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Hi I'm Justin

I work as a psychiatrist and am an avid skier! ... and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I originally grew up in Melbourne in a family of 5 children but spent 6 years in Dublin, Ireland studying medicine. My passions are in the sporting area - sailing, running, cycling, orienteering - in fact I would probably do any sport given the chance. By far my favourite is snow skiing - last year I went helicopter skiing in Valdez, Alaska.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents taught me to seek for the truth in any matter – the real truth. They also taught me to be kind and helpful. In Catholic school primary school I was taught wonderful principles about life and God - particularly about how to treat others. As I grew up I tried "manufacturing" my own version of the truth but over time I began to see that my version didn't work and that it didn't fit with the realities of life. I was open to almost all good ideas but was also sceptical and grounded in a scientific approach to life - and, I am ashamed to admit, biased against anything religious. Ideas and philosophies came and went but none seemed much more reliable than the ones I had "manufactured". Eventually when presented with truth of the ideas, doctrines, and teachings of Jesus Christ and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I became very aware of my biases... and could finally see the truth. Not only that I could see that the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints contained the whole truth as it has been revealed to this time - I would accept nothing less just as my parents had taught me.

How I live my faith

I believe that God's main aim is to teach us how to have happiness in our lives - real enduring happiness – and to teach us how to live a life that will give us that, no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in. I serve in my church by arranging large activities, usually sporting or cultural, that will strengthen and unite our group of 2000 local members spread across 7 Wards (parishes). Recently we held an indoor netball and soccer sporting event with competitive and social games; a jumping castle was also supplied for the younger children. There was fun and competitive vigour all round. I also believe in serving my community through my work as a psychiatrist working for the state government with some of the most severe psychiatric conditions.