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Hi I'm Rustin Pearce

I helped start a non-profit organization while in buisness school, I love to ski, I'm a finacial professional and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I feel like the avarage guy that always has more stuff that needs to get done and not enough money or energy to do it. My wife and I have been redoing our house on a "shoe-string" budget. Our house was built in about 1975 so it was in desprate need of being updated! We have mixed paint colors together to update the walls from the beautiful vintage wall paper to a more modern home. Because I don't want to spend the money or the time to do every update my wife loves using the phrase, "we are making our house a home!" When my wife starts talking about "little improvements" changing the fixtures in the sink turns into new sink and cabinets, new mirror, take the wall out here, expand this, re-tile the floor and walls around the tub . . . One thing at time. I am an insurance agent and financial services rep. It is mostly all commission based so some months are good and others are lean. I love being involved. My wife graduated in Music Performance so with her love for singing she and I sing in a few local community choirs. In turn, she will humor me and go fishing with me. We love to travel although that has been more limited than we would like. We have been to the Yucatan (Mexico), Guatemala (humanitarian work), Upstate NY, Canada, and Ohio, & several ski trips to Utah. I love dancing! I have been on a few ballroom teams and have taught country, latin, ballroom and swing. I don't do it as much as I used to but I still find it enjoyable.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a young boy (about 9), my siblings and I had some scary experiences that while my parents were out for the evening that let me know there is a God and that his priesthood authority is given to men on earth. I had great parents who worked hard to work me hard. They did this to prepare me for a mission and life after that. I never really had any doubts as a teen but during my first semester of college I gained a personal witness that the Book of Mormon was true. As an 18 year old I was alone in my dorm room reading in the Book of Mormon about the suffering that Christ would endure as he sacriced so selflessly for us. I had a deep sence of love come over me and I started crying. I felt in my mind and my heart that love come ever stronger as I starred at the picture of Jesus sitting on the back of my desk. I knew it was true! I knew that Jesus Christ was my Savior. I knew he loved me. I served as mormon missionary in Rochester, NY which happens to be near a village where a young farm boy, in 1920 went to a wooded area close to his home to pray about which church to join. His name was Joseph Smith. Joseph has became a hero of mine. God called him as the prophet that would restore the fullness of the Gospel. He did all that God asked of him and despite his many trials his faith in God remained strong! Later I was fortunate to be able to study abroad in Israel. There my faith and knoweledge grew. I loved spending time in the Garden of Gethsemane where he trembled from pain and sweat great drops of blood for you and me. Through him we can be forgiven of our sins. The Garden Tomb is another highlight. I love the sign that reads "He is not there for he had risen!" He is living. He loves each of us and wants us to live with him. I know these things to be true by the Holy Ghost, which testifies of all truth.

How I live my faith

Service is something I learned from my parents. I think I am happiest when I am serving others. In the last 2 years my wife and I have taught sunday school to the 8-9 year olds, the 5 yr olds, the 13-14 year olds and now I just teach the older folks (no offense to anyone on my class.) Through this we have become good friends with people old enough to be our grandparents! We have an older couple in our ward that has recently come back after years of inactivity. The wife was Jewish and the husband Catholic, they then joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints but fell into inactivity. About twenty years later they came back and have joined the ranks with full force. He is 81 and full of stories. I had been visiting them regularly for about 3 months when my wife and I ended up taking them out for Pizza after a big milestone for them. This turned into them treating us to their favorite-a real New York style pizza joint! Recently I had the opportunity to ordain him to the priesthood! What a great experience for me. While working on my MBA in a school back east, I was able to help found a non-profit orginization that focuses on 3rd world sustainabiltiy. We were fortunate to be able to go serve on the maiden trip to Guatemala where we helped build schools, water systems to communities, did medical and dental clinics and other workshops. This group has now completed its 5th expedition with 3 trips to Guatemala as well as trips to Bolivia, Nepal and soon to Kenya. I don't know who received the most from the trip but I do know that the words from the prophet King named Benjamin in the Book of Mormon are true. "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." Mosiah 2:17.