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Hi I'm Andrew Jergensen

I'm a Californian, an Eagle Scout, a clarinetist, a water polo player, and a Mormon.

About Me

I've always enjoyed drawing, I'm nowhere near the best, but I'm getting better, and I really like doing it. I love to airsoft, I'll go paint balling too, but given a choice between them I'll pick airsoft every time; it's superior in every way, as long as you go with people who call their hits. I love books and movies and TV series; it doesn't matter much what the genre is, just as long as it has a good story, but when I find one I like, I go deep into it. I can tell you things that most people don't even know exist about the stories I like. I play the clarinet, I could be better if I practiced more...or at all. I'll get on that once I'm back home with my clarinet again. Basically, there's a lot that makes up who I am, and you wouldn't expect a lot of it, but I do the best I can.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family (5th of 6 kids) and we always attended church unless we were sick or traveling. Those were seriously the only reasons to miss at my house, and when I moved out and went college, I kept with it. Why? Why would anyone want to live these standards? Why would anyone want to supposedly limit their freedom and "happiness" by living these "restrictions?" Because it is true. These things that people view as rules that keep us from fun are really commandments from a loving Heavenly Father who only seeks our eternal happiness. He knows that everything He tells us to do is for our own personal good, and that by doing so it will help others too. "And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God" (Mosiah 2:41 in the Book of Mormon, page 151). I know, of my own experiences and through the power of prayer, that Jesus is the Christ. That He suffered and died for the sins of all mankind, and that He lives again. I know that in 1820, He and His Father appeared to the boy Joseph Smith and used him to restore Their church in its fullness. I know that Their church continues today as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, as is the Bible. Finally, I know that anyone (including you) who asks God, really wanting to know, really wanting to act on His answer, can know these things too. That is why I am a Mormon. And that is what you need to know and find out for yourself.

How I live my faith

In my life, I've done a lot with the church. In my teen years I went to mutual (our version of youth group) as often as I could and I served in Deacons' and Teachers' Quorum Presidencies, as well as First Assistant in Priest Quorum. I've been a home teacher, and I like to think that I've been a good one. I also served as my BYU Freshmen ward's assistant ward clerk, and I am now serving as a missionary in the Great Kentucky, Louisville Mission until June 2016. I've loved every moment of my time in the Church, I look forward to more opportunities to serve when I return from being a missionary. Outside of church though, I try to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, overcoming my own weaknesses, and stand as a witness of Christ at all times, and in all things, and in all places that I may be in (see Mosiah 18:9 in the Book of Mormon, page 181; seriously, read it and the rest of the book too while you're at it).

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Andrew Jergensen
I love having the opportunity to help someone out. In my life, I have had many chances to help others, and to receive help myself. Now, do you think that when I've offered to help anyone that I would ask "before I do anything, are you a Mormon? Because if you're not, tough luck." In what way would that be Christ-like? Our goal, as followers of Jesus Christ, is to help others, in any way we can, whenever we can. Who cares if they're Mormon? They need our help! Even on a global scale, members of the Church are always reaching across borders to help those in need. Wherever we're needed, we love to help. "Have I done any good in the world today?" a favorite hymn asks, "Have helped anyone in need? Have I cheered up the sad, or made someone feel glad? If not, I have failed indeed." Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Andrew Jergensen
Jesus Christ commanded his disciples to "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." I think the most direct answer for why we send out missionaries is because we have been commanded to. The reason we choose to accept that call to serve, is because we know the good news that is the gospel of Jesus Christ, and because we know that it has been restored. "Now, what do we hear in the gospel which we have received? A voice of gladness! A voice of mercy from heaven; and a voice of truth out of the earth; glad tidings for the dead; a voice of gladness for the living and the dead; glad tidings of great joy...Brethren, shall we not go on in so great a cause?" (excepts from D&C 128:19&22). Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Andrew Jergensen
In a perfect world, they would have no purpose, but, in case you haven't noticed, people go through hard times; a lot. The welfare services of the church are there to help anyone in need. The ultimate goal of providing this service is to help others get on their feet and be able to meet their own needs. We will walk with them the entire way and help them serve others as we serve them. Getting people to where they need to be is what every aspect of the gospel is all about. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Andrew Jergensen
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). We all mess up. We all make mistakes. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is when Christ suffered, died, and was later resurrected to pay the price for those sins. The power and purpose of the Atonement of Jesus Christ is to allow us to receive mercy, strength, and forgiveness; and to enable us to overcome our own personal downfalls. We unlock that power through faith and repentance; in the process becoming more like Him. As we accept His matchless gift into our lives, we do as the Book of Mormon prophet Moroni invites: "Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him" (Moroni 10:32). Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Andrew Jergensen
God is the father of our spirits; that is why we refer to Him as Heavenly Father. He is a perfect, glorified, immortal being who knows all things. He is the creator of our existence, and He is the author of the plan for our salvation. He is the head of this universe, and we, as His children, seek to become more like Him. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Andrew Jergensen
"Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?" (1 Corinthians 15:29). We know from the teachings and example of the Savior Himself, that baptism is essential to salvation in the kingdom of God, but we know from world experience that millions have died without the opportunity to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ, let alone baptism by proper authority. Our Father in heaven has prepared a way for all who would have received the gospel, if they had been permitted to tarry, to become heirs of the kingdom of God. That way includes baptisms for the dead. By allowing us to perform baptisms for the dead by proxy (similar to how the Savior suffered for our sins also by proxy), God has given us the chance to allow our kindred dead to accept the necessary ordinance of baptism for themselves, assuming they never had the chance before they were dead. The doctrine of baptisms for the dead was never intended to provide us with a "second chance." Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Andrew Jergensen
Yes. The Bible contains the truths of the gospel as taught by the Son of God Himself. We believe it to be God-given; literally. The confusion comes, I think, from the fact that we also use and believe in the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. To clear this up, I will quote from the Book of Mormon itself: "These last records, which thou hast seen among the Gentiles, shall establish the truth of the first, which are of the twelve apostles of the Lamb" (1 Nephi 13:40). The Book of Mormon basically says, "That record that you have as the Bible, yup, that's accurate." Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Andrew Jergensen
Well, for a more in-depth answer, I'd suggest hitting that "Meet with Mormon missionaries" button, but for a brief idea of our beliefs: We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ. We also believe in the Holy Ghost. We believe that these three beings make up what we call "the Godhead" and that their joint purpose is "to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man" (Moses 1:39). Their plan to accomplish this is centered on the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We believe that, through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel. We believe that these "laws and ordinances of the gospel" include, but are not limited to: faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism by immersion for the remission of sins, receiving the Gift of the holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. The authority to perform these ordinances (baptism, confer the Gift of the Holy Ghost, etc.) is known as the priesthood. We believe that following the death of the Savior, that authority was lost through the deaths of the apostles, but following several hundred years of spiritual darkness, that authority was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. We believe that God continues to direct the Church today, through living prophets and apostles on the earth today. And that's considered "brief." Show more Show less