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Hi I'm Andy

I live in California. I'm a high school student and devoted musician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm your average High School Freshman, just now getting a feel for the real world. Life's gotten a little more complicated lately, but, in good measure; I learn more about it every day. Music is my life and soul. I've been playing piano since I was 5, and picked up my first pair of drumsticks about 4 years ago. Since then, I've joined a few bands with my guitar-playing older brother, participated in Drumline at my High School, and accompany singers at my church on frequent occasion. I'll play almost any genre, and my favorite song changes on an almost daily basis. Ask me anytime; a song is always playing in my head. Away from music, I'm an avid video-gamer (probably a little too much for my own good) and dedicated student. School and grades are very important, and I try my hardest to do the very best I can in school. I also love to hang out with friends and family whenever I can - my fondest memories are those which I've spent with the ones who I love most.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Like all young LDS kids, I happily attended church on Sundays, sang the songs, listened to the lessons, and did everything else associated with the church. However, I relied on my parent's choice of faith to guide me in doing this. Then, just about a year ago, (probably in step with the "growing up" phase of my life) I decided that it was my turn to get a definitive answer as to whether the Church was true or not. I read the Book of Mormon cover to cover my 8th grade year of school, paying special attention to what I felt while I read, and how I felt when I acted in accordance with the Book's teachings. The feeling was a good one. However, I still didn't feel the 'absolute surety' described by my parents and church leaders, that the Church was God's true church. To decide for myself, I followed the promise at the end of the Book of Mormon - that is, if I prayed to God and asked if this church was true, He would give me an answer. I didn't see an angel, I had no overwhelming feeling of joy, but I did have a feeling of peace. Ever since that night, I have felt the same feeling of peace and love when I act upon the principles in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. In this way, my "testimony" of the church was not built from one, single magnificent event, but from the feeling I get when I do what is right. I know now for myself that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is God's Church upon the earth today. I know that Jesus Christ IS our Savior and Redeemer, and that God lives and loves all of us. I know that His words are in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and that, if we keep His commandments, we can live with Him at the last days.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith through my actions. My favorite scriptural passage is The Sermon on the Mount, and I feel that even though it was taught two millennia ago. every word is still applicable today. I try to be kind and loving to others, both in my thoughts and actions. I take opportunities to serve others through the Church as well as the Boy Scouts of America. Though Christ-like service, I feel very close to Him and all around me. I attend Church meetings on Sunday, and a church class before school on most schooldays. Both help me learn more about the Gospel of Christ and his plan for me. Not only does the Church help me learn about the teachings of God and Christ, but provides a great anchor for my social life. Many of my friends were made in the Church. I play piano for our community's church choir, so in this way the church helps me to magnify my talents and use them to move others. Also, fun activities with other youth my age, such as dances, provide healthy and appropriate activities for me to attend. I love the Church!