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Hi I'm Andy

I'm a golfer, I'm a medical student, I'm a husband, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Andy. My mom is from Hong Kong, and my dad is from Central California. I was born in California, and moved all over the United States because of my dad's job. I have lived in California, Idaho, Alabama, Utah and Oregon. Although leaving old friends and making new ones every few years was difficult, I always knew that I would have my best friends, my family, with me. Growing up my parents gave me plenty of opportunity to develop myself. I began taking piano lessons at age 3, and would later learn the trombone and guitar. I am a huge sports fan which stems from the sports I played as a youngster. I loved playing baseball, basketball, and had the opportunity to do gymnastics for a number of years. However, I developed a passion for the links after my dad took me golfing. There's nothing better than playing a round of golf with my pops in the early morning on the weekends. I eventually went to college, got a bachelor's of science in Psychology, and was fortunate enough to get into medical school. Somehow, in between all the studying, I was able to meet a beautiful young woman named Daisy, who let me take her on a date. We eventually got married, and are currently expecting a baby boy in May!! We can’t wait to meet him!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents not only came from different parts of the world, but from very different life situations. If you go back far enough on my dad's side, you will find one of the first members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My mom on the other hand was the first of her family to join, after meeting the missionaries in Hong Kong. My parents met at college, and shortly after I became a part of their lives. Since I was born, my parents were teaching me about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I attended church with them and my sister, and enjoyed the activities, the opportunities to serve, and the friendships that I made with those I attended church with. As I grew older I continued to follow the habits that I had made as a youth, without thinking much of it. However, in the Church, all young men are asked to volunteer 2 years of their time to serve as a missionary, in some location in the world. The missionaries pay their own way, they set aside school, dating, friends, movies, leave home to teach others about Jesus Christ. As I grew near to my 19th birthday, I began to realize that if I continued on the path I was on, I would find myself on a mission. I decided that I had better figure out if the church was true; and if I would continue on that path. I started with the basics, what every missionary asks everyone they meet to do; read the Book of Mormon, ponder the teachings, and pray and ask God if it is true. I read it, thought about what I was reading, and prayed to God, asking the simple question: "Is the Book of Mormon true?" In response to the simple question, I felt peace and was reminded of all the blessings that had come into my life because I had kept the standards that I had been taught. The answer God gave me was simple, yet life changing. With an answer from God that the Book of Mormon is true, I knew that the man who translated it and brought it forth, Joseph Smith, was a prophet chosen by God. I also knew that the Church that Joseph Smith restored was the true Church of Jesus Christ. I also knew the standards I must continue keep. The answer I received to that simple prayer is the reason why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there is no paid clergy. Therefore, the lay members are asked to serve and carry forth the all the responsibilities to make the church run on a weekly basis, throughout all the world. All members get the opportunity to fulfill different responsibilities. I have served as a full-time missionary in Hong Kong, representing the church, finding people to teach about Jesus Christ. I have also served as a choir pianist, a teacher of our weekly Sunday school, an organizer of a weekly youth group activity, among other things. Other jobs that members are asked to do is to organize a nursery for the infants of the other members, organize multiple classes for the various ages of the other youth, find service opportunities for the members in the area, organize sporting leagues for the youth... and the list goes on. The roles that we are given are not self-appointed. We believe that God is actively leading the affairs of His church through revelation. Therefore, often times the roles we are asked to fulfill are not ones that we feel competent in; we are often stretched beyond ourselves. But we know that because God chose us, He will help us to fulfill those responsibilities.