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Hi I'm Andrew

I became aware of water as a precious resource and found my faith after I spent 6 months in Nepal. I'm an engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Boulder/Longmont area, as the oldest of 6 kids. I have 5 children of my own. I am a federal water engineer, and I love what I do. I spent 6 months in Nepal with a study abroad program that changed how I saw the world. I learned to value clean water and a healthy society.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was baptized at eight years old, I had a tremendous conflict of conscience while I was in Nepal. I had studied many different philosophies, and I learned that I believed some things down in the core of my soul. First, we are all children of a God who loves us. Our Heavenly Father, for such he is, has a plan for our lives. Second, while we do not remember, our existence did not start at birth. We were with God before, and we will all rejoin him as we are taken home to that God who gave us life. Third, life is painful. We may often ask, how could a perfect God allow such pain and tragedy? The answer is simple. This life is for US to choose. God cannot protect us from the consequences of our choices, and sometimes even the choices of others. Sometimes we hurt without any choices of our own. Life is pain! Fourth, life is joy! With that ability to choose, we grow! Growing and serving others is the greatest joy we can have in this life. I also grew into the knowledge of Christ. Jesus, who is our Heavenly Father's perfect son, gave his will, and his life, that our mistakes may be corrected, our bad choices made right, and our debt and our unworthiness made clean. We could never do this on our own. Through Christ, we may live again, and we may return to share our Father's glory. The Book of Mormon is amazing. I love it, and enjoy the blessing of more scripture, more ancient revelation to add to what we have recorded of the Jews, the mortal life of Christ, and the early Christian Church. Finally, I am a Mormon because I believe this church will give me the greatest chance to become the best I can and the most opportunity to grow where I am weak, and serve when I am strong.

How I live my faith

I work with our young men, ages 14-15. I have a soon-to-be 15 year old son, and I love the chances I have to hang out with these growing men. My part in their lives is to help them realize the blessings we have, feel the Holy Spirit, and come to know the love of God. This is a huge challenge, with the messages of today emphasizing machismo, casual relationships, and victimhood. I also visit a few families every month, as an chance to share in the feelings of the Spirit in their homes. In my own home, we pray together, fast together, and work to find happiness in our circumstances and choices.