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Hi I'm Dustin

I am a convert to the church. My wife and I have been married for 13 years and we have three children aged 7, 4, and 7months.

About Me

I joined the church at 19 after some long promptings from my girl friend to investigate. I was hesitant because I had never been in a church and was very short on faith. We were married shortly after and have been happy ever since. I joined the US Coast Guard about six months before joining the church, and met missionaries in Hawaii who were two of the best people I have ever met before. After six years active duty, we left and came home. We are active in our church and I have been called both as an elder's quorum instructor and as the ward assistant clerk where I oversee membership details. We have a little boy who is 7 and two girls aged 4 and a 7 month old. I work for the VA as a police officer and am finishing a Master's degree in Public Health Preparedness. I enjoy diving, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, reading, watching cartoons with my little kids, going to the temple, movies. We love taking the kids on walks and bike rides. They like camping and fishing with Dad.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I accepted a challenge given to me by a shipmate at boot camp to find out what I believed. I had always been an agnostic and didn't accept or deny any kind of religion. My philosophy was that I would never know for sure but I wasn't comfortable picking a team. My girl friend had challenged me many times to read the Book Of Mormon and to pray and ask if the things I read were true. So I started with the LDS church and found the truth about the gospel. I am still a Mormon because my testimony has only gotten stronger over the years.

How I live my faith

I subscribe to two notions. Firstly the best gift you can give another person is your time. Which means that I strive to visit my home teaching families every month and to participate in service projects or to give service on my own as often as possible. Second, that the most important way for me to teach faith to my children is through family home evenings and daily prayer and scripture study. Nothing teaches me better than when I give a lesson. Especially to children because it allows me to dive in to the meat and potatoes of the gospel. My wife and I also take opportunities to attend the temple in our home town and make a great effort to complete family temple work and complete family history work.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Dustin
Mormons don't have a paid clergy because we are happy to volunteer for one thing. No one is motivated to do the Lord's work because of the paycheck. The money that people pay to the church in tithing is also voluntary but that money goes to build the kingdom of God. I would rather my tithing go to building temples and church houses, and aiding missionary work than to just come back to me for teaching a lesson on Sunday or visiting my home teaching families. Show more Show less