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Hi I'm Andy

I'm a husband, a father, a software engineer, a fisherman, a student of Hebrew, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the husband of a wonderful wife, the father of three awesome sons and of one beautiful and very talented daughter! I've been writing software since I was in Elementary School, where three other friends and I sold our first program to the school district. (We were on TV in the United States and Japan for our accomplishment.) I love to fish and boat, especially with my 10 year-old daughter. I love the Scriptures. I've been studying Biblical and Modern Hebrew for about a decade, off and on, and I love uncovering deeper meaning in the Old Testament, as well as finding richer understanding of the Book of Mormon people, and the culture of the New Testament. Having Israeli friends has helped my understanding of both the culture and the language from which our ancient Scriptures come. And, when I'm not spending time with my family, working, fishing, shooting, or serving in the Church, I love to read fiction -- especially Science Fiction and Fantasy. Oh, I'm also a diabetic -- have been since I was 11 years-old, and thankfully I've been in good health. I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Boston Massachusetts. And now when I have a little free time you might find me building or launching a high power rocket or making an experimental high power rocket motor for the next launch...

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 7 years-old some friends from school invited me to go to Primary with them. Back in those days, Primary (the Church's program for Elementary School aged children) was held in the middle of the week after school. My Mom panicked and called the police when I didn't come home from School. A few hours later I came home and she asked "Where have you been?" I explained that I had been at Church. I can't tell you today who those schoolmates were that invited me, where they live, or what they have done with their lives, except this: their simple invitation to go to Primary was the start of the most wonderful thing in my life -- my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I was baptized when I was eight years-old. When I was thirteen or fourteen, the God of Heaven worked a miracle in our family that brought rest of the family back to Church. The missionaries taught and baptized my younger brother, and as they taught our family, the Spirit of God bore witness to me that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. As I read and studied the Book of Mormon, and prayed about its message and content, the gentle promptings of the Spirit of God gave me sure knowledge that it is true. Since then I've studied the Bible in it's original languages and found that only the doctrine of the this Church match perfectly the doctrines taught in the Bible and that many of the doctrines most opposed by our adversaries are taught more in the Bible than in our other Scriptures. As I've read and re-read the Book of Mormon, the Spirit still bears witness of its veracity, and I find myself edified and certain that God lives and directs the work of this Church. As I serve in His Church and Kingdom, the Almighty strengthens that certainty, and brings me peace and joy. My family, my life, my joy is happy and good, because of this Church, and because God has done more with my life than ever I would have on my own!

How I live my faith

I currently serve as an assistant in my congregation's High Priest Group leadership. I also find joy in teaching the Gospel and in sharing what I've learned from the Scriptures, especially in showing how strongly the Bible teaches and reinforces doctrines that are usually though of as being unique to Mormons.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Andy
We are not really different from other Christians in our view of grace. We believe that our salvation is entirely dependent upon the grace of Jesus Christ. No works of our own, no matter how important or great can overcome the effects of sin - only the atonement of Christ does that. Like other Christians, we accept Paul's statement "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." (Romans 10:9) We further believe that this salvation will come to nearly all, as we are also told that "at the name of Jesus every knee should bow", and "every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord." (Philip. 2:10-11) Nevertheless, we also recognize Paul's admonition to "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." (Philip. 2:12) And we remember the words or the Savior himself who said "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 7:21) We understand that God has expectations of us, and that his commandments are designed not just to save us after this life - but to save us now, from sorrow and sadness we could otherwise avoid. His promises to the faithful go beyond mere salvation, as he said "And, behold, I come quickly and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." (Rev. 22:12) Notice his promises in Rev. 3 to those who overcome by faith! Show more Show less