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Hi I'm Andy

I'm a die-hard Utah Jazz fan. I love to run. I'm a high school teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I met my wife Ashley while I was at college studying to become a teacher. Ashley and I have a baby boy named Jack and he owns us. I am passionate about everything I do in life. My wife says I am able to have an opinion about anything and that I am the only person she knows that can legitimately be interested in just about everything. My interests include all sports, running, music, movies, and hanging out. I believe that the Utah Jazz will one day win the NBA championship and that I will be there to see it. I believe that a person can't be wholly happy without music in his/her life. And I love spending time around other people far more than I enjoy being alone, which might explain why I chose to be a teacher. I can't imagine me sitting behind a desk all day, but spending my time talking with youth and trying to help them prepare for their futures just sounded like a great way to live.

Why I am a Mormon

There came a time when I was a teenager when I really had to decide if this was for me. I wondered if the scriptures were true or if they were just nice guidelines by which to live ones life. I wondered if the church was truly Jesus Christ's restored church or if it was simply a nice place with nice people. I had some experiences that were assurances to me that Jesus Christ was real and that His church truly had been placed on this Earth. In one of my darkest hours where I wondered if I could even take another step, I turned to prayer and asked my Father in Heaven if He could help me. I said in my prayer, "It says in the scriptures that 'all those that labor and are heavy burdened come to me and I will give you rest.'" I said to my father in heaven that I needed to feel that rest. I physically felt like I was given a second wind while I was on my knees as I felt a warmth overcome my shoulders and chest. I felt on fire and said in my prayer, "wow, if I could feel like this all the time I'd never have any problems." I knew He heard me. I thanked my Heavenly Father for that experience then and continue to til' this day. I've seen the positive effects of living the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life and I've seen the effects in the lives of my friends and family that have chosen not to. Because of how I've felt as well as what I have seen I can't imagine not being a member of the church.

How I live my faith

In our church we spend a great deal of effort trying to look out for others. I love serving in the church by visiting with families in our neighborhood. With some other leaders from our local congregation I visit with families all the time. Sometimes those families are in great need or facing serious trials. I've visited with families where someone is struggling with addictions that are hurting their home. Sometimes we visit families where things seem to be going great. Whatever the case is, I love the sense of community and brotherhood that I feel as I try and look out for my neighbors and let them know that I'm there for them if they need any help with anything. If not for my church I often wonder who I would be today and shudder at the thought of the relationships I would have missed the chance to make. For me, living a Christian lifestyle is all about service, looking out for one another, living a happy life here while preparing for an eternal life to come, which can only be accomplished through our Savior Jesus Christ.

Are Mormons Christians?

Andy
Jesus Christ is the anchor of my life. I grew up in a home where I learned all the stories of Jesus from the New Testament as a child. I grew up in a home where I learned that when I made mistakes I could always turn to Christ and that He would help me to overcome those mistakes. For as long as I can remember I have known that through Jesus Christ I could become more than I am and someday return to live with Him again. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Andy
No. Though, it was such a great experience for me I would recommend serving to anyone that asked me. It was a sacrifice to leave my school work behind and not be with my family and friends for 2 years. Still, it was such a great experience for me to get out and see a different part of the world, offer community service, and more importantly to teach others about the blessings that come when we follow Jesus Christ. For 2 years that was all I did every day and it was one of the most important and happy times in my life. Show more Show less