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Andrew Morrow serving mission to Guatemala
Andrew Morrow - photo by Photo Contributed
Nineteen-year old Andrew Morrow will be departing Feb. 10, 2010, to serve a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

During a three-week training session in Provo, Utah and an additional six-week training session in Guatemala, Andrew will receive religious instruction, learn teaching skills and develop a respect and cultural understanding for the areas in which he will be serving.  Every week, close to 500 young men and women between the ages of 19 and 25 leave families, friends, school and careers and travel to one of 17 missionary training centers around the globe.   

Andrew is the son of Michael and Shannon Morrow of Manteca.  He has an older sister, Katie, older brother, Paul and younger brother Mark.  Andrew (Andy) has been home schooled since sixth grade and graduated from the Connecting Waters Charter School in 2008.  After earning his diploma, Andy received a four-year full tuition scholarship to BYU-Provo, Utah.  He recently completed his sophomore year at BYU in only three semesters.  In 2006, Andrew received his Eagle Award, the highest rank attainable in the Boys Scouts of America, presented to him by his father who was the Scoutmaster at the time.

Andy has a great love and appreciation for music and has been playing the piano since the age of six.  He is a gifted musician and served as the pianist for both the Lathrop Ward and BYU 96th Ward choirs. Andrew has received several scholarships and recognitions for his outstanding talent and finds music one way of expressing himself.  The Morrow family loves to camp at state parks throughout the U.S., explore historical sites, and visit museums. Andy has lived in southern and northern California, Colorado, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Utah.  One of his favorite hobbies is exploring historic abandoned mines with the Mojave Underground, an organized mine exploring club. He also enjoys hiking, backpacking, and rock climbing.

 While attending BYU, Andy studied computer science and worked part time as a computer programmer. His earnings will help pay his own travel and living expenses for the next two years.  His parents have played a major role in Andrew’s life and have influenced him in many ways.  While being home-schooled, Andy gained a love of learning and an understanding that learning is his own responsibility.   

Andrew loves the Savior, Jesus Christ and is absolutely sure of the importance of serving a mission.  Because the Gospel of Jesus Christ has given him perspective and purpose, he wants to share it with the Guatemalan people.  He wants to make a difference in the lives of others and bring them the joy he has found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.