situations. My testimony is the basis of what I do and why I do it.

How I live my faith

I recently returned from Brazil where I served a two-year mission to preach the gospel to the people. It was a great learning experience because I was able to share with the people what I believed in, what made me so happy in my own life. Before that, I was able to teach a class of children. That was a wonderful experience to see the kids start to get their own small testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Because we are His children, God wants us to know the truth of all things. There are some interesting scriptures that helped me out on my search of truth. The first one is in James 1:5 which says: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." To me this meant that if I am in need of wisdom, of some answer in my life, all I have to do is ask of God in prayer and He will give me an answer. We do need to be ready for the answer, because it is not always going to be what we expected. I learned this truth in my own daily life. I don't know how many times as a youth that I went to my parents to ask permission to do something and they didn't give me the answer that I necessarily wanted, but that they knew I needed. It is the same way God will answer us. He won't always give us the answer we want, but rather the answer we need. We also need to be able to recognize when we get an answer. We find that answer in Galatians 5:22 which says: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith." God gives us good feelings when He answers us. He answers by the Holy Ghost, or Spirit, and the Spirit leaves these feelings behind. Show more Show less