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Hi I'm Andrew

I grew up in Spokane, WA. I love to teach History, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Washington State to a family of two parents, one brother, and four sisters. I am one of the younger kids in the family, therefore, I feel that I have benefitted from observing the experiences of my older siblings. I spent a lot of my childhood and teenage years playing sports, video games, and watching movies. I really enjoy playing baseball, basketball, football, tennis, and really anything else with a ball. I also like to fish, hunt, rock climb, bike, swim, and hike, which is great because my beautiful wife and I just moved to Montana. All in all, I consider myself a well rounded person who likes to learn about people and the world around me. Ten years ago, I had the opportunity to apply my interest of people and the world when I was called as a full-time missionary to Washington DC and its surrounding areas. That experience was a major eye-opener for me because it allowed me to meet and interact with people from all over the world. After returning from DC, I wasn't too sure of what to study in college, but after almost a decade of decision making, and six years of college, I settled on becoming a high school social studies teacher so I could help students generate interest in people and their history.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised into the Mormon faith. Growing up, I knew nothing different in that I knew that smoking and drinking were unhealthy, that I shouldn't use bad language, and that church was on Sunday. As I grew older and realized that many of my friends didn't live the same way that I lived, I naturally started to think about and compare my lifestyle with theirs. There were times when I easily could have justified or rationalized my behavior to their way of thinking, but I always knew inside that I would be letting down someone, whether it be a friend, a leader, my folks, or ultimately God. This is not to say that this was always easy, but looking back, it has been a great blessing to me. I have come to learn that my decisions in life have brought forth the good fruits of my life. I believe that these decisions have been based on the principles found in the gospel of Jesus Christ and are grounded in the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon. These principles are here for anyone and everyone, regardless of who you are or what you've done in your life. They are truly "the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6) that the Savior, Himself, has said will lead you back to return to live with God. There have been many times when others, including good friends, have challenged my faith. I have listened to their concerns, read their pamphlets, and watched their films. I appreciate their sincere concern for me and as well as my salvation, but I have learned through the power of the Holy Ghost, independently of anyone or anything, that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints is the Savior's church here upon the earth. I also know that we have a Prophet of God on the earth, much like Abraham, Moses, or Isaiah in ancient times. I know that Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus Christ just as Moses saw God (Exodus 33:11) and as Stephen saw both God and Jesus (Acts 7:55-56). I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world and will return again.

How I live my faith

Like many other Mormons, I try to live my faith the best that I can, knowing that I fall short often but rely faithfully on the Savior's grace. One of the ways that I try to live my faith is by teaching the 7 and 8 year olds during Sunday School with my lovely wife. This experience has been very enjoyable, partly because I get to spend all of church with my wife, but also get to teach kids that are preparing to be baptized. (The church teaches that children are baptized at an age of accountability, which is 8 years old). Baptism is the first step that these kids take to become members of the Church, as well as the first time that they make special and personal promises to God to strive to follow Jesus Christ. This experience has been rewarding because like many times in teaching, my wife and I come away learning more from these children about how to live our faith, then we go in thinking we'll teach them.