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Hi I'm Andrew

I'm a senior in high school. I wrestle, run cross country, participate in Boy Scouts and school clubs. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Andrew Cunningham. I am an Air Force brat and have moved around all around the country. I like to compete in sports, especially wrestling. I was an All-American and State Champion wrestler in high school. I'm an Air Force ROTC cadet at Brigham Young University, where I study mechanical engineering. I'm a missionary serving in Lubbock Texas, spanish speaking. I love my family, and I love serving the Lord!

Why I am a Mormon

Although I have been a member of the church my entire life, I consider myself a convert to the church. At a certain point, parent’s testimony and hopes can only take you so far, and then you have to branch off with your own testimony. It started when I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and I received the gift of the Holy Ghost. That day, I feeling I can only describe as warm and fuzzy, much like warm clothes out of the drier through my entire body. I didn’t understand at the time that this was a manifestation of truth through the Holy Ghost, but I nonetheless continued to follow the teachings of the Church. I decided when I was about the age of 12 that I should learn for myself if what I had always been taught was true or if I was just wasting my time. I decided to begin reading The Book of Mormon daily, and prayed to know if it was true. I came to have a burning a desire to serve God and become a disciple of our savior Jesus Christ. At a youth conference later that year, during the takes and testimonies, I felt a burning within my heart that matched that exact feeling I had on my baptism day four years before. And I knew it was true, and it made so much sense to me. I’ve never had to look back and wonder if I was wrong, because now my faith has been made strong by the Lord. And quite often, I the Holy Spirit renews my faith and strengthens my testimonies through experiences that I know without a doubt came straight from him. I love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and feel the blessing of God daily.

How I live my faith

The Church is centered on the Jesus Christ, our Savior, and he is my example in living my everyday life. He was a perfect being, and I know that I can be that, but I can try to be the best I can, and he will make up the rest for me as long as I remain worthy. I like to do things and surround myself with things and people that invite the Spirit to be around, and who hold high standards. I like to listen to clean music, and stay away from damaging and hurtful lyrics. I choose music that is wholesome and uplifting, and surround myself with media that meets the same standards. I choose not to use profanity or use language that it meant to be offensive. I try to serve everyone and anyone, since Christ did not discriminate. I uphold my covenants to be chaste, which means not becoming sexually involved until marriage. That means that I stay clear of pornography and situations that may lead to rash decisions. I live by the word of wisdom which declares that I will not drink coffee, tea, or alcohol, smoke tobacco, use any kind of illegal drugs, or use any substance that can become addictive. I also chose to stay clear of caffeine, which includes energy drinks or caffeinated soda pop. I observe Sunday as a sacred day and a Sabbath day. By this I mean that I do not work, shop, or go out on Sundays, but instead I use them to go to church, serve others, read my scriptures, and spend time with my family. Because I am a priesthood holder, I enjoy the ability to serve the Lord in doing ordinances like performing the sacrament prayers on Sundays. I like to serve the Lord, although it is not always easy, but it always worth it. I will never be as perfect as the Savior, but no one can be, but I try to be the best I can, and that is how I live my faith.