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Hi I'm Andrew

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the happy husband of a most excellent wife who kindly laughs at my jokes even when they aren't that funny...well, usually laughs. I am also a proud father of a handsome boy with hopefully more children to come in the future. You could describe me as a guy who has a thing for reading books on history, novels by Charles Dickens, and the poetry of Robert Frost. In my opinion, colorful autumn leaves are just about the best sight ever, but I'll take nature in almost all its forms. I have an Associates Degree from an fantastic local institution and enjoy telling people part of my current work involves cleaning elevators. I like watching sports in moderation, listening to classical music in abundance, and basking in the joy of good company. 

Why I am a Mormon

I believe in the words of Jesus who said "I am the way, the truth, and the life." Through the Savior I have found forgiveness for my sins and weaknesses as well as guidance, peace, and an enduring sense of contentment. And it is through Christ's church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that I have found access to these blessings.

How I live my faith

One way I try to live my faith is through service. And as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I have been blessed with numerous formal and informal opportunities to follow the Savior's teaching to love and serve my neighbor. Mormons often refer to formal invitations to serve within our church as being "called" to serve. For instance, in years past I was "called" to teach a weekly Sunday School class where I had the wonderful privilege of teaching from the scriptures, including the Bible and The Book of Mormon. These formal opportunities for service generally last for a few years. Currently I have been called to assist and counsel with the leader of our local congregation (we refer to him as our Bishop) as he serves the spiritual and temporal needs of the people in our congregation and neighborhood. More informally, I have participated with other members of my church in various acts of service such as collecting food for the local food bank, visiting the sick, raking leaves, shoveling snow, making sandwiches for the homeless, and picking up trash around the neighborhood. Our service to others is motivated by a truth taught by an ancient prophet of God who said, "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God."

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

At church most men dress in white shirts, ties, and if the weather allows, a suit coat. The women wear dresses or modest skirts. And the children wear similar clothing. Another Mormon custom is twice a year we have what we call General Conference. This is a meeting of the whole church where we listen to inspiring messages from Church leaders. We watch the proceedings of General Conference either in person in Salt Lake City, on television, the internet, or via satellite in a local meetinghouse. As for holidays, in my hometown in the western United States we celebrate most of the traditional holidays. I enjoy carving pumpkins for Halloween, getting together with family on Thanksgiving, and decorating the tree at Christmas. And I hope that everyone feels free to send me chocolate for Valentines. In everything, we try to keep our holiday celebrations in conformity with Christ's standards. And like people of other Christian faiths, at Easter and Christmas we try to make special effort to remember the Savior.   Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

I think the simplest answer is that the Mormon lifestyle is built upon the teachings of Jesus Christ. We try to be honest, kind, hard-working, and service-oriented. We attend church services every Sunday and read the scriptures daily. But we are not all the same. We like and do different things. One of my brothers is great with computers and another works well with cars, but don't ask me to help with either unless you like explosions. My wife played soccer while I watched soccer. But whatever our personal interests, we seek to learn Christ's teachings and adjust our lives accordingly. It is through Jesus that we find true joy in all that we do.  Show more Show less