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Hi I'm Andrew Smith

I'm an Alaskan, an actor, a teacher, and a Shakespeare lover. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the third oldest of ten children and the uncle to one amazing toddler. My family moved to Alaska when I was three years old and we have lived there together ever since. I love to act. As I child I was always very shy, and I have since learned that people hugely underestimate the "quiet kids." But as I grew up I decided to try something new, to go out on a limb, and I tried out for a local production of Alice in Wonderland. To my surprise, I landed one of the leading roles as the Cheshire Cat. I have been acting ever since. I also love Shakespeare and other classical literature. In college I have been pursuing my dream of becoming a classics mentor and perhaps Educational Director of a fine arts institution such as a Shakespeare festival or museum.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for many reasons. Throughout the Scriptures we are told that if we ask, we will recieve. That if we knock it will be opened unto us. I have followed that advice. I have studied out in my heart and mind the Book of Mormon and the Bible, and I have had the doors opened for me. One of the biggest reasons I have continued to be a part of this church is the sense of community and family it gives. I have found that on occasions where I have not been at church for awhile, I feel sort of directionless. The Church and my faith are an anchor. they give me direction and they give me purpose. The scriptures tell us that the Lord is our shepherd. That with Him, we shall not want. How wonderful it has been for me to know that as long as I have faith I can, on any occasion, in any place, ask Him for guidance and he will give it to me liberally and not upraid me.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every single day. For me, it's so much more than attending church on Sunday. While I served as a Sunday School teacher before I recieved my full time call, I also try to live my faith every other day of the week by being an "example of the believers." It's an active love for the Gospel and for the people around you. I try to always speak kind words and to avoid gossip or negative comments about people. C.S. Lewis has said that if we knew the true potential and glory of every single person around us we would be strongly tempted to worship them. I try to live by this. I try every day to treat people like they can be, and I've found that when I do this they rise to the occasion. Shakespeare once said that "he does not love that does not show his love." I try hard every day, no matter how often I fall short, (which is a lot), to show that love in every way that I can.