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Hi I'm Drew

I once wrote an essay for college that began, "I am not a Mormon." I have since changed. Now I know that I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband of one wife, and a father of two children. My wife and I were sealed in the Washington, D.C. Temple nearly 20 years ago, and believe that our Temple marriage is the anchor or lives, our friendship, and our love for each other. I am so grateful for my Mormon heritage, and I am so grateful that the Church is a "true and living Church." Our testimonies of the Church are strengthened each day and each week as our family attends church and remembers our Savior's love and life. Professionally, I run a non-profit organization that promotes broadband internet technology. I have spent most of my career as a journalist focused on law and technology. I attended Swarthmore College, which is where I wrote the essay that began, "I am not a Mormon." The essay was a reflection on why, at age 19, I didn't feel that I should serve a mission for the Church. At the time, I spoke about the Church, and my feelings for it. I don't believe that I was bitter. Looking back, I see myself as one who hadn't been converted to the gospel. I hadn't applied the atonement of Christ to my life. What happened to me? Setbacks. Disappointment. Mistakes. We all make these in our lives. If we live without Christ in our life, we are all alone. When we turn to him, he prunes us and trims us. As Jesus says, "without me ye can do nothing." Several years after my essay, I changed. I did indeed have an opportunity to serve a mission, and was called to Portugal Lisbon South and the Cape Verde Islands.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that God is our Father in Heaven. We are literally the spirit children of our Heavenly Parents. Each of us on this earth has an eternal destiny and opportunity. But we all make mistakes and fall short of that which God has commanded us to do. This is why our Heavenly Father sent His son Jesus Christ. He knew we would come to earth, would be faced with trials, and would fail. Failing is good, and important, because without the struggle against opposition, we would never be able to grow and progress. And it is this eternal growth that is our Father's greatest work and glory. That is why we must learn from and accept Jesus as our Savior. How can we learn about him? Fortunately, we have the scriptures -- the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and other works that we receive through latter-day prophets. This was the bold message that Joseph Smith brought to the world. As a 14 year-old boy, he needed to know which church to join. He went to pray to His Father in Heaven, and he received an answer to his prayer. I have received answers to my prayers. From the shadows of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, to the suburban Washington, D.C., neighborhood of McLean, Virginia, the Lord has shown me of His love for me, and His desire that I be humble and willing to turn to Him. As I have done this, He has blessed me immeasurably in my life.

How I live my faith

I am an intense, goal-driven person, and my "work" side balances out my my wife's "home" side. As with everyone, we have our trials, but we know that the Lord will provide a way for us through our trials. I am very much a creature of habit, and through the gospel, the Lord has helped me to cultivate good habits. I rise up every morning early. I pray to our Heavenly Father. I exercise every day, except Sunday. I write in my journal, which enables me to "check in" emotionally -- and to take stock of what is really important. I study the scriptures, particularly the Book of Mormon. Our family tries to find time every day to read in the scriptures, to say our prayers, and to take time to be with and share the joy of who we are. We participate in our local ward, serving where we are called, and attempting to do our best, or to "magnify" the callings that the Lord has given us. Our local ward congregation is a great support and a blessing to each member of our family. We truly wouldn't be at home without being a part of the Church.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Drew
The Temple is a place of instruction. The Temple helps us realize that this life is an extremely short blip of time in the eternity. We are all children of our Father in Heaven, and we recognize that there is a purpose here on earth. Going to the Temple helps remind me that our purpose in life is eternal, and that we must always keep our goal for eternal life in perspective. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Drew
Thomas S. Monson is the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and we sustain him as a prophet, seer, and revelator. I am so grateful that we have prophets and apostles on the earth today. Show more Show less