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Hi I'm Andy

I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--a Mormon!

About Me

I was born in Utah and grew up in Montana and Washington state. I am the youngest of eight children. My parents were farmers in Utah and Montana but decided to cut and hauled pulp wood in Washington. There my father died in a logging accident when I was five. My mother eventually remarried and I found myself once again living on a farm, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I attended Brigham Young University where I majored in physics. I served a two-year mission for the Church in France. Upon graduating from college, I joined the Navy, married, and started teaching in the Naval Nuclear Power School. We lived in California and then in Florida, where I completed a masters degree in energy systems. Here we also began our family with the birth of our first child. After finishing my tour of duty in the Navy, I accepted a position in upstate NY as a research scientist in advanced energy systems with GE. This employment has brought me many interesting experiences and eventually lead me to obtain a doctorate in information systems from RPI. Not too long after moving to upstate NY, my wife and I bought a 90-acre farm. This gave us an opportunity to work together and with our children. Our children are now grown but my wife and I still enjoy working the farm together. I've been active in the Church through out my life and have served in many capacities. I've especially enjoyed managing a welfare farm and working with young men as a scout leader. We are fortunate to have one of our children living nearby with her family and now have an opportunity to see grandchildren growing up. Besides hiking and camping, I enjoy bicycling and have a goal to cycle at least 1,000 miles each summer to and from work.

Why I am a Mormon

My great grandparents were Mormon pioneers. My parents were both church members but when I was young my father was not active and there was no church organization where we lived. When my older brother finished high school and joined the Navy, he became an active church member and sent me a copy of the Book of Mormon. In reading this book over the next several years I had spiritual experiences that convinced me not only that the book was from God but also that He knew me and loved me. I have been an active member of the church ever since and in each phase of my life that has served me well. The church, the scriptures, and the living prophets have taught me how to be a better husband and father and a better member of society. Mostly I'm a Mormon because I know the teachings are true!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing my best to keep the commandments and teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I seek to be open and honest in my interactions with people at work and in my community. I fill callings in the church to teach and to help others. Right now I work with 11-year-old boys in scouting, taking them from new Boy Scouts to First Class.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

The Church does not endorse political parties. The Church does encourages all members to be responsible citizens. In countries where citizens can vote and participate in the political process, we are encouraged to be informed, responsible voters. We are encouraged to seek honest and wise people and support them in political office (D&C 98:10). On matters of significant moral implication for society, such as same-sex marriage, the Church may take a non-partisan position. My beliefs have let me to vote for people I think will do a good job regardless of party affiliation. Show more Show less