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Hi I'm Andrew

I grew up in Utah. I`m a missionary of Jesus Christ among the people Japan. I`m a Mormon.

About Me

I am 21 years old. I grew up in Utah and graduated high school with academic honors. I worked in a local smoothie shop while studying in high school. In school I was involved with the band and I play the French Horn. I was also a member of my schools marching band each year in the Fall. Among my other favorite hobbies are watching and playing soccer, mountain biking, and spending time with my family and friends. After high school I attended my first year of college as a member of the school`s wind symphony and service club because I love music and I love serving others. When I finished my freshman year of college I decided to serve a full-time mission for the church. I have been studying Japanese for over one year as I have lived here, served, and taught the people of Japan. Serving is one of the best ways I have been able to learn more about Jesus Christ and to share his deep and abiding love for each one of us.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents raised me and my siblings to be members of the church and to be fully active. However, when I was about 14 years old I began to have doubts if this was something I really wanted to do with my life. I had never seen God, nor Jesus Christ. I had heard plenty of people share their stories of feeling confirmations through the Holy Spirit but had failed to recognize that in my own life. I have always wanted to serve others, but I didn`t know if I wanted to do that as a part of this church, some other organization, or simply on my own. I was attending a youth activity the summer after my 8th grade year in Jr. High. The director of the ``Especially For Youth`` program invited each of us to write a question down on a 3x5 note card and study and pray throughout the week in order to find our answer. I followed this counsel and wrote down my question(s): Was Joseph Smith truly a prophet of God and is the Book of Mormon true? Throughout the week I tried to exercise my faith by studying and praying with all my heart to know whether Joseph Smith had seen God the Father and Jesus Christ and whether or not the Book of Mormon is true scripture from God. By the end of the week I had, in fact, felt the answer to my prayer. As in Moroni 10:4-5 I had felt through the power of the Holy Spirit that these things were true. I still didn`t know the answer to all the questions I had but I knew deep down that God loves me and He has a plan for me. He did restore the true gospel of Jesus Christ through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that the Book of Mormon is truly the word of God and is an account of His dealings with an ancient people on the American continent. Following this testimony throughout my life has brought me more joy than I have ever expected. Knowing my purpose in life gives me a passion to serve others and to share this joy with everyone I can.

How I live my faith

As a young man I participated in the church`s youth programs and held positions of leadership among the youth in my area. As a leader I learned to help and serve others and to lead as Christ did. Just as Christ came not to be ministered unto, but to minister unto others, I have tried my best to help and serve others. In college I was a part of the school`s service club where I participated in various fundraisers and service projects. I was also a part of the group that specifically helped with students studying from abroad as well as helping those with physical or mental disabilities. As a part of the student ward in my college area I was a group leader for ``Family Home Evening`` every Monday night. We would gather with a group of nearly 20 students and study scriptures and words of the prophets as well as play games and spend time together as friends. When I finished my freshman year of college I decided to take a break from school and spend two years as a full time volunteer missionary for the church. I am currently assigned to labor in the Japan Sendai Mission where I have been for about one year. As a missionary in Japan I have learned to speak Japanese to help serve and connect with the wonderful people here. I have been able to be a part of many small service projects as well as teach others and spread the good news of Jesus Christ and the miracle of His life and teachings.