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Hi I'm Justin

Husband. Father. Work for the U.S. Congress in Washington, DC. I am a Mormon!

About Me

I am a happily married father of six young children, ranging in age from 12 years old to newborn. My wife has chosen to stay at home with our children. As a family, we love to swim, ride bikes, hike, snow ski, take car trips, and work together in the home and yard. When I have time, I like to putter around the house, making repairs and home improvements. We also enjoy hosting people in our home, be it for dinner, dessert night, game night, or roasting marshmallows in the backyard. In my professional life, I work for the United States House of Representatives, serving as Chief of Staff to a member of Congress. My work-life is a good mix of policy and politics. I enjoy what I do and am grateful for the opportunity to serve in this way. I have had the good fortune of working for several members of Congress and have enjoyed an up-close and personal view of the legislative process.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised Mormon. My parents were both Mormon. One day, when I was ten years old, I came home from school to hear that my dad had died that day in an industrial accident. My childhood was turned upside down as a result of his death. However, from the time I was little, I was taught that families can live together again following our lives here on earth. My parents had chosen to be married in one of our temples, and the knowledge of the promises given to them and their children brought me great comfort. The teachings of the Church about the afterlife and my own experiences with the Holy Ghost helped me gain perspective, understanding, and answers about my dad's untimely death. Additionally, the love and support of a large extended family and many good friends helped to shape and mold me into who I am today. At the age of 19 I chose to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church, spending two years in upstate New York. Those years were life-changing. I had to rely on my own faith as I taught others about Jesus Christ. I returned home after two wonderful years, enrolled in school, and eventually married. My decisions to serve as a full-time missionary and marry in one of our temples laid the foundation for a wonderful life. The teachings of the Church give illumination and understanding to God's plan for not only me, but for all members of the human family. My life is much more purposeful, as I know God has a plan for all of His children, me included.

How I live my faith

First and foremost, I live my faith by honoring my marital vows (remaining faithful to my wife) and being a good father to my six children. My fidelity to them, and interest in their personal and spiritual welfare, guides every decision I make. Together as a family, we find joy in our faith by seeking to live as Christ lived: loving and serving others. I recently marked five and a half years as bishop (lay minister) of our congregation. Outside of my full-time employment, I generally give 15-20 hours per week in service to our congregation. I live my faith by serving as Jesus Christ served, reaching out to those who are less-fortunate and seeking to lift them up through acts of Christian service. There is no feeling quite as satisfying as feeling that you have been the means through which the Lord has been able to work to bless and strengthen His followers. I find pure joy in seeing others make and keep special promises with their Heavenly Father, and in witnessing their lives change as they live after the patterns Christ taught in the scriptures.

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

Justin
The Church is neutral when it comes to party politics, candidates for public office, and partisan platforms. However, the Church encourages its members to select candidates for public office that will most nearly carry out their own personal ideals of good government. The Church also encourages its members to be civically-minded, to engage in the political process, as appropriate, at all levels of government. Church members are counseled to be civil and respectful of those individuals and organizations with whom they disagree. The Church reserves the right to engage in the public square on matters of moral concern, namely the sanctity of life, marriage, and family. Show more Show less