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Hi I'm Andrew

I'm a student, a slam poet, a magician, a lifeguard, and a Mormon.

About Me

I play three instruments: the piano, cello, and viola. I love music, and my favorite song is Rhapsody in Blue. I write slam poetry, do close-up magic, swim, lifeguard, and read. I also teach swimming lessons during the Summer. I am an Eagle Scout and like to do service for people. I'm the second oldest of 6 kids. As a LDS missionary in St. Petersburg, Russia, for 2 years, I came to love the Russian language, culture, and people! I'm currently enrolled at BYU.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know and love my Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. Growing up in a Mormon family was a blessing, because the gospel strengthen and unified my siblings and my parents. I've never had any doubts as to the truthfulness of the teachings of Christ or the Church. However, I wasn't ever completely sure that this is what I wanted. When I grew up somewhat, I read the Book of Mormon and the Bible on my own and noticed a substantial improvement in my life. I felt answers to difficult questions I had and peace when things went awry in life. This strengthened my resolve to follow the Savior, but it didn't finish until one day on my mission in Russia I was studying about the Atonement. Prompted by the Spirit of God, I decided to write a list of everything I'd ever done – both the good and the bad. It took me several months, but eventually the majority of events from my life, from my biggest failures to greatest achievements, were written on sheets of paper. I then prayed for Jesus to take the failures and sins from me, and to change my heart so that I would become more like Him. He did. His answer came in the form of great peace that filled me and prevails within me to this very day. I know the Atonement can wash anyone clean and transform them into a more Christ-like individual. I have experienced His love for myself. It is true. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My faith drives me to love and serve everyone I come in contact with. I know I won't see many of them again, so I hope I can brighten their lives in some small way. In my local church branch, I've been a substitute teacher for 6-year old children and now assist in coordinating service projects and activities for the young adults in the branch. I also am assigned 4 people in the branch to care for and serve. My companion, Travis, and I have become friends with these people, so it no longer feels like an assignment. They brighten our lives as well!