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Hi I'm Dustin

I am a husband and father. I am a soon-to-graduate optometry student. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love to study. I study everything from biology and physics to history, music, and architecture. I love to learn everything I can about how the world works and what people in that world have done. My undergraduate degree is in neuroscience, so I have studied many aspects of the human nervous system. It fascinates me how electrical signals and chemical transmitters can work together to cause muscles to move, memories to form, thoughts to occur, and life to live. From these studies, however, I recognize that science does not hold all the answers to life. Neuroscience can not tell me why we think or what happens to our minds and personalities after death. I am now a graduate student in optometry school, working on getting my doctorate. As I study human vision and how light, eyes, and the brain work together to inform us of the incredible surrounding world, I feel grateful to a loving Heavenly Father who has made all of this possible.  

Why I am a Mormon

My thirst for knowledge began almost as soon as I was born and laid next to my dad's college chemistry book. My parents have always encouraged me to learn and find to the truth of everything for myself. When it comes to being a Mormon I do just that. I have read and searched the Book of Mormon many times. I have studied, in detail, the lives and teachings of Joseph Smith and several other early church members. I have pondered over and attempted to live the principles taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. From these experiences I have come to personally know my Savior, Jesus Christ, and the truthfulness of His Gospel and His Church. Though the proof I have experienced can not be measured in meters nor charted on a graph, it can be replicated. Simply study and pray and you will know as certainly as I do. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My top priority in life is to my family. I have a wonderful wife and beautiful daughter named Emma. We also have a son on the way. As parents one of our biggest concerns is in raising our children to be good people that love the Lord and do as He wants them to do. In our modern world that goal seems to be more and more challenging as people forget the Lord. We try to live our faith in a way that sets an example for Emma. We pray daily. We read the scriptures. We attend Church meetings regularly. We pay tithing. We try to serve as best we can in the responsibilities given to us. As we try to live this way we hope that we can teach our children to love the Lord and live by His teachings. In taking a leap of faith to strive to live the commandments our faith is strengthened and we gain assurance that the values we hold to be true are, in fact, true.