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Hi I'm Andrew Melot

I was born in Layton Utah. Later I moved to Washington State. I am a Full time Missionary. I'm a Mormon

About Me

When I was in high school I played football and I wrestled and I threw in track and field. I am a member of the Boy-Scouts of America and have earned my Eagle Scout Award, as well as the Duty to God Award which is the religious equivalent of the Eagle Scout Award. I am the third son in a group of five boys and only one girl. I love to read and food is always good. I enjoy cooking and baking. I loved to sing In choir for my school. I know a little American Sign Language and I love History and because of that I am thinking about becoming a History Teacher at a Deaf Elementary School when I get older.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a family where my mother was a member and my dad was as born again christian. I grew up with that difference and saw how they had similarities and differences. My whole life i worked to learn the truth and to gain a testimony of what i had been taught when i was a child and over time i have. I was born and raised in the Church. I made the choice to remain a member of the church because i felt something when i was there that i didn't feel many other places in my life. I know that the Gospel is true, and I know Joesph Smith was a prophet of God. I know Thomas S. Monsen is a prophet of God. I know that God lives. I know that Jesus is the Christ and that he died and atoned for our sins. I know this because i have felt the Spirit bear testimony of this to me.

How I live my faith

I was the assistant to the Bishop of my ward, which means that I was the youth leader of a group of sixteen to eighteen year old young men in our church. I work with them to encourage friendship and brotherhood in our lives. I am a home-teacher of four families in our community and they are families that i help to look after. I have a hand in planning the activities of my quorum. I am also serving a Full-Time Mission for the Church. I am a Full-Time Missionary who began by serving in the San Jose, California Mission.After that I received my Visa to go to the Zimbabwe Harare Mission. I served in California for a period of seven and a half months. I spent the remainder of my two years in Zimbabwe Harare, and have finished my time as a full time missionary. I will be leaving from Zimbabwe back to my home.I have loved my service as a missionary, and I have had a great experience while in this wonderful country, I love the people and the work is going great.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Andrew Melot
We do not worship Joseph Smith. We worship God the father and his son Jesus Christ. We do however hold the Prophet Joseph Smith in very high respect because of the work he did for the children of men. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Andrew Melot
We believe that He is the Christ. The Literal Son of God. We believe that He lived a perfect life, and that he Atoned for our sins and broke the bands of death. We believe that He crated the earth under the direction of the Father. We believe that he was the fulfillment of the prophesies in the Old Testament that promised a Messiah. We believe that He is our advocate with the Father, and that He will eventually return and judge us of our works. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Andrew Melot
No, all Mormons are not required to serve a full time mission. All members are missionaries. Young men are encouraged and told that they have a responsibility to serve and share the gospel, young women are told that they can serve if that is their desire and what they feel Heavenly Father wants them to do. Retired people, couples and singles are able to serve missions if their health will allow and if they desire to do so. We come from all over the world to serve our Lord and our fellow man. As Mormons we believe that our message of hope can bless the lives of everyone around us, so even when the people aren't called as missionaries they often still want to find some way to share what they believe and know to be true. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Andrew Melot
The Lord told us in Amos 3 verse 7 that He would reveal His secrets to the Prophets. The current living Prophet who receives revelations for the Church and the World is Thomas S. Monson. He has assistants who help him do the work of the Lord, and they are Henry B. Eyring and Dieter F Uctdorf. They work together to lead the children of God in the ways that lead to our Heavenly Father. We also have twelve men called to be Apostles who also lead the Church. The Qurome of the Twelve Apostles are all sustained as Prophets, Seers and Revelators. These men are led by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ to know those things that the people of the Earth need to know to return to be with them. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Andrew Melot
The Book of Mormon is another Testament to the divinity of Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer. It is proof that God lives, loves us and cares about all His children, not just the ones in Jerusalem. It is a book of scripture that was written by Prophets who lived in the ancient Americas. It proves that God always will call Prophets to lead and guide the people of the world. It contains the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by Him to the people who lived in the Americas at the time of his Resurrection. It teaches of the Ordinance of Baptism, and of the Sacrament. The Book of Mormon is proof that Joseph Smith was called of God and Jesus Christ to restore His church to the Earth, that the power and authority of God were restored through him, and that the fullness of Christ church is back on the Earth, to never again be taken away. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Andrew Melot
The Prophet Joseph Smith wrote in what we call the Articles of Faith "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly.." We believe the Bible to contain the word of God as given to the Prophets in the olden days, such as Adam, Noah, Moses, Abraham and many other Prophets. We also believe that it contains the teachings of Christ while he was on the Earth to His Apostles and the early Church. It contains the teachings of the Apostles after Christ ascended into Heaven. It is a book of Holy Scripture that we read along side other books of Scripture. In the Articles of Faith the Prophet Joseph Smith continued by saying ".. we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God." The Book of Mormon is another Testament of Jesus Christ that is the writings of Prophets who lived in the Americas during the same time as there were Prophets in Jerusalem. They testified of Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer and supports the Bible, and the Bible supports it. We also believe that Modern Revelation, as contained in what we call The Doctrine and Covenants, are scripture. These were Revelations from God and Jesus Christ to the Prophets that had to do with this time and the dealings of God directly with us. We also believe that the Pearl of Great Price which contains in it the Books of Moses and Abraham to be Scripture, as well as the translations, and writings of Joseph Smith are Scripture. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Andrew Melot
Yes husband and wife can live together forever, through out all eternity. The Savior gave the power to seal people together to his Apostles of old as shown in Matthew 16:19, and this power was restored in the Latter-days to the Prophet Joseph Smith. Because it was restored families could again be sealed together. The Ordinance of Sealing takes place in the Holy Temples. There husband and wife are sealed together for time and all eternity. So long as they follow Jesus Christ's example, and are obedient to the commandments of God they will be together forever. Any children they have together will also be sealed to them. We believe that in Heaven we will live with our families for the rest of eternity. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Andrew Melot
The Priesthood is the Authority to act in the name of God. To do what Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ would do if they were here on the Earth. It is the power that was given to the Prophets of the Old Testament, and to the Apostles of the New Testament. It allowed them to heal the sick, give sight to the blind and do all manner of miracles according to the faith of the Prophet and Apostle who was using it, and the person for whom it was used. It was given from Christ in Jerusalem to the original twelve Apostles and was restored to the Prophet Joseph Smith in the 1800's. Since then the authority to use the Priesthood has been given to the worthy men of the church. It is a power that allows us to serve and bless those around us and to learn better how to live Christ like lives. I have had the opportunity to see miracles in the lives of members of my family because of the Priesthood, and have been able to use the authority that I have received to bless those around me. It allows us to be able to perform ordinances in the Church, such as Baptisms. With the proper Priesthood authority on the Earth again we are able to receive all the blessings that were had in the days of Christs Earthly ministry. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Andrew Melot
The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that we are "to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to provide for the widow, to dry up the tear of the orphan, to comfort the afflicted, whether in this church, or in any other, or in no church at all." We serve anyone that we can. As a full time missionary serving in the San Jose Mission we are asked to get five acts for ten hours of service each week at the minimum. Most of that service, at least the service I and my Companion give is done at community centers, or cleaning up the trash on the streets. At those centers, whether it is a place that provides food for the elderly, or fixes up bikes for those who can not afford to buy new ones, my Companion and I are the only members of the Church there. We serve there to show our love for the Lord and for those around us. In Matthew chapter 25 verse 40 we are taught, to paraphrase, that what we do to others, or don't do, is counted as if we had done them to Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. We serve to strive to be Christlike. Christ served everyone, be they Jew, Gentile, Samaritan or otherwise. He wants us to do the same. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Andrew Melot
In both the Book of Mormon and in the Holy Bible we are told that all things testify of God. In Psalms we read "The Heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his Handywork." In the Book of Alma in the Book of Mormon we read "All things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth... and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator". These are wonderful reminders that the very world around us shows that He is there. I know He is there because I have felt his love for me, in more ways then I can count. I have seen miracles and blessings in my life, that could not have happened without Him. Look at a little new born baby, fresh from Heaven, and you can see that that baby is a gift from God. The scriptures tell us that without God to have created all of this it wouldn't be here. We wouldn't be here. The simple fact that we are here tells us that there is a God. Think about it, if you throw a lit stick of dynamite into a library you will get a "Big Bang" but you definitely wont get a complete Websters Dictionary. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Andrew Melot
The Restoration of the Gospel was needed because the power of the Priesthood, that authority that Jesus Christ gave to his Apostles, was lost from off of the Earth after the death of the Apostles and many good people who believed in the things that the Apostles taught. After the Apostles died, and the Priesthood was lost from the Earth, the Bible went through many changes as people would change it to say what they wanted it to say, or would remove things they didn't understand or want to live. Because of that many different churches began to appear, and they each understood the Bible differently. There had to be a Restoration because when people changed the Bible important truths were lost out of it. We needed all of those truths to be able to know how to return to be with Heavenly Father again. Think about it, draw a dot on a piece of paper, and see how many straight lines you can draw through it. That is like the Bible on its own, you can interpret it so many ways. Now draw a second dot and see how many straight lines you can draw through them both. There will only be one. That is like having the Restoration and the Book of Mormon added to the Bible. There is only one way to interpret it. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Andrew Melot
Heavenly Father taught Moses an important truth. He told Moses "For this is my work and my glory, to bring to pass the immortality and Eternal Life of Man." This means that Heavenly Father wants us to be able to return to live with him for the rest of eternity after this life is over. This is we are taught in the Book of Mormon is "the time to prepare to meet God" or the Purpose of life is to do those things that will allow us to live with Him again. We believe some of those things are 1. receive a physical body 2. Exercise agency (freedom to choose) and learn to choose between good and evil 3. Learn and gain experiences that will help you become more like your Heavenly Father 4. Form family relationships that may become eternal. We also believe that we must also follow the Gospel of Jesus christ as contained in the Bible and the Book of Mormon to be able to receive Eternal Life. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Andrew Melot
The Word of Wisdom is a revelation from God on how to keep ourselves healthy and strong. We are counseled to eat right and that we ought to abstain from tobacco, coffee, tea, alcohol and illegal or harmful drugs. This direction comes with a promise from God that if we take care of our body we will be able to receive spiritual promptings easier, and be more in tune with the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Andrew Melot
In John Chapter 3 verse 5 Jesus taught "Unless a man is born of water and of the Spirit he can not enter into the Kingdom of God." Jesus makes it very clear the importance of Baptism when he himself, a sinless man, went and was Baptized by John the Baptist. Without Baptism you can't receive Eternal Life. We Baptize new members because we have Priesthood Authority from God to perform the Baptism. Like John the Baptist, we have that authority from God which allows us to perform saving ordinances, such as Baptism. Without Baptism and without the Priesthood Authority to preform the ordinance then there is no way to be saved. When we are Baptized we covenant or promise Heavenly Father that we will accept Christ, follow him and keep the commandments to the end of our lives. In return the Lord promises to forgive our sins, let us return to live with him and to give us the gift of the Holy Ghost. If we keep our covenants and promises then we can receive of those things. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Andrew Melot
Joseph Smith, the first prophet of this age grew up in a time when a lot of different churches existed and he wanted to know which church if any of them were true. He had been raised believing that the Bible was the word of Prophets and contained the truth that those Prophets received from Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. So while he was reading it he read in the book of James chapter one verse five which says "If any of ye lack wisdom let him ask of God who giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not and it shall be given him". That made sense to Joseph and so he decided to do just that: ask of God. So he found a place where he would go and ask the Lord for wisdom. He went there and he prayed and asked God to know which church was true so he could know which one to join. The answer he received is now called the First Vision. He said in his own words, "I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun which descended gradually until it fell upon me. When the light rested upon my I saw two personages whose brightness and glory defy all description standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me calling me by name and said This is My Beloved Son Hear Him!" In this vision Jesus Christ answered Joseph's question and began the Restoration of the Gospel and the Church of Jesus Christ in its fullness. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Andrew Melot
The Book of Mormon was written by Prophets who lived in the Americas about 2000 years ago. It was kept by a Prophet named Nephi whose father was a Prophet who lived in Jerusalem abut 600 years before Christ came to the Earth. They were instructed by the Lord to flee from Jerusalem and Lehi and his family were led to the Americas by the Lord. He wrote the things he was instructed to by the Lord and also the blessings and miracles that he and his people received. As time moved on the record started by Lehi and that was passed to Nephi was passed from Prophet to Prophet until it came to be possessed by a Prophet named Mormon who compiled the teachings into one set of records and then gave them to his son Moroni. Moroni was the Last Prophet to write in the record that is now known as the Book of Mormon Show more Show less