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Hi I'm Justin

I am married to Lisa Criddle. We have 4 wonderful kids: Payden, Abrielle, Lincoln, & Sophie. We love the Savior, Jesus Christ.

About Me

I was born in 1975 and have had the opportunity of moving all over the United States. The majority of my friends have been members of other faiths. I have enjoyed learning about their beliefs. I served a mission in the Kentucky Louisville Mission when I was 19 years old. I married Lisa Stewart in July of 1998, after dating for nearly a year. We now have 4 children who keep us on our toes. I sell medical equipment in the Northwest and absolutely love my work. Simultaneously, I enjoy serving in church responsibilities. I am currently serving in the Bishopric of the Creswell Ward. Lisa is serving as the Secretary in the Relief Society Presidency.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. My mom was baptized by my father when they were each 20 years old. They married a year later and raised 4 boys, including myself in a strong LDS Mormon household. I have had many personal experiences that have strengthened my faith and my personal testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ. I know that he lives and loves me. I know that he is the Son of God, our Father in Heaven. I know that he paid the price for my sins through his suffering in Gethsemane and ultimately his death upon the cross. He also made it possible for me to live again and be resurrected as he is. I also know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. As a young boy Joseph Smith simply wanted to know which church to join in his small town. He was confused by the different teachings that each professed. He prayed to know which to join. He had a visitation from God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. I know this to be true because I've had the confirmation of the Holy Ghost as I've prayed to know if Joseph Smith was a Prophet. Joseph eventually sealed his testimony with his blood, as he was murdered by an angry mob in Carthage, ILL. I've been to the exact location of his death. I had another confirmation, at that point, of his being a true prophet of God. I have had hundreds of occasions in my life that reconfirm that Jesus is the Christ and that he restored his church on the earth through Joseph Smith. Many of those come as I read the Book of Mormon. I encourage everyone to read that book and to ask the Lord in prayer if it is true. If you do this with a sincere heart, you will know the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon by the influence of the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

I often travel with my work. It requires additional dedication to have my family remain strong in their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We do our best to study the scriptures and pray together as a family each day. Each week we have "family home evening" together, they are usually together and I am on the road with work, but we do our best with the situation. We often have FHE, scripture study, and prayer over the phone via Facetime or Skype. I am glad to serve the Lord in any manner that I can. Sometimes this is done through actual "Callings" within the church. I've been a teacher of young children, youth, adults, and have presided over young men's programs, the Elder's Quorum, and currently serve in the Bishopric of my ward. I do my best to fulfill my church responsibilities without sacrificing the quality time that I have committed to my employer and family. I have to constantly commit myself to remain valiant. It isn't always easy, but it's always worth it.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Justin
"This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." (John 17:3) We believe the purpose of this life is to learn and grow. We have been blessed with Agency from our Father in Heaven. We are able to choose between right and wrong. We are able to experience joy and pain because of our earthly experience in a physical body. These experiences bring us closer to our Father in Heaven and the Savior, as we learn to rely on them to overcome our difficulties, sin, and sorrow. We learn how to be a Father or Mother in our own families by witnessing how our Heavenly Father loves unconditionally. He loves with patience and allows us to make mistakes. He provided us a way to overcome sin and agony, which is only through the Savior. When we apply the Atonement in our lives, we allow the mercy of Jesus Christ to remove the pain and sin and allow us to move forward. In order for this to work, we must have Faith and we must Repent. As we do, our relationship with our Father and Jesus Christ becomes real. We can truly "know" them, and that should be our primary focus in this life. Show more Show less