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Hi I'm Andrew

I'm a singer. I love my family. I'm 19. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to sing. I went to Southern Virginia University for a year and joined an a Capella group called "The Fading Point". I'm currently serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I really love baseball as a sport and activity. Also I enjoy playing cage soccer even if I am no good at it. I really love talking to people. I really try to listen to other people and help them if there is any case not just because I am a missionary but because that's who I am. I really love getting to know people and seeing what they like to do as well.

Why I am a Mormon

During my first semester at college, I told myself and others that I wasn't going to go on a mission. When I told people this, they looked at me funny and said why. I told them it was my choice. Some people even got upset and I lost a couple of friends. All of the sudden, it felt like I was being judged for my choice. I started getting really upset and just stopped going to church for a while. Then one day, something I will never forget happened. I was in one of my classes with the youth during a Fading Point trip talking about missionary work. One of the Youth asked, are you going on a mission? I felt terrible. I felt like my stomach was going to fall out because I felt so sick. I told that youth "I haven't decided yet." He then said, "Heavenly Father wants you to serve a mission." After he had said that, I thought for about 5 minutes after he left. I thought what if I'm not good enough? What if I don't bring anyone into the gospel? What if it's not for me? Then I got down on my knees and I offered a prayer to Heavenly Father. I asked if a mission was in my future and immediately after the prayer, The spirit testified to me personally that I should go on a mission. I was so overwhelmed with the Spirit I broke into tears. One of my friends from the group came in and asked if I was okay and I said absolutely. Another experience comes from my mother. She was diagnosed with cancer when I was only in about 7th grade. The most difficult time in my life happened during 7th grade. I just moved into a bigger school from a small country school. I was in that gawky stage of pre teen. Then I get home and find out the news that my mom has cancer. I was so upset I went into my room and just bawled the whole night. Finally, I just asked Heavenly Father to please help her to get better and to make sure she lives to see her grandchildren and to see me get married in the temple. Over the last couple of years, she has gotten better. It has strengthened my testimony of prayer.

How I live my faith

When I was in college at SVU, I joined the a Capella group because it was also a like a traveling teaching unit. We traveled across the United States to teach youth about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and then put on a concert for them. Also as a missionary currently, I live my faith by teaching not just youth but adults as well. I also help those in need by doing service in whatever capacity I can help with. I also speak Spanish to help even more people discover the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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

Andrew
Oh absolutely! Just because we have the Book of Mormon doesn't mean we disregard the Bible. Both are the words from God. They are similar because both refer to Christ as our Savior and God as our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Andrew
Well, we first give 10% of our income because it is a commandment. Obedience brings blessings. A common misconception is that our leaders are paid by the Church using our tithing funds. Our leaders are "volunteers" if you will. They are volunteers because it is a calling in the Church. None of the tithing money pays them. Usually all the leaders have jobs outside of the Church. Tithing is used to pay for our temples, for church buildings and for activities in our local areas. Show more Show less