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Hi I'm Andrew Nelson

I'm a Nerd, and I love being a Nerd! I'm a Mormon, and love being a Mormon!

About Me

I am a self-acclaimed Nerd. Being called a nerd is a compliment to me! I love everything Nintendo makes, and StarCraft, and MineCraft. I'm also in love with Star Trek, Star Wars, and Stargate! Anime and Manga? I love that too! Despite my Nerdiness, I also love to go snowskiing, snowmobiling, and jetskiing. I restore antique cars as well; my current project is a 1974 Opel Manta - Rallye. I've lived in Utah my whole life; I love Utah's snow, and Lake Powell. I've also grown up in the Church; and intend to remain in it. I am now serving a two year mission, leaving behind my videogames, my Anime & Manga, my beloved half-finished Opel Manta, and my Family for two years, so that others can have the chance to be with their families for Eternity.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a member, but the reason I have not fallen away, and am now serving a Mission in the St. Louis Missouri mission, is because I have received a witness through the Holy Ghost that this church is indeed the true church. I believe in Christ, and the Bible as well as the Book of Mormon. I did as Moroni asks at the end of the Book of Mormon, and asked God if the Church, and the Scriptures are true.

How I live my faith

At the moment, I am serving a full time Mission, in the St. Louis Missouri Mission. I am doing this, because I want others to have the chance to come closer to Christ, and because I know this is the true Church; and you can too!

What is the Book of Mormon?

Andrew Nelson
The Book of Mormon is another book of scripture very similar to the Bible. It's full name is: "The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ". Just like the Bible, this book testifies of Christ, and teaches his doctrine. In fact, the Book of Mormon and the Bible go hand in hand together to teach about Christ and his Doctrine - They each compliment and expand/expound on what the other teaches. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Andrew Nelson
We are commanded by God in the Ten Commandments to not worship any being other than him - so no, we do not worship Joseph Smith. We certainly do have a lot of respect toward him though; just like how we respect and reverence Moses, or Abraham, or any of the other great Prophets told of in the Bible as instruments in the hands of God. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Andrew Nelson
"Mormons" or "Mormonism" is merely a nickname given to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by nonmembers during the early history of the Church due to our belief in the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. In conversation with nonmembers, we will often still refer to ourselves by that name, since it is the name by which we are most widely known. By ourselves though, we normally refer to ourselves as "Latter-day Saints", or in abbreviation: "LDS". While this is in reference to the official name of our Church, it is also referencing the fact that the members of Christ's church in ancient times were called "Saints" (see Acts 9:32, Ephesians 2:19, Philippians 1:1) and thus, we logically should refer to ourselves as "Saints" of the "Latter-days". Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Andrew Nelson
We wouldn't be Christians if we didn't help our fellow human beings! Much of our tithing money and fast-offerings go towards humanitarian aid all around the world. We also do service in many ways to help others. Missionaries in our church also do a lot of service-in fact, they spend their entire two years as a missionary serving others! Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Andrew Nelson
To answer this question, I shall quote from both the Bible, and the Book of Mormon. "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed." -- James 1:5-6 (Bible) "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." -- Moroni 10:4-5 (Book of Mormon) Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Andrew Nelson
The Book of Mormon, like the Holy Bible, is a testament and a witness that Jesus is the Christ. Like the Bible, it is a compilation of the writings of many holy Prophets of God. In about 600 BC, a prophet in Jerusalem was commanded to leave and sojourn in the wilderness; and was eventually led to the Americas. His posterity multiplied, and spread out upon the land, becoming a great civilization. The Book of Mormon contains the writings of the Prophets whom, like in the Old World, God continued to call upon. One of the last of the prophets called among these people, named Mormon, collected all of the writings of past prophets and compiled them into a single book-similar to how the Bible is a compilation of the writings of many past prophets. Since Mormon is the one who did the compiling, the book is named after him. Joseph Smith did not write the Book of Mormon, he is merely the instrument through which God translated it into English. Show more Show less

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

Andrew Nelson
Throughout the Old Testament, we see a pattern of God calling a Prophet on the earth, so then the people are happy for a while, become prosperous, then become prideful and reject the teachings of the Prophets, and reject the Prophets themselves - often killing said prophet. Then, the people end up in a miserable situation, and are humbled and both ready and willing to receive the teachings of a Prophet again; and so God calls a new Prophet who restores the Gospel in it's fullness... and then the cycle begins again. This cycle continued up to the Mortal Ministry of Jesus Christ. Christ set up his Church, exactly the way he wants it, and taught his doctrine anew. He called 12 apostles, and gave them power and authority to aid him in teaching the members of the church scattered throughout the land, and "keep them in line" so to speak. Incredibly, people even rejected Christ himself, and crucified him. The Apostles did their best to keep the Church together, and prevent the distortion and perversion of true doctrine, but people even rejected them. Much of the New Testament is of Paul writing epistles in an attempt to keep the truth intact. After the Apostles were gone, there was no one left with the proper Priesthood authority, and so the Church fell into apostasy, twisting and rejecting many of the truths in the Gospel, and changing many ordinances such as Baptism. A new Prophet was needed to restore the Gospel again, and Joseph Smith is that Prophet. Show more Show less