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Hi I'm Drew

I'm a student at Brigham Young University, I'm from New Hampshire, and I'm a missionary in Seoul, Korea. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a missionary for the Church serving in Seoul, South Korea. I am also a college student at BYU studying International Relations. I love learning about the relationships between people and countries all over the world, and I hope to work internationally most of my life. I'm learning French and Arabic, and, since getting my mission call to South Korea, Korean, too. I'm from a small town in New Hampshire. I love to play the piano and hope to start an amateur jazz band. I love nature; I guess you could call me an environmentalist. I see God's hand in all the beautiful creations around me, and nothing gets me happier than a beautiful day or a brilliant sunset. Other than that, I love to read (my favorite book is "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau), to swim, and to learn new things, especially if they have to do with politics and culture. Nothing uplifts and fulfills me more than learning about the world around me, and I strive every day to use that knowledge to make the world a better place, in whatever small way I can.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both converts to the gospel, but I was raised as a member of the church. Growing up, I never felt that anything I was taught was wrong, but it wasn't until a few years ago that I fully decided to commit myself to Christ and to His church. Even as a kid I've always tried to do what's right, and I'm grateful that my parents raised me with such a desire to do good. My conversion story isn't a one-time miraculous thing that happened to me. I came to know deep down that what I had been doing all along was right. I've had moments where things have come to me quickly, and there have been times where I have struggled to decide if any part of the church was true at all. My testimony has come through actually living the gospel. I know that the church is true because of the way I feel when I live it. In the Book of Mormon, a prophet named Alma taught us to "experiment upon my words," and let our desire for faith "work in you, even until ye believe" (Alma 32:27). I have always wanted to have a testimony of the church, so I lived the way I was taught to. When I lived that way- following the commandments, loving others, searching the scriptures- I always felt peace and happiness. I still do. The spirit has strongly testified to me of specific aspects of this gospel on many occasions, but overall I know the truth of this church because I can feel, deep within myself, that what I'm doing is right. So why am I a Mormon? Because I have learned that God is real. I have learned that Christ lives. I have read the Book of Mormon and know it is true, so I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet. Being a Mormon lets me live in harmony with this knowledge, and brings my happiness and joy beyond this life. Being a Mormon isn't easy, but if it was easy it wouldn't be worth it. I invite everybody to read the Book of Mormon and pray to know if it is true, because then you can feel the same happiness that I've felt, the happiness that can only come from God's love.

How I live my faith

Before leaving for my mission, I was a primary teacher and the primary pianist. "Primary" is where the elementary school-aged kids go for Sunday School in an LDS congregation. I learned to see some of the children in my ward (or congregation) with the loving eyes of our Father in Heaven, and I could see why He loves them so much. Children have special spirits and are greatly loved by Heavenly Father, and I'm so grateful I got the chance to work with them, teach them some more about this great Gospel, and see their testimonies grow. I helped teach about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, following the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and heeding the counsel of our Prophets and Apostles. I testified to them that miracles can happen through faith in Christ. I know that is true. As a missionary, I work every day to share the good news of the Gospel of Christ with the world. That world is centered in Seoul for two years, but before and after my mission I have and will continue to try to spread the Gospel wherever I am. Sharing the Gospel is the best kind of service I can give, knowing the immeasurable joy and peace that comes from being a member of Christ's Church.