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Hi I'm Andrew

I grew up in Olympia. I'm a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My dad is a pilot, so I've grown up travelling. I have visited 15 states, mostly on the west coast, and 8 countries. I love music, and I played in band for school on the saxophone for 6 years, and my freshman year of high school, I visited Poland for a field trip and concert. I played the piano for several years, but foolishly gave it up to play baseball instead. I was on my high school swim team for four years, and I just graduated. I have worked for two years as a lifeguard and as a swimming instructor, and I love the job. I love kids. I also did Running Start, which is the option to attend community college while in high school and earn credit for it. I love math and science. I am about to leave for a full-time, two year mission for the LDS church. I am speaking Spanish in the Texas, Lubbock mission. When I return, I will attend a four-year university in Utah (not BYU) and pursue a degree and career in chemical engineering.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I want to be, not because anyone else forced me to. Growing up as a Mormon often appears to the outside like being brainwashed, but, in fact, it is just the opposite. Growing up in the Church makes it easy to just go through the motions until you are numb to any of the doctrine. I was numb to it as well. It did not seem like it was that important. I never doubted that there was a God, but I ignored Him and his teachings. Eventually, I decided that I did not want to live the way that I was. I was living a double life, where I did not actually live the principles that I claimed to have. So, I prayed. And I prayed a lot. I got a confirmation that God was there, that He loved me, and that I could change. So I started changing. It took me six years to finally break my addiction, and I am so much better for it. I believe in God. He has done so much for me, I would be lying if I said He did not live. Jesus Christ lived, and was the son of God. Through his actions, I have been able to purify my life and live in happiness rather than regret. I have a testimony that the Book of Mormon contains God's word, as does the Bible. Both books contain vital information to help a person come closer to God, if one applies what they read. Because of the power in the Book of Mormon, and my personal confirmation that it is, in fact, scripture, I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet, chosen by God. And I believe that the current prophet, Thomas S. Monson is a prophet who communicates with the resurrected Christ, who's name is born in the title of the LDS church. I love my Savior and my Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

I have been a youth leader for almost the entirety of my teenage years. That means that I was responsible for the organization and execution of several youth activities and lessons. In my ward, or congregation, I was one of the only young men who could drive, so it was often my responsibility to visit sick or elderly members who were homebound and could not attend our meetings every week. I have been a home teacher, and visited both active and inactive members to help their families in any way I could. As a Mormon, I have done so many countless hours of service. Serving others is one way I stay happy and fulfilled. I also have been a leader for a church-sponsored summer camp, called Camp Helaman. This camp is, and has been, absolutely amazing. As a leader, have had the opportunity to see many teenage boys grown into men, as they find out for themselves whether what they have been taught in the church is true, or even if there is a God at all. I also love to talk to people about what they believe. It is fascinating to me to hear of any and every opinion on religion and the experiences people have had with their God, even if they don't believe He exists at all.