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Hi I'm Drew

I grew up in North Ogden, Utah as a non-Mormon, work in the insurance industry and married with 3 kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for 15 years and am a father of 2 boys and a girl. I enjoy watching college football and both NBA and college basketball. I have coached one of my boys in both basketball and football and loved it. I enjoy woodworking but don't often find enough time to do it as it takes more than 40 hours of work to support a family now-a-days. I work in the insurance industry in sales and marketing, but not the one that requires me to ask all of my friends and family to come over to their house to "practice" my sales pitch. I joined the LDS church after finding that I was missing something that I saw in other people. I even served a two year mission for the church just over a year after joining it which continues to pay dividends as I raise my family and serve in the church.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in Utah as a non-Mormon and was one of a few in my neighborhood. I did not feel excluded from anything as a non-Mormon but some of my family members don't feel the same. Sundays were always boring as a kid, except when I was doing yard work or chores around our house, as my friends all attended church and mostly hung out with their families on that day. I attended a few church meetings with a friend when I was in high school and I was asked to clean up my language a few times while playing basketball but no one ever tried to "convert" me or "preach" to me. After attending college for a year and a half I began to see that some of my old high school friends had something I didn't. I really didn't know what that something was, but they had a quiet strength that I was unfamiliar with. I had a friend at work ask me about my age and when I was going to serve a mission for the church. I told him if I were a member of his church maybe I would serve a mission. After turning down his offer to talk to the missionaries a few times, I was humbled and finally wanted to know about the strength I saw in my friends who were now serving missions. I spoke to the missionaries. They told me that I could find out for myself if what they were telling me about God, Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith, The Book of Mormon was true if I studied and prayed about it. I didn't grow up in a religious home and never prayed and didn't understand the promptings of the Spirit. I expected a grandiose experience with the Spirit testifying of what was being shared. When a missionary shared 1 Kings 19:11-12 I realized that I should've been listening for a still small voice and not a grand visitation. Immediately I was reminded by the Spirit (see John 14:26) that I had felt something testifying of the truthfulness of what the missionaries were sharing with me. It took 6 weeks of daily prayer and study and attending church to figure out I had felt the Spirit. My life changed. I was baptized.

How I live my faith

I have had the opportunity to help my local congregation in many ways. Currently, on Sunday's I help a group of young men that are 12-13 years old. I am an advisor as the young men lead the group and I give them suggestions along the way. During the week I also help out with the same group of young men as they work on merit badges for the Boy Scouts of America. This generation is amazing and are smarter than I ever was at that age.