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Hi I'm Andrew

I'm a family man, I live in the beautiful northwest, I'm an optometrist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the northwest and went to school in Utah and Ohio and have moved back to the northwest to practice optometry in the evergreen misty mountains, peninsulas and islands of western Washington. I have a beautiful wife and two young boys. I love to travel and have been to 48 of the 50 states. I love visiting the national parks and going hiking and exploring with my family. I love playing and watching sports. My wife and I love theater, board games, visiting family, road trips, playing with our kids and watching them grow.

Why I am a Mormon

My dad comes from a long line of Mormons that dates back to the origins of the modern church in the early 1800's. My ancestors were around when Mormon pioneers built the first Mormon temple in Kirtland Ohio and as they crossed the plains and settled in Utah. This is a tradition that I am very proud of and it courses through my veins. Its an unbroken chain of faith through generations that I hope to keep and pass on to my boys. My mom, on the other hand, was a convert to the church as a young woman in Scotland who heard the call of the lord at a young age. Her faith sustained her as she raised me and struggled with cancer much of my youth. She passed away shortly before I left on my mission. It was my faith in Jesus Christ that sustained me through the trial of losing my mom and the trials of life. I learned the gospel from both of my parents who had different routes to the faith. Growing up I had my own experiences and feelings that I can't deny that have led me to believe in a higher power. Through these experiences and prayer I have come to feel strongly about my faith. It makes sense to me in my mind and I feel it in my heart. My life has been greatly blessed when I have devoted myself to my faith and my family. I really believe that no amount of success can compensate for failure in the home and my faith has helped teach me how to be a better husband and father. My faith has provided me with some of my most cherished relationships and memories with friends and family. The Mormon Church has provided me with the most amazing extended family that wherever we have gone we have found support, friends, and opportunities for rewarding service. I love being able to know where to turn for peace. I have never stopped learning and and I find my faith challenging and worthwhile.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church every Sunday with my family. We say prayers before we eat meals as a family and we pray before we go to bed at night. We have family nights where we will reenact the most violent of bible stories and teach our sons from the scriptures. My wife is often involved with our church's choir and she often plays the organ or piano for services or other events. Shes involved currently with teaching the youth and in the past we've been involved with teaching Sunday school lessons, watching kids in the nursery and other activities. Because of our faith we don't drink or smoke and we try to live an active healthy optimistic lifestyle. When I was 19 I served a two year mission in Toronto Canada where I had a life changing experience teaching about Jesus Christ and serving people in the great white north.