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Hi I'm Andy

I love to skateboard, go to the beach, and play Call of Duty. I'm 17 and can grill anything you give me. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the only Mormon in my family, but we are closer than ever now than before. I was baptized Feb 21, 2010. I love the Gospel. I have one older brother by 16 months. I like to play video games, skate board, and hangout with friends. I love to go out with the missionaries, play basketball, and read the scriptures with my best friend. I love to go to church!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that this is Christ's Church. I have seen the blessings of those around me and desired to seek out those same for myself. Even after my baptism I didn't receive or feel the blessings that were abundantly waiting for me. Until, I began to embrace the Gospel in my life and really make an effort, with real intent, to strive to live in the light of Christ. The word of wisdom was one of my biggest struggles before and after joining the church. I was a teenager stuck between drugs and Christ's love. After prayer, my answer came in God's time and in God's way. Then I knew, I much rather be addicted to Christ's everlasting love than something that only gave me temporal happiness. Witness of others, who obeyed these commandments and received the promised blessings, will only be able to inspire you for so long. So, I had to seek these things for myself. I wanted to be blessed. I wanted to be like Christ, and I want to return to my Heavenly Father and His only begotten son one day. I now live the gospel with real intent and the change is miraculous. When I hangout with friends I haven't seen in a while they tell me i'm not the same person. I smile and say, "Thank you. I'm trying not to be." This is why i choose to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in way that benefits others as much or more than it benefits me. I love to serve in the ward. My favorite thing to do when i'm not working my two jobs is to teach lessons with the missionaries. I feel better about myself and like my own problems are not as bad as my mind can make them out to be when i serve. I am blessed greatly by my heavenly father, because he loves me and I am a child of God.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Andy
Have you ever thought there must be something more to life than just living day to day? There is—much more. Your life has a divine purpose. God, your Heavenly Father, has prepared a marvelous plan for your happiness. When you realize that God has a plan for you, it is easier to understand why you are on this earth. God wants all of His children to progress and become more like Him. This time on Earth provides opportunities for you to grow and progress. Coming here allows you to: Receive a physical body. Exercise agency and learn to choose between good and evil. Learn and gain experience that will help you become more like your Heavenly Father. Form family relationships that may become eternal. By following our Heavenly Father’s plan, you—like all of His children—can someday return to live with Him and with your loved ones. You can have greater peace in this life and eternal joy in the life to come. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Andy
Most of our scriptural writings have come through apostles and prophets. Through apostles and prophets, God has given His children sacred writings called scriptures. The scriptures can help you know God, His love for you, and His teachings. To the Christian world the most well-known collection of scriptures is the Holy Bible. In addition to the Bible, Latter-day Saints accept the following books as scripture: The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, a record of God’s dealings with the inhabitants of ancient America (2000 BC – 400 AD). The Doctrine and Covenants, a collection of revelations and inspired declarations given for the establishment and regulation of the Church of Jesus Christ in the last days (1830 AD – 1978 AD). The Pearl of Great Price, a selection of revelations, translations, and writings of Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Andy
Our body is a precious gift from God. To help keep our bodies and our minds healthy and strong, God gave a law of health to Joseph Smith in 1833. This law is known as the Word of Wisdom (see Doctrine and Covenants 89:1-21). In addition to emphasizing the benefits of proper eating and physical and spiritual health, God has spoken against the use of: Tobacco. Alcohol. Coffee and tea. Illegal drugs. God promises great physical and spiritual blessings to those who follow the Word of Wisdom. Today, the scientific community promotes some of the same principles that a loving God gave to Joseph Smith nearly two centuries ago. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Andy
When Jesus Christ lived on the earth, He organized His Church so that all people could receive His gospel and return one day to live with God, our Heavenly Father. After Jesus Christ died, was resurrected and ascended to heaven, His Apostles continued to receive revelation from Him through the Holy Ghost on how to direct the work of His Church. However, after they were killed, members changed the teachings of the Church that He had established. While many good people and some truth remained, this Apostasy, or general falling away from the truth, brought about the withdrawal of the Church from the earth (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3; Acts 20:29-30). The Apostle Peter prophesied that Jesus would restore His Church before His Second Coming (Acts 3:19-21). Jesus Christ began to restore His Church in its fulness to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1820. It has grown to become a worldwide Church with over 13 million members. It has the same teachings and basic organization as the Church established by Jesus in New Testament times. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Andy
At various times, the Lord has commanded His people to practice plural marriage. For example, He gave this command to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, and Solomon (Doctrine and Covenants 132:1). At other times the Lord has given other instructions. In the Book of Mormon, the Lord told the prophet Jacob “for there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife: and concubines he shall have none... for if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people; otherwise they shall hearken unto these things” (Jacob 2:27-30). In this dispensation, the Lord commanded some of the early Saints to practice plural marriage. The Prophet Joseph Smith and those closest to him, including Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball, were challenged by this command, but they obeyed it. Church leaders regulated the practice. Those entering into it had to be authorized to do so, and the marriages had to be performed through the sealing power of the priesthood. In 1890, President Wilford Woodruff received a revelation that the leaders of the Church should cease teaching the practice of plural marriage (Official Declaration 1). The Lord’s law of marriage is monogamy unless he commands otherwise to help establish the House of Israel (see Encyclopedia of Mormonism Vol. 3, pp. 1091-1095). Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Andy
When Jesus Christ lived on the earth, He established His Church. After His Ascension into heaven, His Apostles carried on His work under His direction, through revelation and with His priesthood authority. After the Apostles and many righteous Church members were killed and other members departed from the truth, the Lord took the priesthood authority and His Church from the earth. Without God’s priesthood authority, the Church no longer functioned as Christ had established it. The ordinances were changed and many plain and simple truths were lost. While many good people and some truth remained, the original Church was lost. The Apostles prophesied of the falling away or Apostasy. One example is Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3). The Apostle Peter prophesied of the “restitution of all things” before Christ’s Second Coming (Acts 3:19-21). Having been lost because of the Apostasy, Christ’s Church and His authority were to be restored to the earth. This Restoration would make available the opportunity for all to receive once again all of the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith’s First Vision marked the beginning of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth. In subsequent years, Christ restored His priesthood and reorganized His Church. He has continued to reveal truths to His prophets and to restore the blessings that were taken from the earth for a time. Show more Show less