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Hi I'm Andy

I am a pretty average, 1/2 Japanese, Utah native, trying hard to live a non-average life.

About Me

I mean it when I describe myself as average. I graduated in the middle of my high school class, am of average height and average athletic ability. You might even say that I'm technically the average of two distinct racial groups, being that I'm 1/2 Japanese. However, I've tried to live my life by making lots of non-average choices. I started rock climbing at 16 and was immediately hooked. My climbing adventures took me and my friends and all over Utah, Idaho, Nevada, California and even Ecuador. In college my friends and I bought a "cheap" sailboat with some landscaping money, which led to a number of date-debacles and other misadventures (there's no such thing as a cheap sailboat by the way). I bought another cheap toy (an old motorcyle) but never got my license because the bike broke down on the side of the rode on my way to the DMV. After what felt like too long, I eventually "wooed" and married a wonderful girl named Blaire. She is an awesome mother to our two sweet & sour kids. Sweet because they are incredibly sweet, and sour because they are not always incredibly sweet :) I am about to graduate with an MBA from BYU in entrepreneurship, and am launching a tech start-up (perhaps the next misadventure?) with a couple friends. Wish us luck!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the "Mormon" church and appreciate my parents so much for their dedicated efforts to teach me how to live happily. When I was a young teen my dad promised me that if I took my questions about life to God and read the scriptures regularly, especially the Book of Mormon, I would get those questions answered. I took that promise to heart and put it to the test by doing just that. I can still recall sitting in bed late at night, reading the Book of Mormon and feeling the words "This is true," deeply impressed on my mind, as if by an outside force. I came to know that those impressions were from God, and felt similar impressions when I attended church, served my friends & neighbors and prayed. I treated those early impressions as seeds sprouting anew in my soul, and was careful to nurture them by continuing in study, prayer and faith. I also spent time learning about other religions including the Buddhist faith which was shared by many in my father's family. I felt that I obtained much truth and knowledge from it as well, but nothing fed my whole soul like the doctrine of Christ as taught in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have had many confirming experiences with the spirit and have a strong faith that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints teaches the fullness of God's salvationary truths.

How I live my faith

I pray [almost] every day that I can become excellent at fulfilling my responsibilities as a husband, father, student and employee. I served a mission in the Tampa Florida area and loved it. Since coming back in 2006, I have been able to keep sharing my testimony with others through numerous opportunities to teach Sunday School and other classes.