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Hi I'm Andrew

I thrive on creation. I'm an industrial design student, a lucky husband, and a proud father. And I'm a mormon.

About Me

I love to spend time with my family. I am married to a lovely woman and I have a beautiful daughter. There's nothing better than eating a great meal together and then playing card games afterward for as long as we want. Right now I'm attending school for industrial design, which is pretty much creating, designing, and improving various types of products. I find a lot of satisfaction throughout the process of design. Good design inspires me. I also enjoy watching movies with my wife and being outdoors when we make time for it. I never get out to go camping as much as I want to. I also enjoy shooting clay pigeons and target shooting. I am trying to get into cycling. When I ride my bike I get some good exercise, but I also get time to clear my thoughts and meditate.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because I choose to be. It is through the revealed truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ that I gain perspective on the big questions. From a young age I remember thinking where did I come from BEFORE I was born?? And what happens after I die??? I know that God loves us. In my opinion, all that matters in this life is knowing who God is and how we know it. He is our Father in Heaven. We are his children and He cares about everything we experience and feel. We left Him and came to earth in order to become more like Him. He gave us His only begotten Son so that we could become charactered, Christ-like individuals. This church is all about providing happiness to its members. I don't have room to go into detail here. But the gospel of Jesus Christ gives me perspective on the meaning of my existence and that gives me great joy.

How I live my faith

I live my faith one day at a time and never giving up trying to improve. At church I teach gospel lessons to young men ages 16-18. Jesus Christ is my example to follow as well as many of my family members. I know that I won't ever be perfect in this life, but I can obtain true joy through my choices. I have found great peace in my life through the grace of Jesus Christ. It is only through Him that I can overcome weakness and sin. Each day is a new chance and I have come to love the opportunity to repent. Most of my joy comes from serving others especially my family.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Andrew
We need a Savior because we are imperfect. All of us sin. And I mean ALL of us. All of us have weaknesses. Some of us are prone to certain shortcomings which cannot be overcome until we have faith in the Son of God. Everyone on earth wants to live in a better place after we die. We want to return to live with our Heavenly Father. The scriptures say that no unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God. Therefore, if we do not rely on the sacrifice Jesus Christ offered us to repent we cannot hope to return to live with God. I know that Jesus Christ lives. He loves you and me. He died for all of us that we might have joy in this life and eternal life in the world to come. He is not a distant memory or merely an historical figure from the past. He is resurrected and speaks through His prophet today. This is His church. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Andrew
The priesthood is the power to act in God's name for the salvation of His children. Jesus Christ taught that baptism is necessary in order for us to enter the kingdom of God. He gave His apostles the priesthood to perform baptism, confirmation, and other necessary ordinances(rites). This authority passed down from Jesus Christ made such ordinances valid in the eyes of God. For example, if I saw that you were speeding and then decided to pull you over and write you a ticket, would you pay it?? Of course not. Only police officers are granted the authority to issue such a citation. Saving ordinances are only valid if performed by someone who has authority from God to do so and represent Him. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has this authority today. It blesses the lives of thousands. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Andrew
There is life after death. You are a spiritual being living a brief mortal existence. When you die, your spirit leaves your body and goes to a place called the spirit world. There you may see loved ones who passed on before you, and you will have the choice to learn the gospel of Jesus Christ if you didn't have the opportunity while on earth. After a period of waiting in the spirit world, your body will be re-united with your spirit, never to be separated again. This is made possible through Jesus Christ. Everyone who is born will receive a resurrected body because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. God revealed these teachings to a prophet who lived in ancient America and are found in the Book of Mormon. Through studying and prayer I know that we live after death. There is so much for us to look forward to. Our loved ones are not lost forever. This is true because of Jesus Christ. He is our Redeemer and loves us deeply. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Andrew
Joseph Smith was the man whom God chose to be a prophet just like Moses or Samuel or any other in the Bible. A prophet testifies of Jesus Christ. Each prophet of the past usually had a task given them from God to complete. Noah built a ship. Moses led the children of Israel out of captivity. John the baptist prepared the way for Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith restored the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth. Mormons only worship Jesus Christ. We do not worship Joseph Smith. But we have a great love and respect for his contribution to the restoration of the gospel. Without him we would not have the Book of Mormon which is another testament of Jesus Christ. Without the Book of Mormon we would not have the truth of our Heavenly Father's plan of salvation. He was a great man who was murdered for preaching his belief. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Andrew
Please make some time for the full-time missionaries to visit with you. They are very kind and will help you understand the basic principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. They may also introduce you to members of the church in your area that have similar interests as you. There is a reason you feel curious in what you have read thus far. The spirit of God is calling for you to feel lasting peace by entering the waters of baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. I know that it may seem uncomfortable to take a step into the unknown, but I plead with you to contact the missionaries. Heavenly Father will richly bless you. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Andrew
The current prophet and president of the church is Thomas S. Monson. He receives revelation to direct the affairs of the kingdom of God on the earth. The official church answer says it best. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Andrew
Family is everything to Mormons. It is my family who has taught me the things which matter most in life and shaped me into who I am today. I love my family. I now have a wife and daughter and my greatest joy comes from spending time with them. Pretty much everything I do is because of family. I show up on time to work hard each day so I can keep my job so that we can pay bills, I study hard at school to maintain a great GPA so that I can graduate and land a great job. I go to church each week and hold regular family prayer and scripture study, because I know my family needs constant reminders of the teachings of Jesus Christ. I am motivated to say and do good things because of my family. I strive to be a good man for them. I want to be with them forever and know that is possible. It's not a simple desire, but a true possibility through the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Andrew
Mormon missionaries proselyte because they love the Lord Jesus Christ. In this day He has commanded His disciples to go unto all the world to share the restored truth of the gospel with others. While members of the church are encouraged to share what they believe, missionaries voluntarily dedicate two years of their life to preaching the gospel full-time. They leave behind all other endeavors to share the gospel and invite others to come unto Christ. They serve in this capacity without receiving pay and many save up money to pay their own way. They are normal men and women who are eager to share with you the truths that have brought peace, understanding, and perspective to their own lives. Next time you see them please stop them and have a little chat. They are very kind and respectful. I invite you to hear them out for only fifteen minutes to hear their message. They will not force or intimidate you to do anything. I know that if you give God fifteen minutes of your time, He will bless you with a feeling of peace in your heart. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Andrew
Baptism is essential. The scriptures teach us that we need to be baptized if we want to enter the kingdom of God, both on earth and in heaven. Jesus is our perfect example. He sought out the man who had the authority to baptize by immersion. Baptism is an outward expression of an inner desire to follow Jesus Christ. Those who are baptized into the church enter a covenant with Him to follow Jesus Christ, keep the commandments, and bear one another's burdens. In return, the Lord promises us forgiveness of sins and to return to live with Him if we keep our covenant. Baptism is also a necessary step to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, which is one of the greatest gifts your Heavenly Father can bestow. The Holy Ghost is the only thing that can bring you light and truth. He will enlighten your path in this life and provide comfort, peace and assurance of the things that matter most. Heavenly Father eagerly desires to grant you this gift. I know you are important to Him. He cares about you and knows you. I plead for you to meet with the missionaries to learn more about baptism and the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Andrew
The phrase "ask and ye shall receive" is repeated numerous times throughout the scriptures. God is the source of truth. He will answer your sincere prayer with a response from the Holy Ghost that will come into your mind or into your heart. I invite you to seek out the missionaries. If you already have, then please pray and ask God if what you have been taught is true. I know that He can and will reveal to you the truth if you seek Him honestly. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Andrew
The First Vision details an event when Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ both appeared to Joseph Smith as a response to his prayer on which church to join. They told him to join no church, because at that time no church had the authority to act in God's name. This event actually happened. I know that they did in fact appear to Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Andrew
The authority to to baptize is actually crucial to everyone's salvation. In the church, a man must be ordained to the priesthood and be worthy in order to perform baptism and other ordinances. While other types of baptisms may be an expression of faith in God, only a baptism under God's authority will assure us to be able to return to Him. In the bible we see that many people were touched by John the baptist's prophesies of the Savior and were baptized. Years later when Paul, a disciple of Christ, was preaching to these people about baptism. They responded to him saying that they had already been baptized. Paul asked if they had received the gift of the Holy Ghost as well. They responded with blank stares saying they had not received the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Paul then stressed the importance of this gift. We need the Gift of the Holy Ghost in order to be cleansed from sin. Only those with authority from God are able to bestow this gift. I know that this authority to perform these sacred rites has been restored to the earth again through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that this is the true church of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less