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Hi I'm Andrew VanDomelen

I grew up in Oregon. I love hiking, exploring, and looking at mountains from other mountains. I call myself a runner. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I consider myself an "outdoorsy" type person. I hike with my dad whenever I can, I run all around town, and I love photography. I enjoy taking pictures of other people, natural beauties, and some more obscure subjects, those things that no one has a thought to take a picture of, but what I find to beautiful in it's own way. Usually when I'm doing something, be it camping or wasting time online, I prefer to have music playing. Northwest bands have a special place sound to them; there a favorite. Mellow alt. rock also holds a place in my heart. Even some classical now and again can be refreshing. I suppose it all depends on what I'm doing. Like I mentioned, I enjoy hiking, camping, (etc.), but I also really enjoy snowboarding and filming others. There's a certain tranquility characteristic of the sport and being in the snow in general. In the winter time, you can find me on the slopes with friends; in the summer, running the streets or pursuing a new adventure in the mountains.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a Mormon my whole life. My parents at different times converted and, as consequence, raised me in the church. While I myself didn't convert, there has been numerous times when the Gospel has been made clearer to me or the Lord has "made bare his holy arm" in my sight. At each of these times I've felt as though I'd been converted, brought to know the light of salvation. Each time, my testimony has been strengthened. All things, however good or bad they may have appeared, have brought me to this point, where I stand today, and I can say without a doubt in my heart that I've grown stronger because of them. The LDS church didn't do this solely as an organization, but as the "old ship Zion," the vessel of the fullness of the gospel among men. It is my testimony that adherence to this gospel, God's plan for his children, is the only way to salvation. Faith, repentance, baptism, and enduring to the end are the stepping stones. I know my Redeemer rose and lives to this day. I know that this life is time to prepare to meet God again, to be able to dwell in His presence. Lastly, although they are not perfect, I know the leaders of this church act as spokesmen of our Heavenly Father. Man's infallibility does not render him unfit for instruction. God is no respecter of persons; He speaks to all His children equally, it is up to us to hear Him.

How I live my faith

Like most other Mormons, I attend church each Sunday to renew the covenants I've made with God and to interact with others, to either teach or be taught. As one of the leaders among the group of men in my branch, I interact with and befriend all that I can, not because I'm told to, but because I know that it is in doing so, the happiness of all may flourish. Activities beyond the Sabbath, coordinated by the branch abound and I'm sure to be there. The fun had there, the service rendered, and the spirit felt is priceless. Each moment I spend with others in the church is a moment spent strengthening the faith of all and, consequently, the familial bonds that prevail in the LDS church. Although every action of mine doesn't always lead me and others towards Christ, I certainly try. What better way of strengthening faith than trying?