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Hi I'm Andrew

I'm a morning person, a nature-admirer, a singer, and a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Arizona and love the desert. My family now lives in Colorado and I have come to appreciate the beauty of the mountains there. I was raised on family dinners, trampoline adventures, movie quotes, indoor fort-making, and a healthy dose of family music. I love to sing, especially with my dad. A lot of my friends describe me as "chipper" and I'm pretty proud of that. A big part of who I am is centered in my relationship with my parents. I owe so much to them! I'm really close to my momma. She knows me better than any other person. Her counsel has kept me going in times of confusion and has helped shape my testimony of God's love. She typifies that love in everything she does. My dad is my hero. I've never known any person like him. He's a man among men. Despite his initial circumstances, he took hold of his life and has never looked back. I love to watch sunsets. There's something about the sunsets in Colorado that's always new and exciting. It's mainly the ever-moving clouds. I love to think about how the Lord didn't have to make the world beautiful, but that He did anyway. It's one of the many ways I recognize His love. I pretty much love to do anything outdoors. I especially like playing lacrosse, ultimate frisbee, running, and swimming! I love to learn! I'm at college right now and enjoy (almost) every minute! I love how the things I learn in completely different subjects still seem to connect when I really come to understand them!

Why I am a Mormon

From the time I was little, I've always believed that God was real. I had countless experiences, while growing up, where I found myself in need of help in one way or another. In these times, I recognized an inner sense of direction, almost like another person speaking to me, telling me to pray. I found that each time I followed this counsel, I would feel God's love and direction for me. He inevitably answers, whether in ways I expect or not. As a result of these experiences, I grew to feel a connection with God. I've come to trust that inner voice. In the Church, we call this the Holy Spirit - God's messenger of truth. My parents taught me that God is the father of my spirit. That inner voice confirmed the truth of their teachings to me. During my teenage years - especially in high school - I always felt like I was different than everyone else. I felt like there was something wrong with me. Though I had some friends, I was lonely. I went through a period of depression that I remember as the lowest point in my life. I felt worthless and unimportant; I felt forgotten. My mom played a crucial role in my life during this time. Her unconditional love inspired me to search for that kind of acceptance. This reminded me of the importance of developing my relationship with Heavenly Father. Over the course of the next few years, I came to feel more fully His love for me. I learned to accept myself for who I am, acknowledging and feeding my desire to improve and ultimately become like the Savior, Jesus Christ. I read The Book of Mormon and prayed to know if it is true. I now know by the power of the Spirit that it is. In the most recent years of my life, the relationship that I have with my Heavenly Father has grown as I've tried to follow always that feeling inside that comes from the Spirit. I've learned that Heavenly Father allows me to experience challenges so that I can learn, gain experience, and develop empathy and compassion. He richly rewards me as I trust Him.

How I live my faith

Jesus Christ taught that the greatest commandment - our greatest duty - is to love Heavenly Father more than anything else. The second greatest is to love everyone else as much as we love ourselves. I've found that I can't truly love God more than anything else until I love His children. Heavenly Father sent me on a two-year mission to California where I really learned how to show that love for Him by serving His children. I remember the moment I first saw my missionary name tag, which also has Jesus Christ's name on it. I remember thinking that I had waited so many years to see that name tag. I spent those two years teaching about the Savior and His Gospel. I tried to invite every person I could to hear the message of truth that God wants for all people. This was a period in my life that I felt more connected with God than any time before. The Spirit led me constantly, whether I was aware of it or not. I learned that many of the things I used to enjoy brought only temporary pleasure; it is only in the service of God and our fellow neighbors that we can find true and lasting happiness. God's way is the only truly happy way. I saw that not only in my own life, but in the lives of many people who I taught. When they acted on the truths we taught them, they changed. I could actually see them becoming happier and more satisfied with life. I am no longer a missionary with a name tag, but I still try to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in every way I can. At college, I meet loads of new people all the time. It's easy to get so caught up in the busy life of a college student and to forget the people around me. But these are people! They are God's children, too! When I remember that - that all these people around me are my brothers and sisters - I feel different about them; it makes it easier to love them. I try to go out of my way to be cheerful and nice to everyone. I try to look for people who may be having a hard time and serve them. I know that's what God wants.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon was mainly written by an Ancient American named Mormon - fancy that! There was a whole population of people that lived on the American continent thousands of years ago. God loved them just as much as He loves you and I. He chose prophets - just like the prophets in the Bible - to teach His Gospel to these people. Much like the Bible, the history of these people and the teachings of these prophets were recorded. These prophets taught the same truths that are taught in the Bible, namely that Jesus is the Christ and that it is only through Him that we can be saved. Jesus Christ, Himself, visited these people shortly after His Resurrection. All of these writings were summarized into one book by Mormon. He was also a prophet and was directed by God to do so. His son, Moroni, buried this book in the earth to keep it safe when his nation was destroyed. Centuries later, that same Moroni was sent by God from Heaven to tell a young boy about the book. That boy was Joseph Smith. God chose Joseph Smith to be a prophet, to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and restore original truths of God that had been lost, and to translate The Book of Mormon into English. Through this prophet (Joseph Smith), God restored the original church that Jesus Christ had organized when He was on earth. That church is on the earth now; it is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I hope everyone will read The Book of Mormon and pray about it like I did. God will always answer. Show more Show less