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Hi I'm Andrew!

I'm an adventurer. I'm a learner. I've been called to serve a mission in the "Frozen North" of Hokkaido, Japan.

About Me

Once upon a time I was born; and since then a great mess of things have happened. So many things, in fact, that I found I couldn't quite count them all. So let's stick to the important ones for now: I love cool sheets, marmalade, and stepping in, mind you not splashing, puddles. Now that that's out of the way, there are a couple other things that come to mind. I love and study the arts, really all of them; I don't usually "do" them but that's because I'm not actually any good. So I stick to things I can manage mostly; I was in university, studying computational neuroscience, before going on a mission and will pick that back up when I return home. But that's hardly interesting.

Why I am a Mormon

There are two very different answers to this. I could say that I'm a Mormon because I was born to Mormon parents, I was baptised when I was 8, I went to church most weeks, and so on. But that's not why. I wasn't REALLY a Mormon through all of that. I'm a Mormon because I have experienced the indescribable joy that came from a conversion long after I had officially joined the church. Now I'm a Mormon not because it is simply what I was raised into, but because I've come to know it for myself, undeniably, with certainty. Now I'm a Mormon not because of my past but because of my future.

How I live my faith

I used to, or rather at the times I used to, live this religion as just that, a religion. A sort of special Sunday thing, learn about it in a special class at school, say some special words before family dinner, that sort of thing. I found, though, that wasn't what religion was intended to be but merely a ceremony. The real religion is a way of life, something you live every day, every moment, and that lives through you. That's the only way to really understand it. Right now I live it as a missionary, in the future I'll live it as a student, then a husband (hopefully), a father, and in whatever other place I happen to be.