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Hi I'm Andy

I was born and raised in California but now live in Utah. I love to laugh, and I love life. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

My name is Andy. I will soon be married to my sweetheart Candice, but right now I am just a college student, studying Political Science. I love learning about other cultures, and meeting people from other countries. Reading is a passion of mine, as is history and politics. I am actively engaged in the political process, and am involved in political campaigns, and clubs on both the local and national level. I am also a big sports fan. Baseball is my passion, but I love all sports. I am pretty much a normal college student who has an above normal love of history and politics.

Why I am a Mormon

My story is an interesting one. never thought I would be a Mormon. I used to mock members of the church for their beliefs. I moved to Utah in 2009 to attend college. As I settled into my life in Utah, I thought I was pretty happy. That is when the missionaries came. I decided to hear them out because I was curious to know why people acted the way they did around me. As these two young men, no older than me began to teach me about God's church, and how it was established, I felt something that I had never felt before. I felt a peace wash over me, a peace that could not be artificially fabricated by chemicals, or sounds, or anything else that the world uses to create fake temporary happiness. I liked what I was hearing, what they taught made sense, and it rang true, but more than that, I liked what I was feeling. didn't want the missionaries to know what I was feeling though. I had to figure this out on my own, or so I thought. I met with the missionaries for four months, and honestly, I forgot the feelings I had felt from that first lesson. I didn't read the Book of Mormon and pray about the things that they had taught like they had invited me to do, and I didn't go to church with them, even though they invited me every week. I simply thought that I was happy, and I didn't really need anything else in my life. Then one day, some events happened in my life that made me decide to see if what the missionaries had been teaching me was true or not. I asked God to let me know if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was true, and if it was, should I be baptized in it. I then opened the Book of Mormon to one of the chapters that the missionaries had assigned to me. As I read, I felt a complete peace wash over me. I knew the church was true. I was baptized two weeks later. I am a Mormon, because I have felt the Holy Ghost testify to me that this church is true. I have felt that confirming witness many times since that day, and I am happier than ever before.

How I live my faith

I served a two year mission for the church in Washington DC, which was an amazing experience. I loved teaching people about the gospel and seeing the changes in their lives as they lived the principles of the gospel. I am currently in a young single adult ward, which is a congregation for young men and women ages 18-30. We have activities that build our faith and help us apply gospel principles in everyday life. I also attend what is called Institute, which is a free religion class, where I learn about the scriptures, and get to interact with people who share similar beliefs. I start every day with prayer and scripture study, before I head off to classes. I notice a difference in the days that I don't get to have scripture study. There is a peace that comes into my life as I do the things that God has commanded us to do that makes me want to continue to do them even when it seems difficult.

Are Mormons Christians?

Andy
We are Christians. We follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, indeed, everything that we do as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is centered around Jesus Christ and His Atonement. Often times people say that we are not Christians, but this is simply not true. We believe that He is our Lord, Savior, our Redeemer, and that through Him and His atoning sacrifice, all mankind may be saved. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Andy
The Holy Ghost can bless your life in a variety of ways. The Holy Ghost is a comforter, and can bring peace in times of trial. The Holy Ghost can guide us to truth and in our day to day experiences. The Holy Ghost purifies us, and brings out our good qualities, making them better. It teaches us of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father, and brings thoughts and ideas to our remembrance. There are so many different ways that the Holy Ghost can bless our lives, it is amazing. The best part is, the Holy Ghost is a manifestation of God's love for us, His children. He wants us all to return to live with Him, and the Holy Ghost is our guide back to our heavenly home. Show more Show less