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Hi I'm Justin

I'm from Texas. I study laser physics and optics. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a PhD student studying optical sciences, and a proud father of two beautiful girls and a baby boy. I love sports (especially soccer) and outdoor activities, and serve as a volunteer in the Boy Scouts of America organization. I love music and lately I have been teaching myself to play the guitar.

Why I am a Mormon

I strive to balance a lot of different interests and pursuits in my life, but at the center of it all is my love for Christ and his teachings. Being a Mormon gives me guidance and direction in establishing priorities and finding the proper balance between my family, academic studies, career, and community involvement.

How I live my faith

The most important commandments are to love God and our fellow man. Probably the best way to do this is to serve our families and others, using our time and talents to build others up. When we help, encourage and lift others a wonderful thing happens along the way; we ourselves also improve, and develop greater love for those we serve. One way I try to serve others is by organizing exciting and uplifting activities for the youth as a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America. I spend many weekends participating in fun outings, learning new skills, and most importantly building self-confidence in others. I also teach leadership and citizenship skills to the youth. Recently I received training as a climbing and rappelling instructor and am looking forward to more fun trips!

What are Mormon Temples used for?

The temple is a place Mormons go to perform ordinances necessary for salvation in God's kingdom. We can return to the temple to perform these ordinances vicariously for others (typically our own family members and ancestors) who have passed away without the opportunity to embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ. For example if a loved one has passed away without an opportunity to be baptized, we can vicariously perform this ordinance on their behalf in the temple. The quiet, reverent atmosphere of temples make them a place for Mormons to reflect on our lives, renew our commitment to Christ, and resolve to be better disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ in our daily life. Temples are not the same as our church buildings. While we meet weekly in church buildings to take the sacrament and study the gospel, frequency of temple attendance is up to the individual. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

While we hold him in high regard, Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. We view Joseph Smith as a prophet in much the same way that we regard Moses and Peter as prophets. They were all great men, and they were operating under the direction of God to reveal His will to mankind. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the savior of mankind and the redeemer of the world. Joseph Smith is a prophet who testified and taught of Christ's mission and divinity. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

The Savior Jesus Christ is the ultimate example of service to others. He taught us to consider all people our neighbors and to act with kindness, generosity and good will to others. While I believe it is true that people in general tend to help mostly those they know and spend time with, we are by no means limited to our own social circles in our obligation to love and serve our neighbor. I have made a conscious effort to expand my circle of service to others, especially those not of my faith. For one example, in the past year I've made a commitment to serve in an expanded role in the Boy Scouts of America organization. I spent many nights and weekends this past year getting training to become a climbing/rappelling instructor. Our district has many quality scouting units not sponsored by the Mormon church. I have served as an instructor twice so far on trips with units not associated with my faith, and anticipate many more opportunities to do so in the future. Show more Show less