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Hi I'm Andy

I'm all about other cultures. I love the outdoors. I enjoy freedom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Although I was born and mostly raised in Utah, I spent the first 5 1/2 years of my life in Canada and have lived abroad in Germany and England. I'm in touch with my roots and make them a large part of my identity. My grandmother was Japanese who married an Irish GI after World War Two. My other grandparents are from British ancestry and were some of the early settlers of America. That being said, I'm an avid student of World War Two, a lover of Ireland, and have a deep love for this country. I consider America to be a blessed land and am so grateful for all of the various opinions, beliefs, and cultures which make this country strong and independent. I love learning about other cultures. I served an LDS mission to Germany and was fortunate enough to interact with people from virtually every country. Once I returned from Germany, I decided to study Geography in college with hopes to continue interacting with people from all over the world. I enjoy the outdoors and all of the activities that are available (all for free(for the most part)). I enjoy hiking, canoeing, exploring, target shooting, cross country skiing, etc. All of these activities are even better with people.

Why I am a Mormon

It's pretty straight forward. Mormonism claims that the gospel and practices that Jesus Christ taught while on the Earth were eventually lost or falsely understood. This included the priesthood which granted Christ's appointed leaders/teachers to perform saving actions such as baptism. After close to 2,000 years later, the gospel was restored to the Lord's appointed prophet Joseph Smith. The Book of Mormon, which was translated by Joseph Smith by the power of God, is evidence of that. You can find out if this is all true by living the gospel and commandments revealed to Joseph Smith by the Lord, read the Book of Mormon, and pray to God to find out if it's true. If it's true, Mormonism promises you'll receive notable blessings, a confirmation from God that it's true, and an increased measure of peace. I simply tried it out and those blessings were all manifested. I've tried other directions or ways of life, but I know that while the other ways can bring happiness, the teachings of the LDS church are of God and really do bring a divine happiness. And as I keep with the teachings and commandments, the peace, blessings, and knowledge increases. As does my devotion. I know that there is a God and that this is His church. That's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I feel faith is a very personal thing. The times I feel my faith is waning is when I start trying to live up to worldly expectations or to impress or please others. Faith, to me, is my relationship with God and my obedience to His commandments. Turns out, the more personal I make my faith, the more outward I become and start focusing on serving others. I'm not the most charitable, I mean, I haven't built an orphanage in Kenya. But I strive to follow the example of our Lord Jesus Christ and love my fellow woman and man. I particularly like working with young people and teaching. By doing that, I feel I actually learn more than I teach.