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Hi I'm Justin

I have Type 1 Diabetes. I read the encylcopedia for fun. I love music and science. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an avid reader. I love science or fantasy fiction. I'm currently serving a mission, but before, I was studying math and physics, with the goal of getting into nanotechnology, and I plan to return to that field after my mission. My career goal is to bridge the gap between science fiction and science. I'm passionate about music. I play the trumpet, guitar, and piano, and I love singing. My favorite genre of music used to be classic rock, but over the last two years, my tastes have shifted towards even older music, ranging from Classical to Jazz, R&B to Swing. Country music has also grown on me. I've had Type 1 Diabetes since I was 11 months old, and it has been a trial and a blessing. It has helped to teach me responsibility and diligence, and how to lead a healthier life. I'm the oldest of five kids, three boys and two girls. My two younger brothers also have chronic health problems. One has Asberger's Syndrome, a form of Autism, and the other had his colon removed about seven years ago and still has problems with his immune system and nausea. Despite those problems, we enjoy life and don't let our problems slow us down or get us down, because we know that these problems won't exist after the Resurrection.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of the Church because no other message makes as much sense to me, and no other set of beliefs inspires me to be a better person as much as "Mormonism" does. No other church teaches so clearly and consistently that we are sons and daughters of Almighty God, that He loves us and wants us to be happy, healthy, and successful, and that everything that happens in this life is to help us prepare to live with Him. The teachings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints help us understand our relationship to God, what our priorities in this life should be, and help us to become more like our Savior every day. None of it is forced on us, though. We are all invited to listen, then investigate for ourselves by reading, pondering (thinking seriously), and asking God if what we've learned is true. That way, we know that what we are doing and learning is right, that God is pleased with us, that the promised blessings will come. Also, no other church claims to have the authority to bind in heaven what is bound on earth, including marriages. For me, that claim alone made it worth finding out for myself that this message is true. I love my family, and I don't want to have to say goodbye to them, and thanks to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, with God's authority, I won't have to. I know that this message will bless the life of anyone who is willing to listen, search, ask, and apply it in their life. But don't take my word for it. Find out for yourself.

How I live my faith

At the moment, I live my faith by sharing it with others as a full-time missionary. Before I left home, I taught a class of 4-7 year-olds, attempting to teach them principles like faith, prayer, scripture study, the Holy Ghost, reverence, and obeying God's commandments, despite their energy and lack of an attention span. Now, I'm teaching those same principles to anyone who is willing to listen.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

For me, the biggest thing that tells me that God exists is the complexity and beauty of nature. The more I learn about how everything works (by studying physics, chemistry, biology), the more I'm amazed at the genius behind it all. From subatomic particles all the way up to the universe as a whole, it all works together, in spite of all the mistakes that we make in managing what we have. The way interactions at the atomic level determine behaviors at the macro level (where we can observe it easily) screams to me that it didn't happen by chance, it was designed. Show more Show less