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Hi I'm Andrea

I'm an English major. I've lost my father. I'm a full-time missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 20 years old, and the youngest of seven children (I love it!). My siblings are my best friends and I love spending time with and getting advice from them. In the spring of 2015, while I was in high school, my dad passed away unexpectedly. This was incredibly hard for my family, but because of the restored gospel in our lives we were blessed with hope for the next life when we will see our dad again, and with comfort in knowing that our Heavenly Father loves us and is mindful of our family. Most importantly, we have felt the love, understanding, and strength of our Savior, Jesus Christ, in helping our family heal and press forward. Even though the gospel lessened the sting of our loss, it still hasn't been easy. I moved away to attend college in Utah just six months after my dad died. I felt overwhelmed and inadequate and scared. With advice from my sister and mom, I sought professional help the summer after my first year of school to help me work through my grief and its effects, including anxiety and depression. Through the healing power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and seeking help not only from Him but from others, I have been blessed to find joy in my life. I find joy in things like playing the piano and organ and singing in choirs (or with my siblings). I love going for walks and spending quiet time in nature. I love reading good literature, writing memoirs, running, dancing and spending time with friends. Life isn't easy, but there is always joy to be found.

Why I am a Mormon

I love Jesus Christ. I truly, honestly, love Him--because I keep getting to know Him better as I exercise faith. When I moved out of my childhood home to attend school, it was 100% truly up to me to choose whether or not I wanted to be an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As I chose to attend church, partake of the sacrament, serve in my ward (congregation), study the scriptures, and pray, my love for the principles of the gospel just grew and grew. In taking steps of faith, I kept learning. I'm still learning--a lot. But here's what I love about it: there's always more to learn, and the more I learn, the more joy I feel. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is simple: He asks us to exercise faith, repent, be baptized, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end. Even these simple things He asks of us bless our lives so much. I just cannot put into adequate words how joyful the gospel makes me--continually. Yes, there are sadnesses and frustrations and hard times in life. I have felt them. I'm dealing with them currently. We all deal with them every day. But I have seen too many beautiful, small, and tender miracles in my life through answers to my prayers. I am a daughter of my Heavenly Father, who truly loves me. He has provided a Savior and His Gospel for us so that we can return to Him. No matter what trials I encounter in my life, I have hope, because I know my Savior, Jesus Christ, lives. I know my Father in Heaven loves me. I know that He, in His great wisdom and mercy, has a plan for us. I know that my family will be together for eternity--not only in this life, but in the next--because of the ordinances of the temple! I'm a Mormon because of the joy the truths of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ brings to my life.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints in the Houston, Texas area . I am thrilled to take part of this opportunity to dedicate 18 months of my life to my Heavenly Father and His work. It's the real deal! The Gospel has blessed my life and I am so grateful that I get to wear not only my name, but Christ's name on my name tag as I give myself in full time service for Him. There's more to living the gospel than serving a full-time mission, though. It's spectacular to get to be a full-time missionary at this time in my life, but being a true follower of Jesus Christ means being like Him and sharing His gospel with others every day. It's about serving and loving everyone, like He did. It means learning as much as I can about Him by reading the Book of Mormon and other scriptures, like the Bible. It's about drawing closer to Him by praying to my Heavenly Father in His name--not only for help and in gratitude in my own life, but in asking for opportunities to serve those around me. I have been astounded, when I have simply asked the Lord to guide me to what I can do to serve someone and share the love of Christ, how He answers those prayers. Living my faith is doing my best to live my life following the perfect example of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.