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Hi I'm Dustin

I'm a trumpet-playing, off-roading, water-skiing, Laotian-speaking, Salsa Dancing, Mechanical-Engineering Mormon.

About Me

I'm a Mechanical Engineering student, and I play the trumpet in jazz bands on campus, and just with friends. Every week I go to the salsa club at school (Bachata is my favorite). Whenever I get the chance, I love to go home and spend time with my family water skiing, off-roading, sleeping, reading or doing whatever. When I served a mission, I learned Laotian to help teach the Gospel to people who have come to the United States from Laos. Now, my little brother is serving a mission in Singapore and Malaysia, but that's not all of us. I have six siblings and now we're spread out all over the United States.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were sure to teach me ever since I was young how amazing it is to be a member of Christ's church. Of course my family is imperfect. We all have our follies, but at the end of the day we know that we can be together forever. Our little disagreements really don't matter in the long-run. I've never really known any other way families work, but I know how happy my family is, and I know the reason we're happy is because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In short, I'm a Mormon because my parents were. But even more than that, I've seen so many times how being a Mormon really means being happier and being part of Christ's true church.

How I live my faith

One of my responsibilities in the church is to teach Sunday School a few times a month. I love being able to study the scriptures focusing on how I can help everyone in the class come closer to the savior. Even outside of teaching Sunday School, I've really seen how studying Christ's life has helped me turn to look and help others. I'm blessed to have a truck here with me at school, so I try to use it to help people move things whenever they need the help. I don't say that to try to make you think about how charitable I am. I really do enjoy helping other people because "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God." (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 2:17) When I help others, I can feel that God is happy for the work I'm doing to help others.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

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What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

I had an amazing opportunity to visit The Lao Peoples' Democratic Republic (Laos) a few years ago. I spent a lot of time with a few church representatives there, and I was able to see the amazing things that they do. Even though the church isn't officially recognized as a religion in Laos yet, they act under their Non-Government Organization (Deseret International Charities) to provide wells, bathrooms, wheelchairs and free English classes to people in Laos. I even got to help teach a few of these English classes while I was there. Show more Show less