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Hi I'm Justin.

I love my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 33-year-old husband and father of 5 children. I grew up in Wyoming, then went to college in Colorado and Wisconsin. Now I work as a scientist for a biotechnology company in Southern California. I love the outdoors and enjoy hiking, backpacking, cycling, and going to the beach. I like playing sports more than watching them; basketball is my favorite now, but I played football in college. My oldest son is playing baseball, and I am having fun trying to coach him. I also enjoy singing, especially at Christmastime.

Why I am a Mormon

I always went to church with my parents growing up, but it wasn't until I was on my own at college that I really had to find out for myself what I believed. I had to make the choice each Sunday and find a ride to get to church, but I found that I just felt so much better being there. I started reading the Book of Mormon morning and night and really started to apply what I was learning. I remember like it was yesterday the overwhelming feelings of peace and joy that came over me when I knew that I had been forgiven of my sins. I knew and still do know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that my Heavenly Father knows me and loves me.

How I live my faith

My wife and my children are the most important things in my life. We don't just go to church together on Sunday. We read the scriptures and pray together every night before the kids go to bed. We pray together in the morning before the kids go to school and I leave for work. We eat dinner together and talk to one another every night. We work together around the house and in the yard on Saturday. We go on fun outings together, like hiking, biking, playing at the park or at the beach, and attending church activities and baseball games. Every Monday night we spend time together as a family singing, praying, learning the gospel, having fun, and eating dessert. My wife and I go to the Mormon temple in Los Angeles once a month to strengthen our relationship; we sometimes take the kids too to help remind us all of God's promise that we can be together as a family forever if we follow Jesus Christ. We're not a perfect family, but dedicating my time and energy to all these activities gives me consistent opportunities to teach my children and show them that I love them. I am grateful for what I learn at church about families and how to be a better husband and father.