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Hi I'm Alexander (Andy)

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently serving a mission as a senior couple in the Armenian Georgia Mission. The area is between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. I was also a senior missionary in Russia I am the youngest of three children born during WWII. My father was in the army and served in Europe for several years after WWII. We actually lived in France and then in Germany. My father later left the army and became an optical engineer in California. I lived in California for over 10 years. I graduate from high school there and went to San Antonio Jr. College for 2 years. In 1966 I was drafted into the army and ended up serving 1 year in Viet Nam. It was there I caught amoebic dysentery and lost nearly 80 pounds. During this period I was introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Saints and became a member and later served a mission in Taiwan speaking Chinese mandarin. I finally graduated with a degree from Brigham Young University in education and became a special education teacher. I am currently married and my wife and I have 8 children. I also spent time serving our country in the US Army Reserves; first as an enlisted soldier and then as warrant officer. I served for over 20 years and then retired. 3 years later I retired from the teaching so I could take care of my 86 year old mother who was living at home with us. My mother died after 2 years and I wanted to spend some time doing church service which I am grateful I have the health and means to do even today.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a youth I went to the Episcopalian Church for many years. I joined the Boy Scouts of America through the church and took with me the values of the scout law and oath. They guided my life for many years afterwards. I found no real joy in formal church association although I went to church occasionally. I finished high school and went Mount San Antonio Jr. College. I loved going to school and sampling the various subjects offered. That ended in 1966 when I was drafted into the army. I was send to Viet Nam. I had several conflicts with moral values and I would not compromise the values I felt were true. At the end of my tour I caught amoebic dysentery and viral spinal meningitis. During this period I had a great desire to know if God really existed. From this experience I came to know that God and Christ truly lived and the peace I felt passed all understanding. In 1970 I was introduced to the church by a friend in college. At first I was reluctant to meet with the missionaries so he gave me a Book o Mormon to read. When I finally started reading it, I could not put it down and read the entire book. After finishing it, the Holy Ghost whispered to my soul as before that it was true. I did not understand everything, but I had gained a clearer view of Christ’s teachings. I wanted to know everything, but after much thought and prayer I joined the church with a promise from the Holy Ghost that as I lived the commandments, teachings, and serviced all my questions would be answers. I now know that Jesus is the Christ and the Book of Mormon is true. I know that the Father and the Son, Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith and restored his authority to establish His church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Joseph Smith is a prophet and passed on the authority to preach and teach the correct principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Today President Thomas S. Monson holds that same authority and is the Lord's prophet at the present time.

How I live my faith

It is important in my life to take time every day to study in the scriptures. Scripture study helps me to gain additional understanding of God’s principles better. Also communication through vocal and silent prayer is an important. I find great comfort in know that my prayers are heard and answered according to what is best for me. Before being married I served 2 years as a missionary in Taiwan. I have had is to raise a family of eight children. The church helps me be a better father and husband and become more Christ. I use (we) often to signify my family. We have an opportunity to serve each others in the church. We have helped many who are moving. We were involved in the scouting program as our 6 boys grew up. I was a cub master for 6 years and helped to plan and lead pack meetings. We helped with re-chartering our pack and do service projects for the community through scouting. As my family grew older I served in various positions in the Boy Scout troop. I was the assistant and then scoutmaster for 6 years. Our troop helped over 20 boys become eagle scouts. Six came from our own family. I served our country in the US Army Reserves in the area of personnel and received a 20 year retirement letter. As a school teacher I was involved both as a professional and a parent. We helped plan and chaperon many school events at all levels as a teacher and parents. About 6 years ago we had a strong desire to devote more time to the church so I retired and we spent time doing church related service. We continued doing family history and genealogy, but spent more time doing work involving the family history center and the temple. We headed a group established to help people overcome addictions through a Christ based program and worked with that program for 2 years and also work one day a week in a store that provided church produced materials to members at nearly cost. Now we are experiencing the joy of serving as a senior couple for the church in Russia.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Alexander (Andy)
A testimony is where the Holy Ghost witness to a person that the principle or action is correct. The testimony will always let the person know that Heavenly Father lives and loves us. It also tells us that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He lives. It bears witness of the great sacrifice the Savior made for us called the atonement. A testimony includes a witness that it is necessary to make certain covenants with God to return to his presence not just believe in Him. Finally and most important for any person is the spiritual knowledge that God appeared to a boy, Joseph Smith, and overtime gave him the power and authority to speak for Him. God called Joseph Smith to be a Prophet and help him organize His true church again on the earth. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints is actual the only church that holds Jesus Christ approves. Today many years after the death of Joseph Smith there is one who holds the same authority as Joseph Smith and his Name is President Thomas S. Monson. He is the Lord's living prophet today. Show more Show less