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Hi I'm Andrew

I'm an EMT, a husband and a father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an EMT. I drive an ambulance and take care of people on the way to the hospital or to their medical appointments. Interacting with new people every day is a great joy for me. I am preparing to go to school to become a Physician's Assistant. I've been married to my wife for 12+ years and it still feels like our honeymoon. I'm still in love with her and love her more than ever. She is my best friend and we intend to be together forever, and happy. I have three boys who are a delight. My oldest and I have taken up fishing this year. My middle son and I pick black berries and my youngest and I read and play dinosaurs. I like to write and teach. I like to draw with my computer. I like to take photos. I like to watch movies. I love the beach. I like to play games of all kinds. Laughing and smiling is what I do best.

Why I am a Mormon

Ultimately, I would have to say the reason I am a Mormon is because I want to be truly saved by Jesus Christ. I want salvation and redemption and transformation. God answered my prayers and I know for myself that this is the church Jesus Christ is using to do these things in my life. I joined this church when I was 18 years old. Though most people may think this is too young to commit yourself to another church, I had been preparing for this choice for a very long time. I have no regrets really regarding my old religion, its just that when I learned European history in 10th grade I realized that I needed a religion that more spiritually lived up to the teachings of Jesus Christ as I found them in the New Testament. I had a realization for myself personally as well - I saw that I could live the world's way, or Christ's way. The one thing I learned from all my Bible reading is that those who follow Christ will suffer, but be victorious, while those who don't follow Christ will seem to thrive, but later suffer for their choice. I decided to live the best I could on the path of Jesus Christ. My life has been greatly blessed every time I live by the teachings of Jesus Christ. The full truth is available here in this church for anyone and everyone who is ready to change their life for the better and allow God into their life on a deeper, more meaningful level. As with anything, we get out of it according to the effort we put into it.

How I live my faith

As with everything, its the little things. I make it a point every day to pray in the morning and at night. I keep my heart open to God's influence throughout the day. I read from scripture every morning. I pray with my family and read from the Book of Mormon every day. These activities allow the Spirit of God to be my companion in my life. I am currently serving as the leader (unpaid clergy in this church) of the missionary work of my congregation. I encourage people to read from the Book of Mormon for 40 days consecutively so they can have a meaningful spiritual experience as they grow closer to God in this way. Then I encourage them to share the experience with others and pass along this invitation to read from the Book of Mormon for 40 days straight and see what good spiritual influence it can have on them. My wife and I go to the Temple once a month. Here we can re-experience our first visit and re-commit to the highly spiritual lifestyle God want us to enjoy in this life. The Temple visit is the greatest blessing of Christ's Gospel. I feel closer to God at the Temple and I always come away with a renewed understanding of God's love for me and his expectation that I will love others that way too.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

I think that when people see a group of people who can be so unified around a religion they think that the only way this is possible is through some kind of mental or emotional coercion. Outsiders can't seem to accept alternative explanations because that would damage their current view of the world. Often times people pick a scape goat to blame on why their loved ones leave the church they were born into. I've been a Latter-day Saint for over 20 years now. While it is amazing how diverse individuals can each have such great zeal for the same religion, I find it impossible to characterize this church as a cult. There are seriously head strong people in the church and Jesus is a so demanding of us that no one would stay if they did not have a true testimony obtained by study of the doctrine, answers to prayer and viable positive results found in actually living by the Gospel standards, laws and commandments. Show more Show less