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Hi I'm Andy

In my youger days I built bridges. Now I bridge the gaps by solving problems and disputes on big construction jobs. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I’m a husband, dad, grandpa, boy scoutmaster, construction dispute consultant, and run a few cattle on my farm. I still enjoy swimming and kayaking. I like to hike in the mountains. I enjoy nature. I still camp, fly fish, and do simple things like flying kites and telling stories to my grand kids. In my early career, I’ve managed the building of big bridges, and other heavy civil work. I like to see a job run well. But more so, I like to see groups working well together, and solving the problems that come along with those big jobs. I’ve learned over the years that this is not easy to achieve. But when it is achieved, it is refreshing, and a sense of accomplishment is obtained in more ways than just having a structure built. Over the years, I have learned what the obstacles are to a smooth running project, as well as a smooth running life. I have spent 27 years resolving disputes and problems on big jobs. On the side I like working at my Mountain Valley farm. After I had joined the LDS Church, when I was 24, I was asked to be a Scoutmaster. I have sense spent many years working as a volunteer leader in the Boy Scouts. Now that I have moved back to my small home town, I became a Scoutmaster again. We have 18 delightful grandkids and a 142 acre farm in which I am working to turn into a grandkid paradise. I live close to my aging parents, and am enjoying spending time with them. I see all this as another opportunity to build bridges of a different kind.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a devout Baptist. I had started College and my scripture studies prompted doctrinal questions that my church leader’s just did not answer. It was at that time I had decided to set out on a crusade to find a church that could answer my questions. Atcollege, some Mormon missionaries lived two doors down from our trailer. I had never heard anything about Mormons. They had introduced themselves and welistened to what they had to say. We went to church with them, and studied their beliefs and read some of the Book of Mormon. I found the answers I was looking for. In my excitement, I went home one weekend and shared what I had found with my parents. They told me that I should not join that church and told me things that I found was just simply untrue. I decided to continue my crusade. For four years I investigated different protestant faiths. After four years, I returned to seek out the Mormans. We went to their church. We asked the missionaries to come to our home and teach us all about their church. Their doctrinal teachings were refreshing. When I prayed, I felt a closeness to my Father in Heaven, and Jesus Christ like I had never felt before. They spoke of the role of the Holy Spirit and that He would confirm spiritual truths to our souls. To all this, I received spiritual confirmation, void of any emotional environment. I received a confirmation that Jesus was the Christ like I had never received before. It was deeper, clearer, and purer. There was no pressure by the missionaries. They did not need it. They simply taught correct principles, and then asked us to study it out and ask in private prayer if what they taught was correct. I remember so well the warm feelings I felt each time I prayed. The Holy Spirit converted me, not men, or any compelling salesmanship. I tasted waters from the source. I could not deny it. My soul was filled. I believe with every fiber of my soul that this Church is everything it says it is.

How I live my faith

How I live my faith, comes natural to me. I guess it is because the Lord has changed my heart, and my desires in life. Christ said “if ye love me, keep my commandments.” I do love my Lord, and I enjoy striving to keep the commandments, like going to church each week, visiting the assigned family on a regular basis, helping them if the need arises and helping the poor and needy, sharing the gospel, reading the scriptures, praying often, paying my tithes and offerings, and on and on. But I have discovered a great secret in doing these things... that can not be found any other way. It is a relationship and deeper understanding of my God, whom I know is my father. Too, I live my faith by trying with all my might to treat my fellow man like I want to be treated. And you know, friendships spring from this that enrich my life, for you see these friends, are eternal. I will always have them. The love it brings...., Christ was so right, when he taught to serve others brings happiness. It is so true. My home now adorn with pictures of my Savior. It’s because I have come to know him, through keeping those commandments he ask me to keep. I know my redeemer lives....and he knows me by my name. Oh what comfort that gives. Peace is mine.....Andy Goldsmith.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

We believe that we are saved by God's grace, but only after all that we have done everything in our power to do what He has asked us to do. This is one of the most sensible doctrines of the kingdom of God, and is in harmony with the idea that you get out what you put in....except in this case, when one pursues salvation, one gets more than he puts in. For we know that we are all imperfect, and completly reliant on God to save us from this mortal existance. This concept show a reliance on God, but also allows me to look him in the eye, knowing I did my best, and what he expected of me. He said he will judge each of us by our works, but in the end his grace will be required to fill the great gulf of my emperfections. Yes I know I am saved by grace, after all I can do. I would expect noting less from a Father that truly loves me, but wants me to grow to be more like him. Show more Show less