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Hi I'm Andy Spendlove

I'm an aspiring teacher & artist, an Adventure Time fanatic, a missionary, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm from San Antonio, Texas. I'm the middle child in a family of 7 (plus 2 sisters-in-law!) that I love with all my heart. I'm currently serving a full-time, 2-year mission for my Heavenly Father in Fresno, California. I love music! From banging on the piano and drums, to writing and playing songs with friends, to discovering music of all types and genres and eras, music is my thing! I'm no Beethoven or Bob Dylan, but I do have crazy dreams that won't go away of changing the world with music. I also have a deep love for kids and childhood. I was blessed with great parents and teachers who made my childhood awesome, and I guess I just want to be able to do the same for kids today! I've wanted to be a 5th grade teacher ever since I left elementary school, and before my mission I studied Elementary Education at BYU. PS I love Adventure Time.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because life is hard. It's complex, and confusing, and at times enriching and breath-taking and beautiful, but it's hard. When the rubber hits the road, nothing brings me happiness and stability and clarity like the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Knowing God's plan for my life is awesome. Even more awesome is this Church and its leaders teach me HOW God can help me be happy RIGHT NOW! Not just when I'm dead! And I testify it works. I've got mental disorders of some kind; I've been diagnosed before with depression and OCD, and those seem to come and go as they please. Some days I feel energized and in love with the world! Everything's a colorful adventure that makes sense! Other days I feel I can hardly tell up from down. I get very concerned with perfection and feel I'm making mistakes that will ruin my relationships or mission or life. The amazing thing is that through it all, no matter how my mood or mind oscillates, Heavenly Father is there, loving me, coaching me, and teaching me how to rely on Jesus Christ to find that happiness again.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving people, trying to treat them like the Savior would, and seeking to learn and grow daily to be like Him. And serving a full-time mission is giving me the opportunity to do those things like never before! It gives me the chance to really take upon myself the things the Savior taught, like to leave my nets behind and feed His sheep, and to love my neighbor like myself. I'm learning firsthand how "he that findeth his life shall lose it; and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it" (Matthew 10:39). As I spend each day in the service of God, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and seeking to strengthen people's faith and lifting with love the down-trodden and despairing, I'm finding myself the happiest I've ever been. My days are full of miracles and joy. As I follow His Son, God makes more of my life than I could ever make of it myself.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Andy Spendlove
The Atonement of Jesus Christ was the sacrifice that He made for us out of His pure love. He suffered for our sins and died for us, thereby overcoming "spiritual death," or separation from God, which occurs whenever we sin. As we accept the Atonement in our lives, through the Gospel of Jesus Christ (which is faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end), we will find freedom from spiritual death, grow closer to God, feel relief from the burdens of our sins, and feel of His peace and love in our daily lives. What an awesome gift! There is a second part to the Atonement, as well, which is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, through which the bands of death and hell were broken forever. This means that ALL of mankind, regardless of whether we have done good or ill, will one day be reunited with their bodies, never to taste of disease, pain, or death again. This is why we have cause to sing, "Oh sweet the joy this sentence gives: I know that my Redeemer lives!" Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Andy Spendlove
The current Mormon Prophet is Thomas S. Monson, and it is my testimony that he is God's living prophet on the earth today. I know that he speaks the word of God, and that he will always lead us to Jesus Christ and a more dedicated discipleship of Him. We do not worship our prophet, nor any other prophet, including Joseph Smith. These men, like all the prophets in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, are called to point to Him, to help us know how we, in our day, with our specific trials and temptations and challenges, can navigate a safe course to eternal life with him. (Mosiah 3:13 in the Book of Mormon is an AWESOME scripture about this!) Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Andy Spendlove
Great question! In the church, we believe that baptism is an essential ordinance (or, sacred, formal act) that EVERY person needs in order to be redeemed and be washed clean of their mistakes and sins. Of course, not everyone on earth has had the opportunity to hear about Jesus Christ and His Gospel, let alone accept it and be baptized. For this reason, we in the church perform proxy baptisms for the dead, which means that we, the living, are baptized by someone holding the priesthood authority of God for and in behalf of a deceased relative. Deceased persons who are baptized are not forced into becoming members of our church. Rather, they are given the opportunity to accept or reject that baptism by priesthood authority, and enjoy freedom from sin and regret. To me, the doctrine of baptisms for the dead is consistent with my knowledge of and love for a supremely loving, ever-merciful, and all-knowing God. It makes sense to me that He would want all of His children to have the opportunity to be cleansed from sin, not just a select few who had the opportunity to accept Christ in this life. Baptisms for the dead makes this possible. Show more Show less