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Hi I'm Dustin

I work in international development. I love the outdoors. I'm an optimist and a pragmatic idealist. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an international development professional and a committed Mormon. I've worked in several different countries and contexts and I think this world is magnificent. I also think that people are fundamentally good and that we have real potential - right now - to reduce poverty and increase opportunity. I love to laugh, particularly at my own jokes. I'm an avid outdoorsman and I love exploring the world. I like to learn, think and understand. I'm the proud husband of a beautiful and dynamic wife. I'm also a son, a brother, and a friend.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I want to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and Savior of all people. I've felt his love, I've seen his power, and the Spirit of God helps me feel and know that God and Christ are real. My faith in Christ gives me the responsibility to follow him - to become one of his disciples. I do this best when I participate in his full and complete church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I don't mean to sound pretentious or proud. I just know with my whole heart that Heavenly Father has given us one true church today. It's the same church that Jesus himself formed two thousand years ago, and its only goal is to help all of God's children come to Christ. He sends us prophets, provides us with new scripture, and works miracles in our lives. Because I'm a Latter-Day Saint, I'm happy. I learn how to make others happy. And I know what I need to do so that I can live with God and all of the people that I love - forever. In short, I learn how to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. And the Spirit of God tells me that all of this is real and good and true. So I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Many people in this world - Mormon and not - are much better human beings than I. But I'm doing my best to follow the path that a disciple of Christ should. Fundamentally, I live my faith by learning to love God and trying serve the people around me. I pray to God, study his scriptures, listen for his answers, and then try to do as much good as I can. I go to church every week, and I teach an early-morning class called "seminary" to an extremely impressive group of high-school age church members during the week. But my faith stretches far beyond church worship. The way I live, the things I say, the career I pursue, and the people I love are all facets of my belief in Christ and his true church. I try always to keep God-given commandments and to focus my thoughts and energy on others. Perhaps most importantly, I live my faith by changing. Because Christ suffered for our mistakes, we all have the chance to change. We can leave our sins and weaknesses behind, be freed from our guilt, and become better people. I make more mistakes than I care to remember, but through Christ, I am able to repent and change. I can constantly leave my shortcomings behind and look up to a brighter future. So that's how I live my faith. I talk to God and try to help his children. When I mess up, I change and try to do better. And I'll keep following this pattern so I can become the full disciple of Jesus Christ that I want to be.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

We believe in the Bible because we believe it really is the word of God. Just like many religious people in the world (Christian or not), we believe that the Bible was written by God-inspired prophets. When I read the Bible, I feel the Spirit of God, which lets me know it's the real word of God. Most importantly, the Bible teaches of Christ and His holy mission. It also talks about God's relationship with his children and outlines the commandments we should follow. The Bible even gives us the best play-by-play account we have of the Lord's ministry on the earth, making it unbelievably precious to all believers in Christ. I'm glad I have the Bible in my life. But here's where Mormons differ from other Christians: we don't think that God stopped giving scripture when scribes finished compiling the Bible! We believe in a loving God and a living Christ that still talk to us today. The Bible is the word of God, given through prophets ... and He still gives this word to prophets - right now. The Book of Mormon and our modern scripture provide more beautiful teachings about Jesus Christ that bring us even closer to God. I know that the Bible is the holy word of God - but I also know that He hasn't stopped there! Show more Show less