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Hi I'm Justin

I was a failure to thrive baby. Now I play center for my college basketball team. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Utah but have lived in Colorado nearly all my life. I was born to wonderful parents who were both raised LDS. I am a 3rd/4th generation member of the church. I grew up with 3 brothers and 1 sister. We have all been very active in athletics, competing in basketball, football, and baseball. I served in the Texas Houston East Mission from 2006-2008. Upon returning, I played basketball and got my associates degree from a junior college in Utah. Recently, I signed with a big University in Colorado to play my last two years of college basketball and complete my bachelors degree. The foundation of my testimony came from examples within my home and blossomed beautifully while serving a faithful mission. I have enjoyed serving in a wide variety of callings since my mission and look forward to further service in the church. Reading church books have become an important hobby in my life. In addition to church hobbies, I maintain a balanced life by continuing to have an interest in sports and enjoy working out and lifting weights at the gym. I also enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, and being outdoors. I plan to attend Law School after I graduate. I look forward to my future and life in the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a home where church was a regular part of life. I went to church with my family every sunday while I was young and continued to go as I grew older because the simple things I had learned felt good and right to me. It wasn't until my later years in high school that I decided to study deeper the doctrines of the church. As I did so I felt a reassurance that the church was true and I wanted it to become a bigger part of my life. I decided to go on a mission and loved everything about it. My mission meant the world to me. I grew so much spiritually and learned so much about myself and who I was. As I get older, I continue to have spiritual confirmations that this church is true. I can attribute my testimony today to the fact that I have put forth a lot of effort and work to understand the doctrines of the gospel and have my testimony grow. As it states in the book of James, faith without works is dead. A testimony without work cannot exist. I enjoy reading the scriptures and the words of modern-day prophets, our church leaders. Prayer is definately essential in this entire process. Communication with our Heavenly Father is the biggest blessing in my life.

How I live my faith

Being able to participate in college athletics gives me an automatic opportunity to be an example for what the LDS church stands for. I try to be a good person and help others in need. In my experience, people outside of the church tend to know or have known at least one member of the LDS church. It is my hope that we can be a people that are talked fond of. I have learned that people notice even the little things that you do or don't do. An example of this in my life is that I try to refrain from foul language, especially on the basketball court. Sports can bring out the best and worst in people. Not letting your emotions get the best of you is an important part of the game. I understand that people are always watching so I choose not to use curse words or foul language on and off the court. It is just a little thing that I can do to be an example of what the LDS church stands for. In addition, I enjoy serving in various responsibilities in my college student ward. I also try to do my best to serve in the community, participatinig in various group or individual service projects. I also feel it is important to be aware of individuals in need as I go about my daily tasks. Being a friend to all is another way I show how I live my faith.