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Hi I'm Dustin

I love the heat. I am a fifth-generation native to Arizona. I'm a musician & a gardener. I'm a husband & a father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My life can be summed up in 5 areas: Music; Marriage; Parenthood; Gardening; Religion. I have been playing the trumpet for 20 years. I studied music in college and have learned to play the piano as well as compose. Music brings me great peace & helps relieve my stress. It changed my life in more ways than one. In fact, I met my sweet wife through music. I have been married for 8 years. My wife Sarah is also a musician. She has the most beautiful voice. One of my favorite past-times is accompanying her on the piano while she sings. Music introduced us to each other, and music has brought us closer together over the years. We have 3 precious children, with one on the way. I love spending time with my children. Many parents have expressed regret for not spending enough time with their children while they were young. I can honestly say I have no regrets with how much time I spend with my children. From the moment I get home from work to the moment they go to bed, my life is filled with my little ones. We play together, color together, read stories together, watch movies together, and work together. My life is full and my cup runneth over with joy because of my children. Gardening is another passion of mine. I love spending time in the dirt helping plants to grow. I have long felt that my knowledge & ability to grow food may very well save my life and the lives of those I love. My religion plays a key role in my life also, helping shape who I am and what my priorities are.

Why I am a Mormon

The Book of Mormon tells a story of a people who were driven from their homes because of their beliefs. They resorted to a place which was called Mormon. In this place was a fountain of pure water hidden in a thicket of trees. There the people were taught at the feet of a prophet. There they learned of their Savior, Jesus Christ. There they entered into covenants to "bear one another's burdens", to "comfort those that stand in need of comfort", to be "witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places". This story concludes by saying: "yea, the place of Mormon, the waters of Mormon, the forest of Mormon, how beautiful are they to the eyes of them who there came to the knowledge of their Redeemer; yea, and how blessed are they, for they shall sing to his praise forever" (Mosiah 18:30). This is how I feel about the Book of Mormon. Within the walls of its pages I find a fountain of pure water. I find a place of refuge, hidden from the world. I find comfort and a greater resolve to be a witness of God. And to me, I find the Book of Mormon beautiful, because it is through the Book of Mormon that I have come to know my Savior and Redeemer. It is through the Book of Mormon that I have learned how to act like my Savior and follow His example. And I will sing praises to my God all the days of my life because of what I have learned from this fountain of pure water. I am a Mormon because I know the Book of Mormon is true. I am a Mormon because I know Joseph Smith was a true prophet, and that he saw God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because living the teachings of the Master brings me comfort, brings me peace, brings me strength to bear my burdens and face my trials. I am a Mormon because I know this is true.

How I live my faith

Over the years, the manifestations of my faith have changed. I have played the piano for all of the children. I have organized choirs of adults and of youth. I have taught lessons in Sunday School. I have gone camping with the Boy Scouts. I have taken notes in meetings. I have been a missionary in a foreign land. However, all of these have a common theme: I try to do what I believe my Savior and my Lord wants me to do. I try to be kind and compassionate. I try to care about people and strengthen their faith. I try to seek after the lost sheep. I once had the privilege of serving a man who was suffering from cancer. He was a Mormon; his wife was Catholic; his children grew up without religion in the home. I tried to visit him regularly and help him know of my love and concern for him. At times, he welcomed me openly. At times, he ignored me. At times, he berated me for calling on him. But I knew that he was a child of God, and that the Good Shepard cared for him. I felt it my duty to show him this. One morning I received the unexpected news that he had passed away. I was devastated. How could I continue to seek after this lost sheep when he had been called home by the Good Shepard? When I attended his funeral, I saw his children. They smiled and gave me hugs. His wife was grateful I had come. I continued to call on the family, not because I wanted them to join the church, although I did want them to have the hope of being a forever-family. I called on them because I felt like the least I could do for this dear brother was to help take care of his family in his absence. I truly believe that is what Christ would have done. He had compassion on the widow and the fatherless. My faith would be meaningless if I did not do those things the Master had done. I live my faith by striving to keep my daily actions in harmony with the teachings of the Master.