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Hi I'm Dustin

I keep it real, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've spent most of my life in Ohio and am a huge Buckeyes fan. I love good music and art, and I love to compete in absolutely everything. Bring it on! I also love snowboarding. I like to think of myself as being pretty laid back and relaxed. I just don't see why I need to get worked up over anything. Favorite phrase "It's all good." And it really is.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the personal relationship I have developed with my Heavenly Father through prayer and the Book of Mormon. I like to be alone with my thoughts, and as a young teenager I often asked myself many soul-searching questions. Many times I would question whether or not there really was a God and what in the world I was supposed to be doing with my life. Even though I had been taught from as early as I can remember that there IS a God and there IS a purpose, I still wondered. My parents were a huge influence in my life that have always taught me to pray with all the energy of my soul and to read the scriptures. However, reading scriptures was way less appealing to me than grabbing my snowboard or finding a group of friends to get a pick-up game of basketball started. Whenever I ignored impressions to read the scriptures or to pray, I would find myself feeling like something greater was missing in my life. Through reading the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, through prayers and through many life experiences, I have come to know that God lives. Whenever doubt or fear surround me, I remind myself that I have had too many spiritual experiences reading the Book of Mormon to deny. I know without a doubt that the Book of Mormon is true. It has helped me come to know who God really is, that He loves me, that He has prepared a way for me to return to him (with my family). I have had no greater happiness than in living the principles taught by Jesus Christ in the Bible and Book of Mormon. Anything else just feels fake or insufficient.

How I live my faith

I embrace the misconceptions, haha. At first, I didn't like how being a Mormon set me apart from all the other kids around me, but then I decided that I would just embrace all the weird ideas about me and make it a cool thing. I am definitely not embarassed anymore. Being a Mormon is who I am! I can't deny that. And I rock it... I recently returned home from Idaho where I was a full-time missionary for 2 years. Dedicating 2 years of my life to unpaid missionary service was a leap of faith, but it has been the greatest decision I've made in my life so far. The people I came to know and the lessons I learned were invaluable to shaping who I am today. Currently I do my best to become more like Christ every day. I read the scriptures and pray daily, and every Sunday I partake of the holy sacrament to remember His sacrifice for me.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Dustin
Read the Book of Mormon with an honest heart and an open mind. Don't read it to try and prove it wrong or just to amuse your friends. Then think about what you learn from it. Then, the most important thing you can do is pray to God and ask Him if it is really true. If it is true, wouldn't He want to tell you about it? Ask Him. And promise Him that you will accept His answer and act upon it. You will know through the peace and joy that will come to you that this is all true. Show more Show less