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Hi I'm Andrew.

I've lived in Australia for 19 years. You ought to come over some time!

About Me

So far, my life revolves around school. I go to uni in Hawai'i, trying to finish up in time to catch up with all my mates from home in Australia. I'm studying Political science and hoping to squeeze in an economics minor somewhere in there. I spend my free time doing activities I'm passionate about, which are cooking, exercising, going to the beach, restaurant-hopping and spending time with mates. I'm working on becoming proficient in Thai, Korean, French and Italian cuisine. I've got a long way to go but it's still very engaging and stimulating! I'm a gym junkie; in between strength training and Crossfit right now. I also enjoy reading; my interest ranges from works by Charlotte Bronte to Elizabeth Gilbert to John Grisham and Sebastian Junger.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are converts; they joined the church in Korea during the 80s. However, a few years after moving to Australia, we weren't practicing for a good many years. I didn't even know of church until I was 7 years old. From that point on, I suppose we were like any other Mormon family: church on Sundays, participation and service at church, youth activities etc. However, all was not a simple. Life was still quite challenging for my family and for myself. I find that the great, big obstacles which we all-too vividly imagine are not the ones we ought to fear the most. The challenges of everyday life wear down on us and gradually pull us down. I have found great solace and strength in knowing that God will always be waiting to hear our prayers and point us in the right direction, to help us make the right choices. No matter how monotonous and routine our lives may become, whether deadlines direct all of our activities and whether we worry whether we are doing enough with our lives (or too much), He is there. I am so grateful for that knowledge and the repose I draw from that knowledge. God is a God of miracles, of healing and of love.

How I live my faith

Faith is highly personal and a relationship with God is quite intimate. As much as I love God and the church, I feel that whatever sign of devotion or ritual you perform must be done with the real intent, right purpose and genuine love. In that way, I try not to be condescending or live as if I were a paradigm to be followed but to live the way God would want me to live. This means trying to go to church because I want to, not because I am expected to or out of routine. Similar case with my scripture study, my prayers, whatever service in the community or to friends and family that I render. It is difficult at best but very rewarding. I've discovered that living a righteous life is not easy and was not meant to be. That way, we recognize our inability to do everything by our own hands and remember that He is a source of guidance and love. God has given me a lot of opportunity to learn and grow from personal experience, theory and from the experiences of others.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Andrew.
I can appreciate why those outside of the church ask this question. Temples are not a typical house of worship. While a regular chapel will open its doors to everyone, the temple is a place where practising Mormons who meet the worthiness standards will go to worship God in private. Faith is a private matter; it is often based on a highly intimate relationship with God. Just as we have close and intimate relationships with family members or spouses which we may not wish all the world to observe, the temple allows us a to be in a place where we can seek out God in private, according to the convictions and dictates of our hearts and souls. We often refer to temples as the the House of the Lord. I wouldn't let any just anybody into my home unless I knew them and their intent for wanting to come in. Show more Show less