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Hi I'm Justin

I'm a missionary, I'm a small town boy, I express myself through singing, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Utah in an LDS home, and though we never really went to church when I was younger we really made a decision to go and that has brought us so close, I don't know what I would do without my family. I really love to sing and play the acoustic guitar. It's such a simple sound, but that is what makes it so relaxing, time just flies and before I know it hours have passed by and I'm still working on that one song. I love to golf, and to be in the peaceful surroundings of nature, probably a dream day for me would just to a secluded place away from the cares of the world, play my guitar and sing. I love hanging out with friends and having a good time doing whatever comes to mind, usually a jam session, ping pong, or video games will come up, maybe going to the gym, no matter what it is though it's always about being who we are and having a good time.

Why I am a Mormon

My story is not so much about how I became a Mormon, but why I stayed that way. My family and I somewhat steered clear of going to church when I was younger, my parents had some addictive habits that seemed to keep them away and I was just a young kid that thought that church was a little boring, and more went out of obligation when I did go rather that for it's real purpose. Well we decided that we were going to work towards going to the temple to be sealed together as a family for time and all eternity. We still popped in and out of church to some extent but when I was 17 or 18 and pretty active in the church the time came for me to decide if I would serve a two year mission for the church. Where you go and basically share the gospel with all who will listen, and help them develop faith in Jesus Christ, repent, be baptized, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and endure until the end. I had a lot of questions about the church, I wasn't living perfectly, and quite frankly didn't want to waste the lords time if I was going to serve half heartedly. That's about the time when I really gained my testimony that the church was true. I had for sure felt the spirit before in church and reading the Book of Mormon but I really had to know, I couldn't tell people that the Book of Mormon was true if I didn't really know it for myself. I prayed very sincerly for a while and eventually after desiring it enough, I received a confirmation that it really was true, after receiving that witness I sent in my mission papers and got called to serve in the Michigan Detroit mission, definite culture shock but I would not be anywhere else, this is the life.

How I live my faith

I am now living my faith to the fullest, I am serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Michigan Detroit Mission. I wake up at 6:30 every morning, excercise, get ready for the day, and from 8:00 to 10:00 I study the scriptures. After that we get out of the apartment, and usually do not come back in until 9:00 P.M. With possibly a lunch break inbetween. I've learned that the more you serve others the more you grow to love them. I love the people of Detroit, I love them because I try to see them as God sees them. They desperately need the gospel, only the gospel will save the world from what it now is. The greatest joy as a missionary is seeing the people you've been priveleged to teach take the leap of faith and be baptized, there is nothing greater than seeing them come out of the water and knowing that they are clean and sinless before God. Seeing that reminds me of the potential that we all have to become pure and spotless before God, through sincere repentance and making and keeping our promises to him.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

What I love about missionary service is that we don't just go through a rote memorized presentation, we strive to follow the spirit and adapt the message to any possible concerns or needs the people we're teaching have. We don't teach just to teach, we teach to help people experience the joy of the gospel so that they may recognize how it will bless them as they learn it and strive to live it. We generally begin teaching about God, who he is and what he desires for us, then will talk more about prophets and Jesus Christ's role in God's plan. We teach that Christ's gospel was perfect when he walked the earth, but through corruption, or mistranslation much of the plain and precious truths of the gospel were lost. We then teach about how it was brought back to the earth, through a prophet in our day named Joseph Smith who prayed and was visited by God and Jesus Christ, and the church and gospel of Jesus Christ was restored through him. This isn't all we teach, we strive to focus our teaching on the Plan of Happiness which God made for us his children, and what we must do to return and live in his presence when this life is through. If you have any questions about our church and beliefs, or a sincere desire to strengthen your relationship with God, the missionaries are a great source to learn from. Show more Show less