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Hi I'm Andrew H. Johnson

I'm an Air Force "brat," raised in the Mid-West and Colorado. I'm a kid at heart. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a family of five, including both parents, a brother, and a sister. I grew up in Missouri, Nebraska, and Colorado as Dad bounced around from place to place because of his position in the U.S. Air Force. I grew up loving Star Wars, Star Trek, and other Science-Fiction-based shows and films. I was introduced to LEGO at a young age and learned to enhance my design and construction skills to the point where, today, I enjoy planning, designing, and building replicas of famous cathedrals and temples using LEGO bricks as my medium. I enjoy watching movies of all genres and eras, reading historical novels and documentaries, and listening to music of all types: opera, jazz, Big Band, 40-50's, 80's, and film soundtracks. I have a Bachelors Degree in History and a second in Information Technology, and I'm a Manager of Training and Quality for my company in the Denver Metro Area. I'm married to my college sweetheart and have three beautiful and talented children. I love to travel with my family and have fun collecting special spoons with my wife for each new state we visit together. I write novels, music, and technical manuals for businesses. I collect coins and paper currency, and I still enjoy putting together model airplanes when I have the time.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother joined the church when I was very young. She quit smoking the day she prayed to know whether the church was true and received her undeniable answer. It was this example of faith and strength that guided me in my youth to study the teachings of the church and "test them" in my own heart. At a very young age I wanted to know for myself, just as my mother had done. But my father, who had not yet joined the church, would not permit me to get baptized when I turned 8 along with my other friends. He told me it was too much of a commitment to take lightly and do, just because my friends were doing it. He told me I had to wait until I was older and capable of making this decision on my own. I took that as a challenge to do what my mother had. For most of my 8th year of life I attended church, read scriptures, and prayed faithfully. One day I came to the realization that, not only did I want to be baptized in following Jesus's example, but I KNEW it was the right thing to do. I didn't see any angels. I didn't get knocked over at my bed while praying. I didn't see a vision. But in my heart I KNEW that what I had been studying and learning in church was true. I KNEW that being baptized wasn't "just a thing to do along with my classmates" but truly the right thing for me to do at this point in my life. I gathered up some courage and approached my father, just shy of my 9th birthday. "Dad. I have prayed and studied about the Mormon church. And I feel in my heart that it is the right thing to do. I am ready to be baptized." He looked me over, pursed his lips, and sighed. Then he told me that he respected me for the time and effort I had put into finding my own answer, even though he did not believe as I did. I was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints a few days later. That testimony has never failed or left me in the three decades since that special day.

How I live my faith

My special talent is in making others smile and feel better. I try very hard to be cheerful and bring that cheer to others, helping them to find the positive in life. I feel that by doing so I can help others know of their own inherent self-worth as a child of God. I'm not loud and obnoxious about sharing my faith. I try very hard to lead by example and wait for quiet opportunities to share truths that I know will bring cheer and hope to those who struggle with day-to-day challenges of life. My co-workers and neighbors know who I am and have approached me on many occasions to ask for advice on dealing with their problems. I love helping them with ideas on healing broken marriages, raising children, and finding meaning in life. I know that by doing so I am pleasing my Heavenly Father. After all, in "feeding His sheep" in this way, am I not bringing joy to Him as well? I also bring my talents to bear in teaching and leading the Young Men in my local ward throughout the week. It isn't easy helping 17-year-olds to value scripture study at 6am or teaching them to appreciate service over video games. But they are good boys and do what is right when nurtured and guided in the right direction. I help them in Boy Scouting activities, teach them gospel lessons on a weekly basis, and go camping when I'm feeling brave enough to eat their food! I visit them in their homes and help their parents work with them on their personal goals. It is very exhausting work, but I love the way I feel when I am serving them and helping to keep them on the straight and narrow path, spoken of in the scriptures.

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Andrew H. Johnson
Abortion is a medical procedure which removes an unborn child from its mother's womb, resulting in the death of the child. In some cases, as in many other medical procedures where there is a loss of life or limb, this medical procedure is necessary for saving the life or emotional health of the mother, regardless of the terrible loss to the parents in having to do so. As a medical procedure under these circumstances, Heavenly Father condones such a course of action if warranted and authorized by local priesthood authorities, after considering all other options. Where members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints differ in viewpoint from the world's perspective is in the justification and reasoning for performing such a tragic medical procedure. We view abortion as a last course of action to be taken when the life and well-being of the mother are at stake, and for no other reason. The world teaches that abortion is instead an acceptable form of simple birth control when the woman is inconvenienced by an unwanted pregnancy. They would have us pass laws to protect a mother's choice to carry out this abortion at will, when such a decision should never be taken lightly or used for so brutal a reason as "inconvenience." A woman's choice in this matter is not what needs protecting, for Agency is already protected by God under Heavely rules. Rather, it is the consequences of her choices that need to be enforced, for the sake of the child - wanted or not. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Andrew H. Johnson
For some reason many of our fellow Christians feel that because we "Mormons" do not follow the same practices and teachings that they do, we cannot take upon ourselves the name of Christ...as if they have created some exclusive "Christian" club and have the power to accept or deny entry into such fellowship according to their own self-proclaimed rules. The idea is both rude and flawed. A careful examination of our faith and teachings will demonstrate a complete adherance to the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by Him to mankind over the past 6,000 years. Nothing in what we practice is contrary to His teachings, and in many ways it is more in alignment with what He taught than in what is offered by other Christian religions around the world today. For example, the Savior taught that all mankind MUST be baptized by immersion for the remission of sins, and yet we are one of but a handful of religions that teach that baptism is essential to salvation...not just a really great idea for those wishing to go the extra mile in demonstrating their discipleship to the Savior. Further, the Bible is replete with examples of prophets and Apostles being called of God to preach and administer the ordinances of God to mankind, and yet we are the ONLY Christian church that is led in modern times by a living prophet and Apostles, who guide the church and speak for the Lord. In short, Mormons ARE Christians, like any other person who loves and follows Jesus Christ faithfully. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Andrew H. Johnson
You and I would balk at one of our neighbors attempting to ticket our car for being parked incorrectly in their favorite parking space at home. We would be just as upset over a police officer attempting to invade our home without a properly-authorized search warrant. These are mere earthly issues, and yet we would stand faithfully by our principles because we knew that we were in the right. How much more vital are the things of God and the principles upon which our faith are built. Where issues of eternity are involved, we especially cannot afford to be in the wrong. Therefore, it is critical to know that the PROPER power and authority are being utilized when performing certain ordinances and religious activities that affect our eternal direction and standing. The Bible teaches: "No man taketh this honor unto himself, except he that is called of God, as was Aaron." In other words, when it comes to performing ordinances and preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in this mortal world, a person must be called and ordained of God...by the laying on of hands (as was Aaron, the brother of Moses) by one who already has the authority from God. It cannot come from a college diploma, nor from a strong desire to do so, backed by good works. The power and authority to act in God's name must come from God. Any other assumed authority will not produce the desired end result: an ordinance (such as baptism) duly authorized, blessed, and accepted by our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Andrew H. Johnson
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints follow the example of the Savior when He was baptized to obey the commandment of His Father. We are baptized by immersion for a remission of our sins, after repenting and demonstrating a willingness to change and dedicate our lives to becoming more like the Savior. Baptism, like a wedding vow, indicates much more than a simple vocal expression of dedication or loyalty. It is a special ordinance which represents the death and burial of our old lives and a rebirth into the life of a Christian, rededicated to following God's commandments and standing as a witness of Him at all times and in all places. We are "born again" of the water and spirit to show Heavenly Father that we will follow Him and remember the Savior for the rest of our lives and into eternity. We also believe that little children (under the age of eight) do not need baptism because they do not know right from wrong until reaching the "age of accountability." Part of Jesus Christ's Atonement paid for the "original sin" that each of us was born into due to Adam's transgression in the Garden of Eden. Since little children lack the ability to sin, they are guiltless and need no baptism until the age of 8. Should they die before reaching this age, the Atonement of Christ is suffificent to redeem them from the Fall of Adam. They are taken into Paradise without facing the consequences of their innocent earthly mistakes. Show more Show less