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Hi I'm Andrew

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an admiring husband, constantly amazed father of five, book-reading addict, sometimes woodworker and automotive and home repairer, music listener, corporate procurement professional, who really enjoys getting to know other people and sharing my enthusiasm for a wide array of occupations and interests.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have found God's plan and gospel taught in the LDS church. I know God placed priesthood authority on earth in this church to bless the lives of all people. I am not a perfect person and I am pretty sure that the other members of the church are not perfect as well, but I do believe that most of them do strive to be. There is a quote that says something to the effect that if you reach for the stars, you may not reach them, but you will not end up with a handful of dirt. In choosing to be a member of the LDS church, I feel like we are all reaching for the stars and that in this case we will reach them, although it may just take a long time. There is something to be said for choosing a definitive direction for your life, charting a clear course, and then following it despite all obstacles in your path. The journey may be long and it may at times be difficult, but at least you have chosen your destination. It could be said that being a Mormon requires sacrifice, with not drinking alcohol, paying tithing, giving time in church service, and setting aside Sunday as the Sabbath, but I really don't find these things to be a sacrifice because I find that I get so much back in living the gospel. To those who may feel that entering the LDS church would require too big of a life change or require to much personal sacrifice, I must say that there is a divine principle that sacrifice brings forth blessings and when you give much in pursuit of a life of faith, so much more is spiritually given back to you in that life of faith. I find great happiness in my life as a Mormon and yearn to share that joy with others. If you want God's direction and insight more directly in your life, I invite you to go forward with faith and to act on the invitation of the gospel. I give you my witness that you will come to more fully know God, your father in heaven, and you will know of His love and blessings in your life.

How I live my faith

I immensely value the opportunity I have to actively participate in the LDS church. I love that I constantly get to rub shoulders with people who have differing life experiences, yet also share my desire to come unto Christ. My church community is like a second family to me, whom I draw upon for support during life's challenges and whom I find fulfillment in serving. At the center of my church participation is my own personal relationship with my father in heaven. I feel that I have been blessed with abundant faith and that it is part of my nature to believe in God and His plan for me. I know that faith does not come so easily to everyone and I don't want to make it seem like a simple thing. I am inherently inquisitive and analytical in my decision making processes and in the way I view much of the world, and so it should seem natural for me to approach matters of divinity as a skeptic, constantly challenging belief and chasing doubts. However, I just have always known that there is a God, that He loves me no matter what and that He has a plan specifically for me that I can choose to follow. I don't have to look very far to see the many ways that the hand of God has guided my life and the countless blessings that have been given to me when I least expected it. I know I am far from perfect, but I also know that God loves me in spite of my imperfections. I know I am happiest when I strive to know God's will and to live in accordance with His gospel. I feel that God has given me so much and it makes me yearn to share what I have found and to invite others to enjoy the fruits of the gospel.