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Hi I'm Andrew

I am an autodidact. I consider myself a Classical Liberal. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, I am 18. I'm the oldest of 8 children. While I have gone to school, I am also an autodidact (a self-taught person) who loves to pour over antiquated classics, stately treaties, and philosophic inquiries. I am currently reading "The Brothers Karamazov" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Through my studies Iv'e decided to classify myself under my own political identification: A "Classical Liberal Mormon Theocrat." I know that description is very unorthodox in modern politics, but I felt that the existing political parties did not represent my vision of an ideal government. My experience shows me that the Classical Liberals of the eighteenth century (such as John Adams) had developed a political system unrivaled before or now. Furthermore, I'm also a Mormon Theocrat, which doesn't mean that I believe that Church and State should be united, but rather, I wish to express my belief that the only pure government is a government of God. I'm also part-owner in a small business which handles internet sells. I like to rock in a band with my brother and dad. I enjoy playing strategy games. I like to garden. I snowboard (somewhat). I love Football.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family which as you can imagine, means that I was a Mormon from a very early age (birth maybe?) But as I became a teenager, I realized that being a Mormon wasn't just a given and I realized that I had to decide for myself whether the church is true or not. I therefore decided to make my petition to God to find out the validity of my religion. I found a hill that was in the back of the property that my family was renting at the time which was blanketed in scrub oak and offered up a fervent prayer to heaven. To be honest, I was expecting that once I said my prayer that I would be shown some marvelous manifestation of God's presence, but such was not the case for me. Instead I felt a silent confirmation in my heart that the Church is true. My story however doesn't end with that: While I was convinced that my religion was true, I had no way to logically express to someone else how I knew beyond the flimsy anecdotal evidence that I had. I feel that I would still be in the same position if in were not for the hand of God in my life, for, not two weeks later, I was mysteriously acquainted with John Locke's "Two Treatises on Government" which launched me on my own academic crusade to learn as much of everything I could. From there I've read voraciously from such authors as Mises, Gibbon, Kant, Josephus, Tacitus, and Plato among many others. Although these authors wrote secularly for the most part, I found great oceans of truth that built upon that simple confirmation that I had received in the woods. I can now say that my faith is sure, and that the Church is absolutely true and that Jesus Christ guides it personally.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending my church every Sunday and by keeping to my standards throughout the rest of the week. I also live my faith in m home by regular prayer and scripture study. Later this year, I look forward to serving a mission in New York.