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Hi I'm Justin

I'm from California. I'm an Information Systems Major. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a currently a college student studying information systems management. I am the 5th of 6 children in my family, and i'm very outgoing. My favorite things to do are hang out with and meet new people, go on hikes in the mountains, and play video games. I'm working on getting a job right now, so when I get one I will let you know what I do, but right now I'm feeling the pain of the hunt.

Why I am a Mormon

When I served as a missionary in Mexico, one of the most common questions I was asked was "So, were you born Mormon, or were you from another church before and later you changed to this religion?" I can proudly say that my parents have taught me the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints my whole life. But really, who wouldn't? What they taught me were principles like trust in our savior Jesus Christ, faith in the words he has revealed in his holy scriptures (Such as the Bible), forgivness, charity and love. I will forever be grateful to me parents for making sure that I understood these important principles since my childhood. However, what I just said does NOT explain WHY I am a Mormon, and that is what I want people to understand. I am not Mormon because that is what my parents taught me. There are lots of things my parents do that I do not do because I do not agree with them, as I'm sure every family has. If I did not agree with what I had learned, I would not have followed. So the real question is: How do you know it is true? I know that this is true because I have searched for answered, pondered what i have found out in my heard, and most importantly, I have prayed to our Heavenly Father to let me know if these things are true. I have received an answer time and time again. I know that my Heavenly Father has let me know that this is His restored church on the earth, and i know that he is willing to answer that question to any of his children that desires to ask.

How I live my faith

There are several things I do on a regular basis to live my faith. The first and most important part I feel are my personal prayers. I always do everything I can to make sure that I offer personal, private prayers to my Heavenly Father every single day. However, I want people to realize that when I say prayer, I'm not just talking about something that I recite and am done with. When I think of prayer, I think about a conversation that I have with a real and living being. I talk to him, and he talks back. Of course I don't hear it with my ears, but I can feel it in my heart and recognize it in my mind. Then, my goal is to take what I have received from him for that day, and put it in practice. For example, every Sunday i attend the normal church services on Sunday mornings (called "Sacrament meeting"). Today, however, was different, because a while ago, the local bishop had called me and asked that I prepare a short 10 minute talk, or sermon, on a specific topic. This is not out of the ordinary, as normal members of the congregation are usually the ones asked to speak, and I had already previously made known that I am comfortable with public speaking. as I prepared this short talk, I worked very hard to put together what I personally felt was what needed to be heard about that topic (the Atonement and sacrifice of Jesus Christ). This morning, however, as I reread what I had written, something just didn't seem right about it. As I read and thought about it, I realized what the problem was: I had written it without consulting my Heavenly Father to find out what HE would have me say. I offered a sincere prayer asking for guidance. With ease, I completely rewrote the entire talk. What makes moments like this very special was a random text message I got later that evening after the services: "Hey Justin, Thanks for your talk today. It has given me a bunch of things to think about, and it helped me out a lot. Thanks again." Soooo worth it =)