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Hi I'm Andrew

I have a wonderful wife and 5 great kids. I love sports and I'm a dentist and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

There is nothing special about me. I really am about the most average person out there. I had a great family growing up which helped me to make some good decisions. I played college baseball and went on a mission for the Mormon church in Arizona. After that, I returned to the same junior college that I attended before my mission to continue my education and play baseball. There I met my beautiful wife. We have been married 11 years and have moved all over the United States. We both graduated from Brigham Young University -- GO COUGS -- with bachelors degrees. After that we moved to Cleveland where I went to Dental School and we began our family having our first two kids, both boys. Dental School was filled with a bunch of long days and long nights, but somehow we survived and while in dental school I was awarded a schloarship from the Air Force. As a result, after I graduated from dental school we moved to Scott AFB, outside St. Louis for a residency, then served 2 more years in the Air Force at Whiteman AFB outside Kansas City. The Air Force was a great experience. Since then we moved to Coeur d'Alene, ID and added 3 more great kids (another boy, then finally a GIRL, and a boy to round it out) are working on a transition to buy a private dental practice there. It has been a great ride and I know that my Savior has been with me every step of the way. Everything I consider good in my life has come from my membership in the Mormon church.

Why I am a Mormon

I could be looked at as someone that is a Mormon because that is how I was brought up. Not only me, but my parents were brought up Mormon and even my grandparents were brought up Mormon. Early on it was really all that I knew. In fact, as a child living in Centerville, UT I just thought the whole world was Mormon. When I was 6 we moved to Spokane, WA and I learned real soon that the whole world was not Mormon, and in fact many people had some "interesting" ideas on what a Mormon was. It was new to me and made me question if there was more out there. As I grew into my teenage years I started to observe some really interesting things. Until then I was just going on faith that what I was learning from church and my parent was right. While in High School I began to really see that it was. Many of my friends and aquaintences would really mess up their lives by making decisions that were contrary to what I was being taught. Whether it was drugs and alcohol, and pre marital sex I actually saw first hand how these things effect your life for a long time, and not in a good way. So eventhough I didn't have the deep conviction of the church, I could see how living those teaching of Jesus Christ made my life better and gave me more freedom. As a result I stayed close to the church and started surrounding myself with good friends, not just Mormons, but kids that felt the same way I did about things. As I got closer to the age of 19 -- which is the age where we can choose to go on missions for the church -- it came time where I needed a conviction. I prayed to Heavenly Father and He let me know that it is not just a fluke that by living the teaching of Jesus Christ brought to pass happiness and freedom. It was that way because it was true. I know that it is true! I am a Mormon because I know the things that Jesus Christ taught and did for me are so I can return to live with Him.

How I live my faith

My life is my faith. It is not a Sunday thing. I don't just go to church Sunday and call it good. Day to day actions are governed by my convictions of the teachings of Jesus Christ. Church on Sunday is priceless and there could not be anything that takes its place, but it is just another thing I do because I know that is where the happiness lies. Monday night my family and I will sit down and reflect on the teachings of Jesus Christ and why they are important, and then do something fun as a family. My wife and I attend one of the Temples regularly to learn more and deepen our convictions in the Gospel. My wife helps to teach the children at church, and I teach adults at church, as well as help with some of the clerical things. We go to church activities and serve in the community, not because we have to, but becasue we know that is how we can make things better in this world. I have learned that the more that I do this the more that I know it is what I am suppsed to be doing, because I feel good about doing it.