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Hi I'm Andy Proctor

I'm a musician, a skateboarder, a football player, a breakdancer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

What can I share about myself that helps others identify with me? I mean, I love music. All music. Rock, Hip-Hop, Acoustic, Blues... I love the Blues. But not the sad blues, just the really melancholy "I'm relaxed and groovin" blues. I love to be on any kind of board: skateboard, wakeboard, snowboard, wakeskate, snowskate, wakesurf. Really as long as 2 feet are planted on it and you stand sideways I'll give it a try. You can say all you want to but American Football is the greatest sport on earth. No one else plays it like we do in America. And yet, a hip/hop or breakdance warm up will take just as much (if not more) out of me than a football game. There's nothing cooler than a well coreographed hip-hop combo. Fun fact: I left a piece of my heart and soul in Italy, where I served a 2 year LDS mission. I've been missing that piece, but it gives me an excuse to go back and retrieve it. Except I think I might conveniently forget to bring it back with me so that I can have an excuse to go back again. And again. And again.

Why I am a Mormon

Like most members in Utah, I was born into the Church. And like most members I grew up living the lifestyle, without much of a fuss. I lived the standards according to my reasoning and beliefs which weren't very deeply rooted in experience or profundity. The thing that changed me was reading the Book of Mormon and praying daily. I always believed in God, but I hadn't had a deeply spiritual experience that confirmed His existence to me. I believe the Book of Mormon is God's greatest demonstration of His love to us in these last days, times in which we can't experience the gift of His Son in the flesh. We can't experience Christ's mortal life first hand, so He gave us scripture which helps us experience it through ancient prophets and His Spirit. Anyone who wants to feel closer to God and Christ will certainly do so by reading and praying about the Book of Mormon. I know it. I did it.

How I live my faith

I learned to integrate God into my life more fully when I served my mission in 2011-2013. Whereas before I simply believed in God I now know that He lives and is a huge part of my daily life. I think it all came from serving others. For me, the most defining aspect of divinity is charity; pure love for others shown through action without expectation of recompense. And that's what I was able to learn to do while serving the people in Italy. I understood more about what Christ did while he was on the earth, and what I am supposed to do while I'm here. Besides charity, I think one other word sums it up pretty well: Share. For me, the best way to demonstrate Christlike love is just to share. Share your time, your interests, your ears. Share your favorite hobbies and talents, your most wonderful ideas and biggest fears. Share your testimony of Christ and the peaceful feeling you feel when you ponder and pray about the Gospel. Just share.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Andy Proctor
Why? Because we had an experience, a personal one. One that was so significant and wonderful that we can't help but want to share it with everyone and anyone else. Because the feeling of serving others and sharing the best part of yourself supersedes any good feeling you can get from any other type of activity. And because seeing someone else smile the same smile you once did is gratifying to the Nth degree. Show more Show less