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Hi I'm Justin

I have a wonderful wife and four fun kids. I sing, garden, and read. I work as an actuary, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married to my beautiful wife for over ten years and am blessed with four young kids that keep us on our toes. We keep busy going on family bike rides, hikes, and swimming. I like to help coach my kids' soccer and basketball teams, and I give my kids piano lessons. I enjoy keeping a small garden, mountain biking, and following college football. I grew up in a large family with great parents that gave me every opportunity to grow and enjoy life. In high school, I spent lots of time in the music department, playing euphonium in the band, singing in choirs, and performing with a quartet. In college, I had the privilege of singing with the collegiate men's chorus. I studied actuarial science (mix of statistics and economics), and now work as an actuary full time in the investment industry.

Why I am a Mormon

My fourth great grandfather joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1831, just a year after the church was formally organized. My family have been active members of the church ever since. Among my ancestors are some that walked the plains from Illinois to Utah in the 1840's and 1850's. Although I grew up an active member of the church, I have come to know for myself that this church contains the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have no doubt of this, and I know the Lord has blessed me richly in my life as I've striven to follow the simple truths that I have learned all my life.

How I live my faith

My wife and I each serve in the church in various ways. She teaches the eight-year olds Sunday lessons, and I help with missionary work. We sing in the choir when we can make it. We also try to find ways to serve in the community and involve our kids whenever we can. My wife and I try to be good parents by providing a loving, caring, but admittedly imperfect home. There are certain things we try to do together every day as a family. We eat dinner together, read books, read scriptures, say a family prayer, then sing them a song before going to bed (getting the kids to bed on time can be a challenge!). Monday nights are family time, where we sing a song, pray, have a short lesson, play a game or two, then have a treat.

How does the Church finance its operations?

Justin
The church collect tithes and offerings from its members. Tithing (a donation of one-tenth of income) from church members is used to build and maintain church buildings, such as chapels and temples; to assist in missionary work; and to pay for educational schools, seminaries, and institutes of religion. In addition to tithing, church leaders encourage members of the church to pay offerings to help the poor and needy; to offer humanitarian aid; and to assist in other worthy causes. In addition to caring for its own members, the church offers significant relief around the world when need arises. Local church leaders are not paid for their service; members give of their time and talents freely while still maintaining full-time jobs to financially support their family. Show more Show less