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Hi I'm Dusten

About Me

I am married to the most beautiful woman in the world and we have four energetic daughters (including one set of twins), and one two-year-old son. I work for the as a doctor in the military. As a family we like going on walks and on family trips to the beach. My daughters all sleep in the same room, and one of our favorite things is to read stories together before they go to sleep every night. Favorite authors include CS Lewis, George Macdonald, Jane Austen, and JRR Tolkein.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon in the Pacific Northwest. One of the things that I was taught as a child was that we learn truth from the Holy Spirit speaking directly to our mind and heart gently and quietly. This communication always brings us closer to Christ and his attributes, is always in line with God's communication to us through the scriptures, and leads to positive "fruits" or effects. As a teenager I remember reading a modern prophet's counsel that this ability to hear God speaking to me would dramatically increase if I studied the Book of Mormon daily. I started reading daily and it became apparent to me that on days when I forgot to read, I felt farther from God. It became apparent to me that the Book of Mormon was an instrument from God for teaching us truth. In fact, my testimony of the Bible developed because as I read it I felt the same spirit that I had already come to recognize in the Book of Mormon. As the last twenty years have passed, I know that positive changes in myself and the continuing presence of the Holy Ghost in my life stem significantly from daily study of the Book of Mormon. One of the greatest possesions we can have in this life is knowledge from God. I know that God lives and loves us, that Jesus Christ made possible our return to God's presence, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His church.

How I live my faith

Right now, I am deployed to a war zone. We have a small group of 10 or 15 of us here that find time to meet on Sundays. I know how to play the piano, so I play an electric piano to accompany a few hymns. We have a sacrament meeting, then a one-hour Sunday school class. We take turns being responsible for delivering a message during the sacrament meeting or teaching the Sunday school class.

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

This website has a "meetinghouse locator" that can help you find the closest meetinghouse for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is a living, resurrected being. He looks and acts today, just as he did after his resurrection when he appeared to his disciples in Jerusalem, and when he appeared to the people living on the American Continent, as recorded in the Book of Mormon. He is the firstborn of our Heavenly Father and, like our Father, is perfect, all-knowing, and all-powerful. By suffering for our sins he made true repentence possible - the ability to leave behind aspects of our character that are sinful. His sacrifice makes true growth possible. We love and revere Him as God, our Savior, our Teacher, and our Leader. Show more Show less