Hi I'm Justine.
My husband and I currently have two wonderful daughters. They are the center of our world and brings us so much joy. Everyday is an adventure as we watch them learn and grow. I work full time as a teacher for autistic children while my husband is finishing his degree in Communications. My job can be challenging and exhausting, but it is also immensely rewarding as I see my students make progress. I love ballet, classic novels, and crafting.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because of the wonderful example of my mother. She tirelessly took my siblings and I to church every week even though my father was not a member of the church at that time. At home she did her best to teach us the principles of the gospel and help us develop our testimonies. Thanks to her example and the help of church leaders throughout the years, I gained a testimony for myself that the church is true. After leaving home and starting a family of my own, I continue to be a Mormon because of the happiness and peace living the gospel brings me. My life is not perfect or free from challenges. Yet, I know that my family will be together after this life, I know where to find the truth and how I should live my life. Armed with this knowledge I am able to face whatever comes my way with hope, happiness, and peace. In short, I am a Mormon because I have come to know without any doubt that this church is true and that it contains the doctrines that will bring us joy in this life and for all eternity.
Could you talk about your baptism?
I was baptized when I was 8 years old. As my father was not a member of the church at that time, my family traveled to Utah where a family friend baptized me. Even though I was young at the time and the baptism was many years ago, I will never forget the feelings I had that day. I came out of the water knowing that I had made the right choice. I felt the love of our Heavenly Father envelope me. I also remember feeling so clean! I wanted so badly to never sin again so I could keep that clean feeling.
How I live my faith
I am currently the nursary leader in my ward. Each Sunday I spend two hours with children from 18 months to 2 and 1/2 years old while their parents attend Sunday School. There are giggles of joy, tears of sorrow, and wonderful moments where we all feel the Spirit. However, living my faith is so much more than serving in my calling. Every part of my life, how I spend my free time/money, how I dress, the books I read, the shows I watch, the people I choose to spend time with, and many more things are all influenced by my faith. I live my faith by trying to keep all aspects with my life in harmony with the truths I know. I live my faith day by day, one small decision at a time.