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Hi I'm Andrew Lacanienta

I'm a 2nd generation Filipino in the United States, I love working with youth, I enjoy reggae music, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of 5 children. Our family has lived in Utah our entire lives, spending the last 15 years in Saratoga Springs next to the Utah Lake. My Dad is from the Philippines, and my Mom is of Dutch descent. We enjoy a large variety of Filipino and other cultural foods in our home. As children we spent a lot of time listening to and dancing to Michael Jackson! We also did a lot of camping and outdoor activities. I graduated from Lehi Highschool in 2007. I studied for 1 year at BYU - Hawaii, and am currently studying Recreation management youth leadership with an emphasis in youth and community developement at BYU - Provo. I served my mission in the Manila Philippines mission where I met my beautiful wife who was serving there as well. We were married in July of 2011, 6 months or so after returning home. We have a little baby girl on the way and we are excited and humbled to be able to have a wonderful baby girl in our lives. I really enjoy music, and spending time with my family. I also love missionaries! I currently teach Tagalog speaking missionaries at the Missionary Training Center, and no job has been more fulfilling, exciting, and fun! I also enjoy cooking, and watching movies. After I graduate I would like to be a director of my own camp for the development of youth and families

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up I was part of the LDS faith simply because my parents were. I went to church, said my prayers, and went to seminary. But my testimony in the Gospel was far from firm. I did the motions without knowing why. This lead to rough times through high-school and college and I began to make some bad decisions. Even though I thought I had plenty of temporal happiness, there was a very large void in my life. As the age of 19 rolled around, I made some changes in my life and went on a mission. I don't feel like I went because "I" really wanted to and had the desire, but I also wasn't going solely because my parents wanted me to, I guess it was just the plan. And I'll tell you what, it sure was part of the plan, because my mission was the biggest changing point/growing period of my entire life. I grew leaps and bounds on my mission. I came to know my Father in Heaven, and His Son Jesus Christ. Not only did I come to know them, but I learned to rely on them with all my heart. I gained a deep love for the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon. My favorite time reading it was highlighting in orange everywhere that had to do with Christ. Almost the entire book was orange! And it strengthened my testimony, bringing it to new heights. I finally understood that true happiness, the kind that never goes away, is found only through our own obedience like stated in Mosiah 2:41. Why am I a Mormon? Because I know that through the ordinances and authority held within this church that I can be with my family for time and all eternity. I know that through my daily scripture study, prayer, and church attendance that I can receive personal revelation from God himself, that will lead and guide me on a daily basis. I am excited to be a Mormon! I'm excited to share the gospel every single day so that I can try my best to do my part in bringing all my brothers and sisters into the light that I've been able to experience.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is something that I strive to do on a daily basis. I know that I often fall short, but through my Savior Jesus Christ I know I can always do better. Daily scripture study and prayer are a big part of living my faith. I have faith, and I know that as I pray and converse with my Father in Heaven, that He will teach me the things I need to be doing. Likewise with my reading in the scriptures, as I read with a question in mind, I am taught the answers to my questions. My day ALWAYS starts out better if I start in with prayer and scripture study. I also do my best to serve in the Temple atleast 1 time a week. I love to hometeach the Wall family in my ward. I do my best to visit with them and share a message once a month. I also have the wonderful opportunity to teach a group of about 15, 12-14 year old youth in sunday school. Sometimes they are a handful, but I love them so much, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to teach, and be taught by them each Sunday. I've also had the opportunity to teach big groups of youth during Sunday school and "standards night" - a time when we talk about our standards and what we belive in