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Hi I'm Andy

I'm an Arizonan who loves making music, running, designing software, speaking Korean, being a husband/father, and being a Mormon.

About Me

Sitting still was never my forte. I love to move, travel, and interact with people. A glutton for punishment, I like running in the mornings on the Arizona canal banks. I love that feeling of having my mind control what my body is doing when the running gets tough (I'm in charge here, legs!). I play the piano/keyboards, and was in a band during my younger years. I love singing and writing music. Synthesizers, computer music, and arranging are the things I spend time on when I take time for me. I'm married to an amazing woman who is my best friend, and she's a much better pianist than me. We have four very active teenagers (3 girls and 1 boy) who all have inherited my penchant for staying busy. We are right in the midst of high school now, and it sometimes feels like we're swallowing a whole potato, proverbially speaking. But I wouldn't trade it for the world. We love our kids and they bring my wife and I so much joy--especially when they aren't putting dents in the car or fighting over who gets to wear the cute shirt to school. (Sound familiar?)

Why I am a Mormon

My mother’s family have been members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since nearly the founding of the church (1830). My father is a convert who joined when he was in his late 20's. After joining the church in California, he met my mother and they were married in Los Angeles. So growing up, I had the chance to observe good people in my extended family, both Latter-day Saints and other Christians, and I saw how their beliefs and Gospel understanding affected their lives in real and personal ways. I sensed early in my life that my immediate family had something that my father’s extended family didn’t have. These relatives were wonderful and happy people, but they were missing the added happiness and blessings that came from living the teachings that are taught in Christ’s restored church—the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And I noticed how those same teachings blessed me personally when I did what I could to live them. When I was around 14-years-old, I had to know for myself if what I was taught by my parents was really true. I had read the scriptures on my own and with my family, and I enjoyed going to church. But I felt like I needed to get an answer from God that it was really the right thing. I remember kneeling by my bed one night and sincerely asking if all these things (the Book of Mormon, the church, etc.) were true. During this prayer, I distinctly remember having a feeling of peace like I had never before experienced. I also received an unmistakable awareness that God really did know who I was personally, and that He loved me. That’s how I initially gained my own personal conviction that not only does God live and care about us, but he shows His love by answering our prayers, and by providing inspired, living prophets today. The Lord has always answered my prayers in one way or another, and I’ve never been sorry for following the council of His inspired servants.

How I live my faith

Because of my belief in Christ and His church, I wanted to serve—like many young people do—as a full-time missionary for the church. I was so excited when I was called to serve in the Korea Pusan Mission (the southeast quadrant of South Korea). I quickly grew to love the Korean people, and was so thrilled to share the Gospel there. Being faced daily with the opportunity to share my beliefs with others not of my faith, my conviction regarding the church was strengthened even more. I saw many people who believed in God find the lasting happiness that they had been searching for. Currently I'm serving as the bishop for my congregation (ward). It's one of the most challenging, but one of the most rewarding things I've ever done. Being the bishop has me spending lots of time with our ward's fantastic young people. So I spend a lot of time counseling teens, attending their activities, and helping them find ways to serve each other. My wife and my four teenagers are all very active in these activities too, so it's a great opportunity for me to share these great experiences with my family. Also, as the bishop it's my privilege and responsibility to seek out the poor, helping people who struggle economically, emotionally, and spiritually. These are tough economic times in Arizona, and it’s been a humbling, amazing experience for me watch firsthand how the Lord’s church provides help for those that need assistance, and to see how the Lord blesses those who strive to help themselves.