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Hi I'm Andrew Shumway

I was born on an Idaho dairy farm. My wife and I have six beautiful children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have six beautiful children. My wife has an immune deficiency and gets sick a lot, but that hasn't prevented us from having fun.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as an active member of the LDS church, but I don't think I was really "converted" until after I was married. In fact, there were a few years after leaving my parents house where I didn't really have much to do with church. After marriage, my wife and were struggling in our relationship, and after some mixed success with counselors, we decided we needed to turn to God. We immediately felt an increase of peace in our lives. We knew it was something that we both wanted to continue, both for our sakes and for our children. We have continued to steadily increase our commitment to God, and as a result have felt a steady increase of peace of happiness. Even when we faced trouble and uncertainty, when found that we involved God, we still were able to feel peace and hope. I can't really compare my experience in the LDS church to any other church because I have only been a member of this church. But I do know that the more active I am in His church (the more earnestly I try to live by the commandments and teachings of Jesus), the closer I feel to both my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. There is a lot required of members of His church, but that has always been the case. True disciples of Christ are rarely assigned a life of ease and comfort!

How I live my faith

I currently teach a Sunday School class. Some of my favorite callings have been teaching the youth. Recently, my wife and I had an opportunity to teach a class of 5-year-old's together. Their energy and optimism were contagious! We attend church regularly on Sunday and our children frequently participate in church activities throughout the week.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Andrew Shumway
Mormons are not required to serve missions, but it is encouraged. I did not serve a mission, but that's a choice that I wish I could have a "do-over" on. :-) It's a wonderful opportunity to study the scriptures and grow closer to God. As a missionary, your days are structured around learning and sharing the gospel. My brothers who have served missions left in their youth, but came back as men, grounded in life, and with a spiritual connection to their Maker. As I continue to grow closer to God, the peace and joy I've felt are feelings that I naturally want to share with others. My wife and I are planning to serve a mission together when we are older. My parents are currently serving a two-year mission in South Africa. We read their weekly emails (mostly stories of their service and humanitarian work) each week as a family. Show more Show less