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Hi I'm Dustin

I'm a loving husband and father. I wear Chacos all year. I love math problems and mangos. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love my wife and daughter like crazy. My favorite things to do with them are be outside, play games, talk and learn. I wear Chacos all year except when it snows. My favorite food is apples with peanut butter. I like using critical thinking skills to solve problems. I enjoy chess, positive psychology, math problems, hiking, spreadsheets, flowers, linguistics, wild animals, business, mangos and classic literature - and I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for two reasons: 1. It is practical, and 2. It is true. It seems to me that everything good about my life is a direct consequence of this religion. I cannot imagine how I would ever have had the lasting satisfaction, joy and peace that I enjoy every day if it weren’t for the things that this church teaches us to do. This is a religion that teaches its people how to be prosperous, how to be successful, how to be happy, and how to maximize your individual potential. Even if I didn’t know of a surety that this is Christ’s church (see next paragraph), it would still make perfect sense to me to live this religion because it guides people, whatever their circumstances, to have happy lives. When I was younger, I was a dork. I decided that I would serve a two-year mission in the hopes that doing so would make me less of a goober (among other reasons). In order to do that, I needed to have a testimony for myself that what I would be teaching was true. My parents told me that it was true and I trusted them enough to do what was necessary in order to know for myself. I read and pondered the Book of Mormon every day. I prayed and asked God hundreds of times to tell me if it was true. I will never forget the day that my prayers were answered. I knew in my mind and in my soul that Father in Heaven loves me, that Jesus loves me, and that this church is a manifestation of how dearly they love the people on this earth. That feeling of “knowing” is the power of the Holy Spirit, which testifies of things that are true. As I have continued to seek truth in my life, I have received that same answer from the Holy Spirit many times. This church is truly led by Jesus Christ. It leads people to be like Him. Knowing this, it logically follows that I would want to be a member of it and that I should do my best to follow its teachings. I have come to feel the love of Christ in a very personal way, and my goal is to live in his presence forever.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to consistently do the things that the Church and the scriptures teach us that we should do. I enjoy helping people in their times of need. Serving other people brings me endless satisfaction. One way I try to serve others is by telling them how my religion brings me great happiness, and how they can enjoy the same happiness. I befriend others and try to support them in their efforts to live their faith. I try to make the right decisions in life by following the direction of the Holy Spirit. I feast on God’s word in the scriptures. I speak and listen to Him through prayer whenever I can. I love going to the temple. I was sealed to my family in a temple of God and going there often reminds me of the immeasurable blessing that they are to me (learn more at http://lds.org/church/temples?lang=eng). I do my best to be kind to my family and to put their needs before my own. I trust that Jesus Christ has power to help me overcome my weaknesses, and I seek comfort in His love when life is difficult.

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

The Apostles are outstanding men who have been called to bear witness the Jesus Christ is our Savior. When I am lacking in faith, I listen to their testimonies and feel encouraged and edified. They serve as a pillar of strength to all who are striving to be like Christ. They teach true doctrines. They often delve in to philosophy, astronomy, physics, psychology etc., to enhance their teachings of Christ, but their teachings are always based in the truth and in their Testimony of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Faith is power. When we have faith in something, we have enough confidence in God that we can do all that is in our power to accomplish an objective, knowing that he will do all of the rest. In order for faith to apply to an objective, it has to be something that is true. Show more Show less