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Hi I'm Andrew

I work. I run. I play. I keep life simple. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Running; skiing; tennis; hiking; camping--I don't care what the activity is, I'm always willing to try. That's never a guarantee that I'm any good at what I'm trying; nine out of ten times, I biff it if I'm trying it for the first time. But I never take myself very seriously! Life's too short to be worried about being the master of everything, but it's long enough to become the master of a few things. Since coming out to college, I've felt like I've been at an all-you-can-eat buffet, putting as much of one thing or another on my plate as I want. Classic roller skating Friday night? Sure! Skiing for the first time with my veteran skiier friends? Let's hit it. Sign up for a tennis class? I'm down. I've found those things that I want to master, and I've got a lifetime to do it. That's not to say I had nothing going for myself before college. Running has been my life's constant. It will always be my constant. It kills my stress, works my body, and orders my thoughts. It connects me to my surrounding that I wouldn't have in any other way. I can't describe the feeling. Other runners will agree, though--there is no better way to move.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it is true. It brings me so much peace, joy, and happiness for so many reasons. One is that our Heavenly Father's plan never meant for us to be separated from those that we love the most--"Till death do you part" is not in His vocabulary. We believe that marriage and family last through this life and the next and through the eternities. Is there any good reason why they should not? Why should death have the victory? The answer is that it does not, and the reason this is so is because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Because Christ loves us, and loves His Father, He sacrificed himself so we can live with our families again. We can be clean of the mistakes that we've made. We can change. I know this is true because I have felt the Spirit testify of its truthfulness. This is why I am so happy. I have such joy in this gospel, and this is why I am going to share it with the people of Thailand on my mission--because it is true.

How I live my faith

One of my jobs in the church is called the executive secretary. It's where I help the bishop, our congregation's ecclesiastical leader (similar to a pastor), keep track of his schedule and make sure he's at all of his meetings. There are always lots of people who want to meet with him, so I schedule those interviews and keep things running smoothly. It keeps me busy, but I get to help and serve the people in my congregation in a big way. Another way I live my faith is simply by serving. It doesn't always have to be big organized service. Small acts of service, I have found, uplift people and help people more than anything. Mostly, it just lets them know that you care. In my job in my congregation, I spend a lot of time talking to people and helping them find times to meet with the bishop. The time spent talking with and learning about these people all counts as time spent serving, bit by bit. If you take the time to help out in small ways, those big service projects come to mean so much more.