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Hi I'm Andrew

I'm a violinist. I study mathematics. I like to run, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm going to college right now at Brigham Young University. I have recently decided to study mathematics, though I've been indecisive about what to study for about a year and a half of school. I like to play the violin--my mom started me when I was four, and I probably didn't always like it, but I'm grateful she put up with it now. I like to run long distances. I like the feeling you get after the first two miles or so, the one where you just feel like you could run for forever. I always feel better after a run, long or short.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and looking back on my life, I'm extremely grateful to my parents for teaching me about Jesus Christ and what He means in my life. I chose to be baptized when I was eight years old because I believed that Christ had suffered and died for me, that He had rose the third day, and commissioned His Apostles to establish His church throughout the world. Through my teenage years, I strongly believed that Christ's original church had been changed by men shortly after it was established, and much truth was lost. I trusted that in the early 1800s, God called a prophet named Joseph Smith to bring back the things that had been lost and to establish Christ's Church once again upon the earth. Over the last couple of years, I had the opportunity to serve as a missionary for the Church in Sacramento, CA. I had always believed what my parents had taught me, but my beliefs had never been challenged so much as they were during those two years of my life. I served mainly among the Hispanic people, and I had never seen so much suffering, hardship, and pain. I also talked to people with strong convictions that Joseph Smith could not have been a prophet. I had a strong desire to settle for myself that there really is a God, and that this is His Church. As I read from the Book of Mormon and gave myself to earnest prayer, I felt the comfort of the Spirit of God enter into my heart. Those two years were some of the hardest of my life, but I came closer to God during that time than I did for the 19 years previous. I now know that life is hard, and it is meant to be that way. But there is comfort, hope, and relief in living as Christ expects us to live. That is why I choose to continue to follow His gospel. I know that God is real, because He has answered my prayers and illuminated my mind and heart to be able to understand more of His plan.

How I live my faith

I have served in various capacities in Church organization. As a young man, I often helped plan weekly activities for the youth of the Church, and occasionally had an opportunity to share a spiritual thought in our meetings. During my first year of college, I served as an assistant financial clerk for the congregation I was in. I currently serve as an instructor for the college age Sunday school men's class. Although I am in no way an expert on Church doctrine, I feel that God helps me study and prepare for lessons that I am scheduled to teach. I feel that living my faith is really in the little decisions I make each and every day. I try to maintain a high moral standard by "sweating the small stuff," in a sense. If I let myself slip in little things, then it will lead to a large degradation of my moral integrity. I believe that the little decisions I make every day to try to follow Christ and avoid sin are the true measure of my character.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

We believe that we are saved by the grace of Christ--through his suffering and death and Resurrection. There is no other way we can be saved. I think that one reason why some people are confused on this subject is that our idea of the role of grace may be different from conventional Christianity. While grace alone can save us, another role of grace is to perfect us. We cannot "work" our way into heaven, but if we are truly following Christ and allowing Him into our lives, He will change us--we will begin to abandon all sin, and we will begin to develop Christ-like attributes. However, in the same way that Christ will not save us unless we accept Him, He will not perfect us unless we strive to follow His example. We manifest our faith in His redeeming grace by "working" to follow His example. Show more Show less