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Hi I'm Andrew

I eat anything in sight, enjoy exercising, I'm the world's biggest Harry Potter fan, a missionary in Spokane, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'd say the two best words that describe me are: happy and energetic. That's probably because of the ridiculous amount of food I consume. I like to pretend I'm a healthy eater, but chocolate chip cookies would be the exception. All that energy has to go somewhere, so I really enjoy playing racquetball, weightlifting, running, and practicing my karate skills. I'm very close to my family, considering them my best friends. I'm the oldest of four children (so I was the "test child" for my parents; lucky me). My younger brother has autism which has had a big impact on the way I view the world and the people around me. I try my best to find the good in everyone and to consider all I meet with as true friends. I've found the greatest joy in life comes from the relationships I have with my family, my friends, myself, and God. I am currently serving a mission in Spokane, Washington. To describe my experience is almost beyond words. I am eternally grateful to my Heavenly Father to serve him full-time in bringing the Gospel to His children. There have been hard moments, but the joyous ones stand out more. The people I have met are amazing and seeing them choose to follow Jesus Christ is the best thing I've ever witnessed. One of the many lessons I've learned is that it doesn't have to end after two years; I'm committed to continue to be a missionary for the rest of my life by my example and reaching out to others.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate enough to be born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Growing up in the Church, I had many experiences with the Holy Ghost that the Church was what it claimed to be: the fulness of Jesus Christ's teachings. Seminary (an LDS religious program taken in high school) was a great testimony builder for me and I was determined to serve as a missionary for the Church. Being a missionary has helped me learn that a testimony is not a single event, but rather a lifelong process. Meeting hundreds of different people with their own perceptions and ideas of life made me step back and look at what I had been taught. Was what I learned since my youth really true? Was there a God? Was Joseph Smith a prophet? I always believed it; but I really wanted to know. I looked at it from all different angles and realized that my testimony of the Book of Mormon was what held it all together. Because I had taken that challenge to read the book in seminary and to ask God of its validity, I knew that what I was teaching every day was true. And its a witness I continue to nourish every day. Why am I a Mormon? Because of the perfect and pure peace, joy, comfort, guidance, and love that comes from this Church. Nothing but goodness comes from it. It. Is. A. Tough. Road. To. Live. But I've learned that as I strive in faith, hope, and charity I continue to gain witnesses that this is the right path and that every step is worth it. Simply put: Its what creates every thing good and joyful in my life.

How I live my faith

Faith is an action word. If I truly believe this is Christ's Church, I'm going to do my best to abide His teachings. I will also do all I can to build His kingdom upon the earth. I've worked as a teacher for the eleven year-old kids in Primary (the children's Sunday School organization in the Church) and am serving a full-time mission in Washington and Idaho.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Andrew
This question is one I have been asked A LOT as a missionary. Many people ask us "Do you believe you are saved by grace or works?" I've found there is usually a misunderstanding on what is meant by the terms "grace" and "works" between different religions. We believe grace to be "divine means of help or strength, given through the bounteous mercy and love of Jesus Christ" (LDS Bible Dictionary). As Latter-Day Saints, we believe that it is only because of Jesus Christ that we can be cleansed from sin and be able to return to live with Him. We definitely believe we are saved by grace. We believe our "works" to be the manifestations of our faith in Jesus Christ, including repentance and baptism and striving to do our best to follow His example each and every day. If I truly accept Christ in my life, I'm going to follow Him. I'm not perfect and am not able to "work my way into heaven" --- that's impossible. But I will do that which will allow me to grasp Christ's outstretched hand so that by His grace I will be saved. Show more Show less