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Hi I'm Andrew

I grew up in the heart of Southern California, but I go to college in Utah, and play the trombone. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California, among loving, Mormon parents and my three siblings. Though I enjoy the beach, I'm no surfer. I have a great passion for cars and hope to some day turn that passion into a career. I love superheroes and the comic book universes they inhabit, and I like to draw, play video games, and listen to music, and even scuba dive when I have the opportunity. I've played in band since fourth grade, and currently play the trombone in my college marching band and symphonies. I'm trying to learn piano as well. Soon I will serve my mission in Brazil.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised as a member of this Church, so it can be difficult to point to one moment in my life my "conversion". But I do know that the Church's influence has been wonderful and provided many blessings for my family and I. The Church places a strong emphasis on the importance of family and because of that I am a member of a strong and loving family. Our prophets and leaders always provide counsel from God that my parents adhere to, and by obeying their words and living moderate lives, we have enjoyed relative stability and happiness. Sometimes I ask myself why I personally choose to stay a member of the Church, but I know why. The Church makes people happy. I feel the Spirit in my life when I live by the teachings of the Church. Not only is Christ's gospel beautiful and priceless knowledge to have in this life, but the organization and structure of the Church simply makes sense to me. I was raised a Mormon, so of course I believe the Church is true, but if nothing else, I testify that this is the Christ's true Church, and that it can help make all members and nonmembers happy.

How I live my faith

When I was attending college in Utah, I served as a teacher for a group of other young men my age. I would prepare hour long lessons with another person my age, and we would work together to bring new insights and understanding of our faith to ourselves and those we were teaching. Now, I serve as a ward missionary, giving me the opportunity to collaborate and learn from the full-time missionaries serving in my congregation before I leave on my mission in a few months. I do my best to live the way I know God would want me to, obeying all His commandments. That includes not only biblical commandments, but the additional commandments He has given us through his prophets through modern day revelation in these latter days. I pray everyday to God, giving thanks and asking for His blessings. I read the Book of Mormon and attend church every week to bring myself closer to Him and understand and appreciate His gospel.