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Hi I'm Andrew

I am a hockey player and an outdoor enthusiast. I married my best friend and have six children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was able to enjoy all the programs of the church incluing Primary and Boy Scouts of America. Through my family and leaders support I earned the rank of Eagle Scout and prepared to serve a mission. A year before being elgible to serve a mission I met an amazing girl and we dated quite seriuosly for 9 months. As soon as I could, I submitted my paper work to serve a mission for my church as I knew this would benefit the rest of my life and it would put me in a location that would allow God to bless me the most. Putting our relationship to the side, my girlfriend and I decided she needed to date others while I served in the Canada Winnipeg Mission. While in Canada, this Phoenix Native learned how to live in sub-freezing temperatures. I learned how to play hockey, I fell in love with the Canadian people and the diverse culture of the recent immigrants from other countries. In many ways it felt like I served a mission to the Phillipines, El Salvado, and the Ukraine. I returned home, reignited my relationship and married the girl of my dreams. We now have six kids and have started a pest control company. It's been an intersting path to be on as I have begrudgingly worked my way through school, obtained an IT career, more school, and now running the pest control business while I do pharmacy IT support for a hospital network. I feel like I'm living the dream; I have the perfect wife & amazing children.

Why I am a Mormon

My dad was converted when he was 16. He later met my mom at BYU and they fell madly in love. I was born with both parents having strong convictions that this church provided the answers of how to return to God. I was about 14 before I too was filled with the same convictions. I soon found that my understanding of the church and the belief I had in the Book of Mormon and the Prophet Joseph Smith was independent of my parents beliefs. I learned for myself that the commandments I thought were so restricting as a child, were actually guidelines to live a happy life. I learned that while we were expected to have challenges on this earth, that we came to this Earth life to have joy. As I realized this I came to know that my happiness depended on my living the commandments and staying close to my Saviour Jesus Christ. As I have followed the teachings of Jesus Christ I have had the most amazing peace and happiness. I know why I'm here on this Earth, I know God loves me, I know Jesus Christ loves me and His love is evident in the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and in his giving us living prophets to guide us while we are here. I still have challenges, but even amongst those challenges I can see how much I am loved as I keep an eternal perspective and realize the purpose of this Earthly life is to grow as a child of God.

How I live my faith

I have served in various church callings and I must admit that being a young men's advisor has been my favorite calling. I love being outdoors and if I have to be away from my family that is what I want to do. Working with the young men, I have watched as they became men and grew from their childish ways. I have learned that no matter how "glamorous" the church calling is, it is the simple way that we serve others that makes the biggest impact. I have seen the joy of a dying sister as her health was restored enough that she requested to go to church one more time. I pushed her in a wheelchair to the local meeting house so that she could be in the church when the Sacrament was administered. We laughed and joked together and enjoyed each others company on our trip to and from the church. That was a highlight of my life. I have learned that when we are serving others, that we become the type of people that God knows we can become. For this reason I serve in the church and accept any calling that is extended to me.