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Hi I'm Justine.

I'm a wife, the mother of two beautiful girls, and a teacher for children with autism. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I currently have two wonderful daughters. They are the center of our world and brings us so much joy. Everyday is an adventure as we watch them learn and grow. I work full time as a teacher for autistic children while my husband is finishing his degree in Communications. My job can be challenging and exhausting, but it is also immensely rewarding as I see my students make progress. I love ballet, classic novels, and crafting.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the wonderful example of my mother. She tirelessly took my siblings and I to church every week even though my father was not a member of the church at that time. At home she did her best to teach us the principles of the gospel and help us develop our testimonies. Thanks to her example and the help of church leaders throughout the years, I gained a testimony for myself that the church is true. After leaving home and starting a family of my own, I continue to be a Mormon because of the happiness and peace living the gospel brings me. My life is not perfect or free from challenges. Yet, I know that my family will be together after this life, I know where to find the truth and how I should live my life. Armed with this knowledge I am able to face whatever comes my way with hope, happiness, and peace. In short, I am a Mormon because I have come to know without any doubt that this church is true and that it contains the doctrines that will bring us joy in this life and for all eternity.

How I live my faith

I am currently the nursary leader in my ward. Each Sunday I spend two hours with children from 18 months to 2 and 1/2 years old while their parents attend Sunday School. There are giggles of joy, tears of sorrow, and wonderful moments where we all feel the Spirit. However, living my faith is so much more than serving in my calling. Every part of my life, how I spend my free time/money, how I dress, the books I read, the shows I watch, the people I choose to spend time with, and many more things are all influenced by my faith. I live my faith by trying to keep all aspects with my life in harmony with the truths I know. I live my faith day by day, one small decision at a time.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

In the Mormon church, members are encouraged to attend church every Sunday. At church we learn the basic doctrines of the gospel, receive the Sacrament, fellowship with other members, and generally "rekindle" the fire of our Faith. Church is open to members and non-members alike. Also, children attend weekly church services with their parents. The temple on the other hand is a sacred building reserved for worthy, adult members of the church. In the temple, we perform sacred ordinances. One such ordinance is the sealing of families for eternity. When a man and a woman are sealed in the temple, their marriage will continue after this life and any children born in their family with live with them for eternity.The temple is also a place for learning and worship. The teachings of the temple are not secret, but they are very sacred and are therefore not discussed outside the temple. By attending the temple to worship, I am able to step out of the hustle and bustle of the world for a few hours and focus on holy things. It allows me to think clearly, pray more fervently, and understand what I need to do in my life. Because the temple is holy, entering it's walls brings a peace in to my heart that cannot be found in any other church meeting. Show more Show less