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Hi I'm Justine

I am Lithuanian. I am a mother and occasional writer. I am an avid but terrible gardener. I am a Mormon

About Me

 I am a mother to five loud and beautiful children. It is often crazy around our house, but we still manage to have a lot of fun together. I am surrounded by caring friends and neighbors. I feel like there is so much strength that comes from having a strong community of friends around us.

Why I am a Mormon

 My parents joined the church when I was a young girl. I grew up learning about Jesus Christ as my parents were also learning. I gained a real testimony of the Lord’s church as I grew into adulthood and came to understand that I really was a daughter of God. I realized that I was still like that young girl I was decades ago. I was still messing up, asking for forgiveness, trying to do better. And the Lord was there embracing me, encouraging me to get up and try again, helping me to become a better person. I am a Mormon because it is how I’ve found peace. There is an undeniable presence in my life that makes me stronger when I don’t feel I have any strength at all. Jesus Christ has given me strength and peace and has shown me love at every turn in my life.

How I live my faith

 I work with the adult women in our congregation and other surrounding congregations. I love helping to harness the strength and charity of so many women. Together we work to improve the lives of those that are struggling. We all work together to strengthen each other. One of my favorite parts of serving in the church is finding ways to ease the pain of others in the world. Making blankets, organizing clothing drives, collecting food for the homeless, making hygiene kits to send to disaster-ridden regions, hugging a sick neighbor – these are the manifestations of strength in the women around me. I feel enormously blessed to be part of such a work.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

The Mormon lifestyle is in so many ways exactly like everyone else around us, and yet is also so very different. There are pressures and stresses just like everywhere else. I live in “regular-ville” America and have fallen victim to the pressures that most parents do – music lessons, sports camps, running our family around from event to event. Those things are probably very similar to other families. Parents everywhere are concerned about violent video games, sexualized advertising, drug use, and bullying, so I’m sure we share many common goals. My husband and I work to make our marriage valuable and important just like so many other couples do. And yet I feel like we probably are strange in some ways from the rest of the world. I know some of my friends probably think I’m peculiar, although it’s difficult to pin down exactly why that might be. Sure, I don’t drink, but I know many people that don’t. We expect a lot out of our children, and involve them in work around the house and yard as they are equal stakeholders in the success of our household. We don’t swear or speak in a crass manner, but again, I know so many others that don’t either. Are Mormon’s lifestyles so very different? There are millions of ways to be a Mormon, just as there are millions of ways to not. I’m sure there are vast similarities and vast differences. The fundamental force that drives my lifestyle is my commitment to keep the Spirit of the Lord in my life. All the other details are secondary. Show more Show less