Hi I'm Justin
I'm a music nerd, a theatre enthusiast, and a big brother. I love cheesecake, I'm an aspiring composer, and I'm a Mormon.
I grew up in Mesa, AZ, and attended Northern Arizona University for a year, studying choral music education. I then served for two years as a missionary in New England, and I'm now studying at Brigham Young University. Music is a huge part of who I am – I love singing the most out of anything I do, I think. I do a lot of choir and vocal jazz, and I really love musical theatre. Piano is a large part of who I am as well, and I’ve done several solo performances as well as professional accompanying for singers and choirs. Playing the piano is also very therapeutic for me, and helps me get out those emotions I can’t express any other way. In addition to singing and piano, I also play alto saxophone, and I've "dabbled" a bit in cello and guitar. I also love composing and arranging my own pieces, and I hope to be a successful composer someday. I really enjoy acting - I love all aspects of performances, whether I’m on stage or in the audience. Aside from the performing arts, I love reading and hanging out with my friends. I am the oldest of four children - I have two little brothers, and one little sister. My sister was basically a stillborn, and the doctors said she wouldn't last the night...and here we are about 19 years later. She has a lot of mental and physical disabilities, but she has such an amazing spirit. I know that she is one of our Heavenly Father's most precious children. I feel truly blessed to have her as a member of my family.
I grew up in the Church, getting by on the testimonies of my parents until I was able to have some powerful spiritual experiences of my own during my teenage years. Those experiences helped shape my testimony, and when I graduated high school, I was very sure of myself and where I was going. Once I got to college that fall, however, everything seemed to fall apart. I wasn't sure who I was. I didn't know what I believed in or what I wanted anymore. I was faced with some very difficult challenges as well as facts about myself that I was forced to confront, and I didn't know what to do. I felt very lost. I started to try and piece myself together again without much success, and I strayed from God's path for a while, though my faith in Him remained and I never stopped going to church. Before long, I found myself on my knees, begging for an answer from Him as to what was happening and where I needed to go. I felt like I had been torn apart and dismantled, without any clue as to how to reassemble myself. I had a few very special, very intimate spiritual experiences with my Savior that year - He helped to build me back up again. I felt the amazing power of His redeeming love, and felt that I had been forgiven of my sins. I was given a glimpse of true, pure, eternal joy, and it is the sweetest and most wonderful feeling I have ever felt. I know with every fiber of my being that this Gospel is true, that my Heavenly Father knows me personally and loves me. Everyone has to have a conversion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, regardless of whether they were raised in the Church or not. I finally had to decide if I truly believed in the doctrines that I was raised on, and though my testimony wavered during that first year of college, it's now stronger than it ever has been in my entire life.
I spent two years, every minute of every day, devoted to my faith by serving full-time in the Massachusetts Boston mission, speaking both Cambodian and English. The mission covers the area of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, a small part of New York, and the southernmost portions of Vermont and New Hampshire. My mission is the best thing and the hardest thing I've done in my life thus far. I wouldn't trade my experiences in New England for the world. There is always room for improvement and learning in our lives, and I continue to strive to become a better person each and every day. I have many shortcomings and weaknesses, but Jesus Christ strengthens me and helps me to overcome them. Through the Atonement, I am becoming the man, and eventually husband and father, that He wants me to be. I always do everything I can to help others. I do my best to live my life following Christ's example, sharing His teachings and His love in any way I can. That's why I'm serving a mission - I want others to be able to have a chance to experience the true joy that comes from living the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and for them to be able to feel the amazing power of His love in their lives. My favorite scripture: "Who shall separate us from the Love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us." - Romans 8:35, 37