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Hi I'm Andrea

I was born and raised in Hawaii. I'm half Finnish and I spend my summers in my family's Finnish cabin. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm twenty two years old, a college student and currently preparing to serve an LDS mission in Helsinki, Finland! I love doing a lot of physical activities, like swimming, hiking, kayaking, fishing, skiing, ice skating, biking, atving - basically anything that involves the outdoors I'm bound to love. I blame this on my parents: since before I can even remember, my family has traveled. Every summer we would go camping for weeks at a time, where we would spend hours and hours hiking, swimming, fishing and spending time together. It was a great time honestly. Other than the outdoors, I also love to read and write - I've written a lot of creative stories in my free time and I've found I can really express myself through the written word. There's just something about forming ideas and bringing characters to life with narrative and descriptions. I just love it so much. But I gotta say, I probably love Finland the most. It's my dad's home country and after spending months there each summer at our family cabin, it's really become a second home to me too. Finland is my passion really. I love spending my summers there. It's so peaceful and a great place to get away from life in general. There, I can go blueberry picking, fishing, swimming, experience the sauna, visit family.... it's honestly the best way I could spend my summers.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I believe in the gospel of the LDS church. I've always been a part of this church - I was born and raised learning the teachings of the gospel. I was surrounded by good members of the church all my life and I grew up loving everything about this church. I still love this church. Ever since I was old enough to really understand this gospel, I've had so many personal manifestations that this church is true. I've read the Book of Mormon many times and each time I follow Mormon's invitation to pray and ask if it is true.... and each and every time I get a strong affirmation that it is. It's a personal decision, one that I have never denied or doubted. Never, because I have felt the influence of His Spirit in my life. I feel it everyday and I love the peace, joy and happiness that it brings to me. I know what it feels like to have His Spirit diminished in my life and I can say that it is Such a huge difference and I know now that I always want to have His presence with me. I feel His love daily, every time I pray or read the Book of Mormon or go to church. I feel Him so strongly so I know that this is His true church. I know it and this is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I've had a lot of opportunities to serve others and strengthen my faith along the way. I've probably been a part of five different wards and have had a number of different callings in each of them. I was a ward photographer one year. It was a lot of fun, taking pictures of each and every activity the ward put on. I was able to record memories and people, and even though it was a small service, everyone appreciated the work I did in the end. We had a slideshow at the end of the year and it was so great, remembering all the good times, the great friends we had made. Another year, I participated in an activities committee, where we exchanged ideas and made plans for the ward's activities. I loved being a part of this process. It was so satisfying coming up with ideas that would make people happy and healthy. Probably the most stressful calling I had was Family Home Evening group leader. Each Monday night, I was in charge of a small group of people. I needed to plan the night with an uplifting thought and a fun, entertaining activity. It was stressful mostly because it's hard to come up with fun things to do that everyone wants to do! I've also helped out in a Temporal Awareness Committee, where we kept people aware of things like 72 hour kits and emergency preparedness. And most recently, I was called as a Visiting Teaching District Supervisor. I had to keep track of a group of girls and encourage them to visit the girls they were assigned to. I also recorded who did and who didn't get visited. I also love to serve others. I try to do my best to help others in my ward - cleaning up after activities or helping someone with their calling are two things I find a lot of pleasure in.