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Hi I'm Andrew

I grew up in London, I'm becoming an economist, I love Indian food, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in London, Chicago, New York, LA, Houston, and finally Orange County where my parents still live. In high school I played Tennis and Water Polo and debated politics with my friends. I went to school at Brigham Young University majoring in Economics and Mathematics. I'm a nerd, and I like yoda. And this summer I enrolled in an Economics PhD program at Wharton. I love economics and I'm trying to use it to make the world a little better. I'm really interested in its application to improve education policy and outcomes in inner city schools and struggling rural areas.

Why I am a Mormon

I remember for a long time being sort of skeptical about the church. Like: "these people are nice, but really, I'm not sure I buy the whole taco stand." But, like a good scientist, I tested it. I read the Book of Mormon--it was phenominal. As I read it, passages leapt off the page nearly every day that dealt specifically with my questions, worries, and challenges. The Spirit confirms truth by giving us "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith" and that's what I get every time I read the Book of Mormon. It's given me a depth of relation with the Savior that I didn't know was possible. It's given me purpose and direction which guides me to do good and give wholeheartedly. It's given me peace in times of great struggle and hardship. I know that this Church is true and that it can bless your life if you let it.

How I live my faith

I read the scriptures and pray as often as I can to develop my faith and relationship with my Heavenly Father. With my church, I help tutor inner-city high school students so that they can live a fuller life and perhaps help lift others in their future.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Andrew
We believe in following Christ which includes following him into the waters of baptism: "I know that if ye shall follow the Son, with full purpose of heart...yea, by following your Lord and your Savior down into the water, according to his word, behold, then shall ye receive the Holy Ghost." (2 Nephi 31:13) We believe that baptism represents the death of the "old man of sin" and the birth of our new life as a Christian, dedicated to following Christ (Romans 6:6). We believe that baptism is necessary for salvation (John 3:5) and so the Lord has prepared a way for people who never had a chance in this life to receive baptism. Perhaps the most important thing is that when we are baptized, we make a covenant (a promise to the Lord) that we are "willing to take upon [ourselves] the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he has given them, that [we] may always have his Spirit to be with [us]" (Moroni 4:3) Show more Show less