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Hi I'm Justin

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a young dad who loves spending time with my wife and my 3 month old baby daughter. As a family, we strive to place Christ and His teachings at the center of everything we do. In our free time, we play tennis, ping-pong, basketball, and enjoy the outdoors.

Why I am a Mormon

My ancestors included some of the early Mormon pioneers. As a young child, I was inspired when I listened to their stories and sacrifices and felt a responsibility to honor my heritage. I felt the Spirit when I visited pioneer sites like Nauvoo, Illinois and Martin's Cove in Wyoming. I feel like those experiences set the tone for my decision to be committed to the LDS church. Later on, as I entered middle school, high school, and college, I faced personal difficulties and challenges which allowed me to rely upon the teachings of the LDS church and draw closer to my Heavenly Father. Time and time again, in my most challenging moments, I have felt the Spirit of God comfort, uplift, and strengthen me to get up and keep going along the path of life. A constant beacon of hope to me during those experiences was the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon. By studying the scriptures each day, I felt God's love fill me with light and hope. Serving a mission for Christ in northern Mexico further strengthened my resolve to honor my Savior and His Atonement by adhering to His teachings. I was faced with every question and doubt toward the Savior's Gospel that I could ever think to be confronted with, but again, the Spirit constantly reaffirmed to me the truth of the Restoration of the Gospel through Joseph Smith and the unfailing reality of Christ's Atonement. Now, as a father, I have the strongest testimony I have ever had of the Gospel as I see how it is crucial and central to a happy family. When I kneel in prayer with my wife, when we study the scriptures together, and when we attend church as a family, I know I am doing the right things and drawing closer to Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite scriptures has always been James 1:27, which states: "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction..." In our family, we make a point of emphasizing service and being on the lookout for opportunities to serve formally and informally, in the church and outside of it. Some of my greatest and most meaningful moments have come while visiting a widow, comforting someone stricken by terminal illness, or bringing hope to youth who have had a difficult upbringing. For me, daily service renews and strengthens my faith in humanity and in God, and gives extra meaning to our regular worship activities throughout the week.