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Hi I'm Justin

I am a husband, a father, a youth sports coach and an outdoor enthusiast. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 44 year old husband and father of 5 children ranging in age from 17 to 7. I grew up in smaller towns in Utah - Price & Richfield areas. Throughout my youth, I loved to play basketball, football, baseball and golf. I still play golf when I can and I used to play basketball regularly until a worn out back slowed me down. I enjoy the beauty of the Utah mountains and enjoy spending time in the mountains camping, hunting and fishing. Some of my greatest memories are of spending time in the mountains with my dad hunting, fishing, and riding horses and ATVs. I still enjoy time with my dad and mom in the mountains and am fortunate to also have my own family to share these experiences with. I enjoy coaching youth sports and have coached my kids and other youth in basketball, baseball and softball. I work for a company that provides outsource solutions to the small business industry. My career and my family keep me quite busy.

Why I am a Mormon

As a kid and later a young man growing up, I always felt a peaceful, happy feeling while attending The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This was a feeling that I normally did not feel anywhere else. I later came to recognize this peaceful, happy feeling as the Spirit of God witnessing to me the truthfulness of the doctrines I was being taught while in church. To this day, I always enjoy attending church and feeling the Spirit while there. I take every opportunity I can to attend church meetings or church related events or to study the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Some of the doctrine to which the Spirit has witnessed to me as being true includes a knowledge that I have a Father in Heaven who loves me, cares for me and wants the best for me. I know His Son, Jesus Christ, came to earth and made it possible for me to overcome my mistakes and to live again after this life. I know that Jesus also loves me and is there to help me through life's trials and hardships. I have learned that Jesus restored his church to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith and that following the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can bring us great happiness in this life. Because our Heavenly Father loves us, He has given us families in this life to help teach and support us. I know the family unit is ordained of God and that our Heavenly Father wants each of us to return to His presence after this life along with our other family members.

How I live my faith

My wife and I strive to teach our faith to our children and strive to be a good example of living our faith. Once a week, our family holds what is called Family Home Evening where we gather as a family for the evening to learn more of our faith and to participate in fun activities as a family. All of us, including our kids, take turns in teaching each other about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe that the family is central to our Heavenly Father's Plan and that our family can be together again after our life on the earth. Our kids have become a very good example to my wife and I of being disciples of Jesus Christ. We are a close family who enjoys spending time together regularly. I try to live my faith on a day to day basis by being honest in my dealings with others and trying to serve others. I hope I do a good job of this. I have really enjoyed working with the youth by coaching youth sport teams and being involved in the Boy Scout program. I enjoy seeing youth progress, grow and mature into becoming fine young men or women who have a lot to offer to society.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

We believe that all people are children of God and as such are our brothers and sisters. We believe that we should serve and help all of God's children. We strive from an early age to teach our children to think of and to serve others. Church members are often seen responding in large groups to the call to help others during times of natural disaster or catastrophe, but on a daily and less noticeable level are frequently responding to the call of a neighbor, friend or stranger in need of help. Joseph Smith himself taught that we are "to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to provide for the widow, to dry up the tear of the orphan, to comfort the afflicted, whether in this church, or in any other, or in no church at all." Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

We do believe the Bible to be Holy Scripture and the word of God. We believe the Bible came from the writings of men called of God as they were influenced by the Holy Ghost. Just as the Bible came from the writings of holy men of God, we have additional Holy Scripture, including the Book of Mormon, which is compiled from the writings of holy men called of God. We believe the Book of Mormon to be another testament of Jesus Christ which supports and exalts the bible. I know the Bible and Book of Mormon can help us grow closer to God and that we can feel the influence of the Holy Ghost testifying of the truths contained in these two books as we study them. Show more Show less