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Hi I'm Dustin

I joined the church in 2000. Since then, I've become a husband and father; the two best titles in the world. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Since I've become a husband and a father, it's hard to say which I enjoy being more.

Why I am a Mormon

There are many various aspects of my church that I love. But the reason I had the courage to leave my prior church and join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is because I believe in modern day prophets. I believe that God sent prophets to help his children prepare for Jesus's first coming. And I believe Christ will come again. So why wouldn't God send us prophets today? I find it hard to believe that we don't need prophets to guide us in this day and age. From this foundational belief in modern day prophets, I've been able to build my testimony on other aspects of the church. But it happened over time AFTER I was baptized.

How I live my faith

I think the biggest difference in my life since joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is how the doctrine and standards of the church are woven into my entire life. Lately I've tried to be more open about the various doctrinal and cultural aspects of the church with my co-workers at work. I've had a chance to describe Family Home Evening and my service to a widow and single sister as their Home Teacher. One co-worker asked why so many Bloggers his wife reads are Mormon which allowed me to talk about our Church's encouragement to share our talents with the world. I recently discovered that my Muslim co-worker and I both tithed which allowed us to share our struggles to come to terms with having faith that the Lord would bless our sacrifice in ways we might never see. Recently I've been "called" to a leadership position within my ward ("congregation"). Since accepting that assignment, I've learned a lot about how the Lord would have his church organized and run. So much of the leadership training I've received is directly applicable to my work and home life. My co-workers may not know it, but I encorporate a LOT of my faith in my work.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Dustin
This is a question I struggled with as I was investigating the church. While I didn't personally know the priest who baptized me into the Catholic church when I was a few months old, I can assume he was a God-fearing, pius individual. To think God wouldn't recognize his "authority" seemed extremely harsh and unloving. Since joining the church, I've come to understand that Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist for a very specific reason. First, He wanted to demonstrate the critical importance of being baptized. Second, He sought out John the Baptist for a specific reason. He wanted to show that someone with the proper "priesthood authority" needed to perform the baptism. Once I developed my testimony about the priesthood authority regarding baptism, I naturally became concerned with those that have never received a baptism from one with priesthood authority... That's when I learned about God's work that is done in Temples! Show more Show less