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Hi I'm Andrew

I'm an organist, an astronomy/aeronautics enthusiast, a runner, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a musician, specifically a keyboardist. I have been playing piano since I was four years old. I also play the alto saxophone, the bass clarinet, the mandolin, and, my favorite, the organ. I also do plenty of singing as well joining choirs in high school, college, and church. In college I am studying music and hope to obtain a degree in organ performance! I participated in a marathon team in high school and I was able to run the Los Angeles Marathon (which is 26.2 miles) 4 years in a row. It's hard stuff but totally worth it! Also in high school I joined Air Force ROTC. I joined because of my fascination of aircraft and not necessarily my interest in the military, but I am so glad I was able to have that small bit of military experience. I recently returned home from serving a two year mission in Pennsylvania, and I am continuing to build my spiritual strength by adhering to the great lessons and standards I learned on my mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in this faith, but like everyone else, I had to figure out for myself if the church I was in really was true. Growing up, I took my parents word that this was the true gospel, but I soon realized that is not enough. I am not going to have my parents around all the time and it was up to me to decide my own testimony. I have prayed, as millions of others had, to our Father in Heaven to know if this church is truly His church and if the Book of Mormon, which I have been reading since I was small, was really a book like the Bible, and if Joseph Smith was a prophet just like Moses, Abraham, or Noah. My prayer was answered with a song that rang through my head and throughout my entire soul. The song sang over and over, "I know that my redeemer lives!" As beautiful as this was, I was also being told that I knew these things in which I was taught was all true. I am so amazed and thankful for such a powerful answer, especially for a musician such as myself. I can now say for myself that the Book of Mormon is indeed a true book full of the words of our savior, Jesus Christ. I know He called Joseph Smith as a prophet in the 1800's and has called Thomas S. Monson as a prophet today. These things are true and all may be able to learn for themselves through the ultimate source of all truth, our God!

How I live my faith

As of now, I am serving my mission within the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Mission to teach all that I can find all that this faith has to offer. I know this gospel can help everyone come closer to Jesus Christ and I am excited to teach these glorious things to them and also see these people turn their lives away from a life of dread and sin to a life of God and eternal happiness. This mission has been the busiest time in my life, but I am constantly looking for more ways to work more effectively as there is much more people out there who are looking for God in there lives. When it comes to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, nothing can be of more importance to me.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Andrew
We do believe that Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God, and nothing less than such. Under the direction from God, He created the world we live in today. We believe He performed many miraculous miracles during His earthly ministry. He performed the Atonement by bleeding through every pore within the Garden of Gethsemane and died for us upon the cross, so that He could understand my life entirely and be the perfect judge for us all, and, of course, allow us to repent of our sins and short comings. 3 days after His death, He rose from the tomb as a resurrected, glorious, perfected being. Because of the works of Jesus Christ, I too can be resurrected and also be able to repent of my sins so that I can live with Him and our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Andrew
We believe that the Book of Mormon is holy scripture that is comparable to the Bible and a record of the ancients who lived in the New World. The records were written upon plates that Joseph Smith, through the power of God, translated so we could read these scriptures. The Bible contains prophesies of the Christ who should come, the ministry of Jesus Christ Himself, and the works of His apostles after His ascension into heaven. Whereas the Bible is God's dealings with the people in the Old World, the Book of Mormon is God's dealings with the people in the New World. The Book of Mormon contains scripture from prophets whose ancestors escaped Jerusalem around 600 BC before the city was ravaged by the Babylonians and sailed to the New World and build a new civilization. Each of these ancient prophets described unto their people that the Messiah will come and what He will do in His lifetime to save all of mankind. After Jesus' ascension into heaven, He appeared to these people Himself to teach them that the Law of Moses had been fulfilled through him and also set up His church in that land. The Book of Mormon in no way replaces the Bible. All the Book of Mormon is is another testament of the divinity of Jesus Christ, and that He is our savior and through him we can receive the Kingdom of Heaven. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Andrew
The Book of Mormon was written by a number of different people. The book is about God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants on the American continent whose prophets left records of their prophesies and the blessings God gave them at that time for future generations. Almost 1000 years since the civilization was first established (around 400 AD), a man named Mormon was instructed by God to take the many records that were written and to compile and abridge them upon metal plates to create most what we know as the Book of Mormon. His son, Moroni, finished the record Mormon made and buried the plates so that, many centuries later, Joseph Smith may find them and, by the power of God, translate the record into the English version of the Book of Mormon we have today. We can find out if the Book of Mormon is true by reading what Moroni wrote near the end of the Book of Mormon (Moroni 10:3-5). There we read that we can pray unto our Father in Heaven for the absolute truth about the book, and that through the Holy Ghost, we can have our questions answered. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Andrew
There is absolutely nobody in this church who forces its members to serve on a mission. Our members voluntarily serve their missions. Those who serve know the truth and the blessings this gospel gives, and they know all people upon the earth can and will benefit from their message, so missionaries give up their time, home, families, and all other personal matters to serve Jesus Christ and spread the fullness of the gospel. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Andrew
We in no wise worship Joseph Smith. We only look up to him as a prophet of God much like we also look up to Moses, Noah, or Isaiah. These men were not worshiped, but taught the people on earth to worship God and his Son, Jesus. Joseph Smith, in this time, teaches us to do the same thing. The purpose of his teachings was to help all of man kind become closer to our Savior. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Andrew
Of course not. We believe that every single man, woman, and child walking upon this earth today is a literal son or daughter of God. Thus we believe that we are indeed brothers and sisters working and we should be working together on the planet to ease our burdens and help each other out during times of trial. If there is someone who is need of help, a Mormon will always lend a helping hand! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Andrew
Death is necessary for all who live on this earth, but death is not the end. It's simply like stepping from one room to another. Our physical bodies may die, but our spirits enter into what we call the spirit world, where we can be with our loved ones who passed away and learn and progress even further. It is a time of probation until, one day, our spirits and our bodies will reunite and be resurrected, even as Jesus Christ did nearly 2000 years ago. Show more Show less

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

Andrew
The works that happens inside a Mormon temple is very sacred to us. There, we perform ordinances such as sealing families together forever or being baptized on behalf of the dead. We also learn eternal truths that help us become ever closer to our God and his Son. These works are marvelous beyond comprehension filled with beauty and symbolism. It is true that one must be baptized and also worthy to enter the temple, but we invite all people to come visit the temple grounds, or even an open house where the temple is open to the public before the building is dedicated to the Lord. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Andrew
Jesus did establish 12 apostles during His own ministry on earth, but His death and ascension did not mark the end of the apostles. After His ascension, the 11 apostles chose Matthias to replace Judas Iscariot. Later, Paul was chosen to be an apostle, and he has stated that His church is built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Andrew
Baptism is essential for the salvation of everyone who has lived upon the earth. That means it is mandatory for both the CEO of an American company to the Bush Man in Africa. We know that there are millions upon millions of people who has already lived and died on this earth without even knowing about the name of Jesus Christ, let alone an opportunity for baptism. But, God has shown in his infinite mercy a way for those who has not been baptized. Church members today do family history work so that they can offer the same blessings they have received to their deceased ancestor. In the next life, those who have passed on have the ability to accept or decline the baptisms that were done on their behalf. Show more Show less

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

Andrew
In Old Testament times, the prophet Amos foretold of a time where people would search for the word of God and not find it (Amos ch. 8). In Paul's epistle to the Thessalonians, (2 Thessalonians ch. 2) he tells them that there must be a falling away, or apostasy, be the 2nd coming of Christ. Even though the early Christian church did thrive, eventually widespread persecution led to doubt and falling away for many of the saints and also the death of the apostles and many other believers. The priesthood authority that was carried by the apostles was taken away from the earth and the period of apostasy, that was foretold by Amos and Paul, began and much of the original teachings of the early church was lost due to persecution and the desires of men. A restoration was needed not only to bring back those lost teachings, but also to restore the priesthood which was given by Jesus Christ to His apostles. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Andrew
We believe that since the beginning of time, God has given His prophets Priesthood Authority that allowed them to spread His gospel to all the people and perform necessary saving ordinances for them. Jesus gave His authority to the 12 apostles during His time on earth so that they can call people to repentance and be baptized. After those apostles were killed off from persecution, gradually, that authority they had disappeared from the earth. We believe that in 1829, Joseph Smith received the Priesthood from Peter, James and John, those same disciples of Christ, as Heavenly Messengers. This Joseph the proper authority to restore the church that Jesus Christ set upon the earth long ago along with the ordinances needed to be saved. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Andrew
All things that exist, whether they be star systems light years away from us, or the very atomic structure that make each molecule in which all things are based upon, testify that there is indeed a creator, and He is our God. How likely is it that such a universe came to be by merely chance? As a person who loves to study astronomy, I have received explanations that denote that there is really no God. But I have the firm faith that God is the grand designer of the universe. The planets and the stars have been synchronized perfectly that we may be able to exist here on this earth. God watches over us today and the human race continues onward, because of all the vast and mighty creations and forces He has made, we are still His most valuable creation! Show more Show less

What is faith?

Andrew
Faith is a hope for things which are true, but cannot see or know for a surety that it really is true. I can tell you that I have not seen God myself and thus cannot say that I know that He exists since I saw Him with my own eyes. No, Faith is something that is built over time. We, as church members, whether we are young or old, are taught to just give Faith in God a chance. We are promised that if we do, and we sincerely pray to know about God, that our Faith in Him will increase. When that happens, we want to build our Faith even further as we recognize the blessings of God in our lives. We then even share our Faith with others knowing it will be as much of a blessing in their lives as it is in our lives. Faith drives everything this church stands for today, and will continue until the second coming of Christ, where at that point, we will have a pure knowledge of His existence! Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Andrew
The most simple answer is that he was a prophet of God. Yes, a prophet like Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, Elijah, you name it. All of these men were called as prophets in olden times to direct the Lord's work. It was no different for Joseph Smith. He was called to restore the church Christ had established so long ago, and to then spread the news to others the glad message that we still share today! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Andrew
A lot of folks think that Mormons don't even believe in grace and that we get into heaven by works alone. That is simply false. Nobody can get into heaven by their works alone because "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Without our Savior, Jesus Christ, all would be lost, but he has provided a way for us to be saved. This salvation is given to those who not only believe in Jesus, but to those who also live His teachings and follow His commandments. His grace is for those who did everything in their power to live a Godly life even though mistakes were made. As members of His church, we work on ourselves, our own behavior, our own deeds, and repent daily of the sins we have made so that we may be cleansed by the grace of Christ's atonement. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Andrew
A church building is used for your every Sunday worship meetings. It is where anyone can attend to pray, study scriptures, and become closer to God. Temples are special in the sense that they are literally the "House of the Lord." Like the ancient Israelites, we use the temple today to perform the sacred ordinances needed for exhaultation, such as sealing a husband and wife for all eternity. The temple is a highly sacred place and only worthy church members may enter the building. But we encourage absolutely everyone, Mormon or Non-Mormon, to do what is necessary to become worthy to enter the temple and partake of the magnifecent beauty that rests inside its walls! Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Andrew
Well, why wouldn't there be? The Lord has been merciful to His children here on the earth and has provided prophets from the very beginning. All throughout the Old Testament, numerous prophets were called to instruct those in Israel what the Lord has commanded them to do. After Christ's personal ministry in the New Testament, He called 12 apostles to carry on the work after His ascension. God still loves us today as much as he loved His children in ancient times, so He indeed has called a Prophet and 12 apostles to instruct the world how to live righteously in a world with so much chaos and confusion. Show more Show less