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Hi I'm Justin

I'm a father and a student. I'm passionate about helping people take control of their health. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My passion has always been to help people learn how they can be healthier. When I was younger, I thought that the only way to do that was to become a doctor. So I started by taking several human anatomy classes and even became a certified EMT-Basic before graduating from high school. I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do. After high school, I served as a full-time missionary in Russia. This was an amazing experience and I learned so much about myself and the world. Since spending my time there, I have come to love Russia, the culture and the language. After Russia, I got married to the most beautiful woman in the world. Our life together hasn't been easy, but we love each other dearly. We have also been lucky enough to bring our beautiful daughter into this world. She brings so much happiness to our world. Between my daughter and my wife, I have been really lucky. I also spent the next 3 years studying a variety of things at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. I did some of the prerequisites for medical school and for nursing, but realized that clinical practice wasn't for me. Then I found public health and discovered a new possibility: healthcare administration. I decided to move down this path and I haven't regretted it since. I am currently pursuing a master's degree in health care administration from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). As part of this degree, I am spending the summer in Boston interning with a health IT company called Dossia.

Why I am a Mormon

There are so many distractions and problems in life, but there is one thing that has always been constant: the peace I feel when I live the gospel. From divorce, to death of a parent at young age, I have learned that life is too short and if you aren't feeling that peace, then life is so much harder. As a Mormon, I have realized that there is a peace that comes into your life when you try to live the gospel and do what Jesus wants you to do. I believe that this peace comes into your life as a confirmation that the gospel is true. This is why I'm a Mormon. I know that the church that this is Christ's restored Church and I believe that everyone should have an opportunity to learn more about it.

How I live my faith

I have been lucky enough to do a variety of different things in the church. Right now my wife and I are helping teenagers in our congregation understand what it means to be a full time missionary and prepare to become one, if they want to. But this is only for the summer. While we were in Michigan, I was able to work with a child in our congregation who had autism. Several men in our congregation would play with him and keep him company so that his mother could have the opportunity to go to the Sunday meetings. It was such a great experience and I look forward to going back at the end of the summer. When we are not at church, we try to remember Christ in our daily lives. We pray as a family and we study scriptures (sometimes we miss a day or two). We really search for opportunities to help others feel Christ's love.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Justin
In general, missionaries pay their own way (or at least try to). Sometimes parents will help, and sometimes other members of the congregation will pitch in to support the missionary. It costs a lot of money to be a full-time missionary, but it is totally worth every penny. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Justin
Everyone needs to have a chance to choose whether to accept the gospel of Jesus Christ. But if someone has died before they could get a chance, they are no longer inhabiting a body and need someone to do the physical ordinance of baptism for them. That is why members are baptized for deceased relatives. But just because the baptism is completed, that does not mean that they are now a member. They still have the chance to accept the gospel, or reject it. Show more Show less