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Hi I'm Andrew

I'm a cross-country and track runner, I'm from Utah, I'm a Mormon

About Me

I love running! I was extremely lucky to be on an amazing team in high school. I love running because I like fitness and I like to see how far I can push my limits in training and racing. I plan run competitively in college while studying mechanical engineering. That will come after I return from my mission in Queretaro, Mexico, where I am now. Some of my other hobbies are listening to music, solving Rubik's cubes, eating, and ping-pong. I love my family very much. I have two awesome younger brothers and two sweet baby sisters.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an active family in this church. However my testimony was something I had to work very hard for.Ether 12:6 says, “ye receive no witness until after the trail of your faith.” This is crucial. We gain a testimony by the witness of the Holy Ghost and the witness only comes after the trail of our faith. I really struggled with this idea for a long time. I didn’t understand why I needed to have faith before I received a testimony. I became trapped in my doubt which told me that if I had to have faith before I could know something it was like saying force yourself to believe this and immerse yourself in it so that eventually you will trick yourself into believing it. This simply is not true. I want to bear testimony right now that I know that the Holy Ghost is real and truly will bear an unmistakable witness of the truth to us personally when we have acted in sufficient faith. Things learned spiritually transcend things learned temporally. I marvel every day at how the Lord has guided me and helped me to gain a testimony over the last two years or so. The testimony I have now started very small like the seed of faith Alma talks about in Alma 32. We can demonstrate our faith by making decisions to keep the commandments, being willing to serve others, studying the scriptures and praying always. The only way we can gain testimonies is through our agency and faith and by the power of the Holy Ghost. God will always watch over us with love and concern and try to guide us and direct us. I know God is real and that he is our loving Heavenly Father. We are His children. I know Jesus Christ truly is the Son of God and that He is our Savior. Through the power of the atonement we can find peace. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God and because of that I know the church is true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that Thomas S. Monson is a living prophet.

How I live my faith

I live my faith daily by praying to my Heavenly Father every morning and night and throughout the day. I come closer to Him as I count my blessings and ask for strength and guidance. I attend my church meetings every Sunday because I want to be obedient to the commandments and because I absolutely need to take the sacrament. The sacrament is a sacred ordinance that gives me a very special time to remember my Savior and to renew my covenants to Him. I live my faith by striving to be kind and to serve others as Jesus did. I also work to keep myself pure in my thoughts and words. I am greatly strengthened by "feasting upon the words of Christ" as it says in 2 Nephi chapter 32 in the Book of Mormon. I study the Book of Mormon and the Bible daily because I couldn't survive without them. They truly are God's words. I feel a very special spirit and strength whenever I read the Book of Mormon. It is like the ultimate testiment to the truthfulness of our church.