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Hi I'm Andrew

I love science. I love gaming. I love my family and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name's Andrew and I grew up in Southern California. I wasn't too far away from Los Angeles so I've always been surrounded by the big city. After I graduated high school my family and I moved to Pasco Washington to get closer to extended family. I'm currently living in Utah, attending Brigham Young University. My family has always been really close to me. My two older brothers both have conditions that have made traveling and vacationing difficult. So our family was usually at home. My dad made it a point to be home with us as much as he could. He would get up really early in the morning every weekday to head into work so he could be home around 3 PM. My mom never worked while I was growing up so I've always had my parents and siblings around me. As a result, I've had a lot of interest in things you can do indoors. Video games and TV shows and movies and things were ways we spent time together. I love learning. Science in particular is what I love. I'm currently a physics major. I love to learn how the world around us operates. Because of my faith it helps me appreciate more just how much planning and work God put into creating the Earth for us. I love having a good time and being able to laugh with others. Life for me would be great if everyone could just laugh and have a fun time together.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My parents were both members before I was born. So it's really the only church I've ever attended. Many might say I'm only a Mormon because my parents are. But there's more to it than that. Everyone has to come to know that the gospel is true for themselves. From my experience growing up, I never really doubted anything until I was about fourteen or so. I knew my parents seemed to believe what the church taught, and I knew a lot about what we believed. But it was hard for me to accept that it was true. I felt there was no way to really know for sure especially when it came to what happens after we die. My parents never judged me for not knowing for myself if the church was true. Instead they continued to love me and helped to guide me towards receiving my own answer. In time the Lord did answer me. But it took action on my part. When I was sixteen I was one day reading in the Book of Mormon. And I decided that I was tired of not knowing if what I'd been taught all my life was true. So I prayed and asked God to tell me if it was true. The experience I had in response to that prayer is very sacred to me. But to be brief, I felt very powerfully that everything was true and that I didn't need to doubt anymore. The power of that experience convinced me that I could not have made it all up in my head or anything else. I knew God had spoken to me. There wasn't a voice, but the feeling was so strong that I knew. The power of that experience carries me today. I can always think back to the time that I received that answer from God. I can feel what I felt then whenever I think about the experience. The feeling of God's love is amazing, and that's why I am a Mormon. Not because my parents are Mormons, but because I truly believe for myself.

How I live my faith

In the past I served as a full-time missionary in the church. As a missionary, I traveled around different parts of Florida and whether I had a car, a bike, or my own two feet, I went and invited others to hear the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Every day for two years I spent every hour trying to invite others to come closer to the Savior. It was a really great experience for me to be able to testify to others about what I know to be true. Prior to the call to serve a mission I'd been able to serve in leaderships positions in our youth groups. When I was twelve I was assigned to be the leader of the twelve and thirteen year old boys in our congregation. I was able to participate in the youth program and help direct what we did. But really the way I live my faith is to never be ashamed of what I believe. There are standards that I have that I won't compromise. I try my best each day to become more like the Savior. I'm certainly not perfect, but in little ways I can learn to be more compassionate and loving like He was.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

When members of our Church refer to a "testimony" they're talking about what they know or believe to be true. We talk a lot about "getting a testimony" which refers to coming to know for yourself if what we believe and teach is true. Testimony comes from experiences with the Holy Ghost. He comes to our hearts when we do something right or when we hear something that is true. His role is to help us know what is true and what is not, especially when it comes to truths about God and Jesus Christ. The best way to "get a testimony" is to pray and ask God Himself to tell you if something is true. The Holy Ghost will speak to your mind, with thoughts, and heart, with feelings, in answer to your prayer to let you know if it's right or wrong. Show more Show less