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Hi I'm Andy

I'm a father, husband, and teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently a PhD student studying literature and environment, working to become a professor. As part of my training, I teach writing to first-year college students. My professional interests intersect with my personal beliefs: I believe that the earth is God's sacred creation and deserves respect and stewardship. I believe that learning through reading and writing can give us greater respect for our Heavenly Father's plan and increased charity for His children.

Why I am a Mormon

I have seen my faith grow in incremental ways over the course of my entire life. I'm a Mormon because I have seen the fruits of the gospel--happiness, hope in the face of adversity, a strong family, and a healthy body and mind. I believe that I am a child of God and that He loves me. I believe in Jesus Christ as my savior; He gave up his life so that I might live in peace and joy. God loves us enough to guide us through revelation and prophecy. I know that He has restored his truth to the earth again.

How I live my faith

I try to be a good person and to remember Christ's example of being kind and loving. I try not to judge. Right now I work with local missionaries to help teach other people about the church. I also read my scriptures and pray, including praying with my wife and daughter. As a family, we try to help other people as much as we can--not just our own family. Doing so brings us joy.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

To some people, it might seem bold for the LDS church to have such an active missionary program. Having served as a missionary myself, I feel strongly that the true spirit of missionary work is love and service, not coercion or force. In other words, no one should feel forced to listen to the missionaries. Missionaries ask individuals and families they teach to think and pray about what they teach and to find out for themselves if the message presented is true. Missionaries are teachers and helpers and good examples of Christ's servants. Show more Show less