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Hi I'm Justin

I grew up with my family moving around and have enjoyed every major culture shock in the United States. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and a father of two beautiful girls. I work in the international shipping industry (Traffic Manager for the Midwest and East Coast for a steamship line).

Why I am a Mormon

While I am a born and raised mormon, I have had my moments of rebelling and making the false assumption that life would be easier if I could simply do what is popular. Mainstream society nowadays is accepting of any non-violent action as long as it translates to the individual enjoying it and for a brief part of my life I tried to take part in anything that made me feel good as long as no one else was impacted. I have learned many times that the only thing that makes me feel complete and fills any "void" I am feeling, is the gospel of Jesus Christ. I do want to do that which makes me happy and yet also pushes me to do better. My membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints does just that. I am not perfect, but I cannot deny the things that have been confirmed to me by the warmth of the "spirit's heavenly flame". I have felt it and I have felt it every single time I share the story of Joseph Smith's first vision at the age of 14 in 1820 when he went into a grove of trees to pray regarding which church he should join. I know that God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith and that they did so to re-establish the same church that Christ established before his death and resurrection. The original church and the authority to act in God's name had been stomped out as the people killed Christ's apostles and the fact that God had chosen to bring it back through a humble 14 year old boy shows to me that God's character does not change. He chooses the weak and humble to confound the wise and great of the world. All that has transpired since that boy walked out of that grove has come because God loves His children and wants them safely gathered in. I am a member of this church because my soul has found something familiar here that I feel I knew before I was born into a mortal body here on this earth when our spirits dwelt with God. I find that others feel it too and join the church with an individual conviciton that it is true.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith everyday by understanding that my responsibility as someone who has prayed to know what is true and has received an answer, is to show others the good that is in me as a result. All light and truth comes from our Heavenly Father and His character is consistent, just and true. His honor is His power and by His authority was the Earth created and was the universe organized as it is. All things yield to His majesty and direction. I am just a man but I am a son of God. All the good that I can create or anything of value that I am, comes from what He has done for me as His son. Man is nothing and yet we are fortunate because man means everything to God. Christ's atonement is the perfect example of this. I have and continue to call upon the Atonement of Jesus Christ as I sin and make mistakes and I am grateful for all that has been done in my behalf as a result of the simple but overwhelming love that my Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ have for us with no effort of our own. I explain this because living my faith to me means living every day with this perspective in my mind and in my heart. I am proud of the rich heritage that we all share in being children of our Heavenly Father and I feel that kinship to my fellow man as we are a large family who decided to come to earth and support God's plan. I know we were excited and felt a bond to one another then and while we all have forgotten our pre-Earth life, I have caught a glimpse of that bond with my brothers and sisters. Living my faith means loving God, constantly searching for things that are virtuous in this life and loving/caring for my fellow man. While I have held many different positions in the church, each has added to my abilities and through teaching the youth or the adults, serving others in various ways, as well as the simple fellowship that comes as a result of this church, I have learned that both the one that is serving and the one that is receiving are edified.