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Hi I'm Justin

I'm married to the most beautiful girl ever, father to an amazing little girl, and one of the happiest men alive. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a family with seven kids. My dad left us and my parents divorced when I was about 7. I used to be pretty bitter about it, but not anymore. I've realized that there are few things more important than family, so why waste time ruining it with bitter feelings? I'm currently a grad student, working on my Master's Degree in Child Development at a school in Chicago. I'm still trying to nail down exactly what arena I want to work with children in. My wife and I got married in June of 2010, and we get incredible satisfaction and many hours of happiness and enjoyment out of watching and playing with our young daughter.

Why I am a Mormon

Let's get this out of the way right up front I was born into this Church. I was more or less born a Mormon, raised a Mormon, and I'll die a Mormon. But it's not just a matter of tradition with me. No way. By now, it's personal. Growing up, I was always the type of kid who did "the right thing", but not always because it was the right thing. Sometimes it was because I was scared of doing the wrong thing. What kid isn't at some point or another? However, as I got older, aka "teenager", I started wondering whether I should keep doing what I'd always done, and if so, why? I guess I should elaborate on what "the right thing" is. I was taught never to drink, smoke, or do drugs. I was taught to go to church every Sunday and to take seriously the assignments I was given in Church. I was taught to avoid premarital sex and things of that sort, and I did. Every kid starts wondering "why", though. Through perhaps a thousand small events, occurrences, and experiences, I came to the realization one day that I knew these right things really were the right things. More specifically, and in particular, why I'm a Mormon, it's because I realized that I knew. In the New Testament, especially in the Gospel of John, Christ spoke a lot about the Holy Spirit, or the Holy Ghost. He taught that the Holy Ghost would lead us into all truth, and that, if we want to know the truth of anything, and whether it be of God, we need only live it to find out. John 7 17 I'd been living it for years. Through the fruits of the Spirit see Galatians 5 22-23 I knew and know better today that this is God's church upon the earth today. The Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ, is truly a record of Christ' Gospel taught to the people of the New World. It was translated by a modern prophet of God called to testify of Christ and restore His church to the earth. This is true. I know it is. All my life I've known that it is. THAT's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I recently moved my small family to the Chicago area, so that I can attend school at the Erikson Institute, a graduate school in Child Development. It's been a huge change for us, moving from a small town in southern Utah to an area close to one of the biggest cities in the United States. It's been interesting; with all of the hype in popular media about political candidates, reality show participants, and the like, there are a lot of people who have questions about us as "Mormons". The best way that I have right now is much the same as anyone else: I try to live my life like the Savior. I do the big things that typically stands out about Mormons, like I don't drink or do drugs, and I'm faithful to my wife. But, I think where the rubber meets the road is in the little, less apparent acts of kindness and faith. I'm a big believer in holding other people in mind, no matter what it is that I'm doing. I was flying home from San Francisco a few weekends ago, and a woman and her young daughter filled the row next to me. The woman said something about her husband, then looked toward the back of the plane where he had to sit. I offered to trade seats, so that he could sit with his family. I know that I would have wanted someone to do that for me, had I been in that situation with my family. For me, living my faith is doing for others what I would like to have done for me, in any given situation. I think that's a golden rule somewhere...

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

First of all, I not only believe in the Bible, but I LOVE the Bible. The long and the short of it is, Mormons love Jesus Christ. The Bible, go figure, is all about Jesus Christ! Nowhere else is the life of the Savior chronicled as it is in the New Testament. The Bible testifies of the Divinity of the Savior, that he is in fact the Son of the Living God, and he is the promised Messiah. That is the purpose of all scripture. The Bible is scripture. And so we love it and believe in it. Show more Show less