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Hi I'm Justine

I grew up in Green Bay, WI and I am a member of the Oneida Nation. I love my family and my culture. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a Master's in Counseling and I work as a Program Specialist teaching strategic planning and offering program support around tribal justice, safety and wellness issues in Indian Country. I enjoy my home, my kitties, motorcycling on my own Harley and gardening. I've been married and divorced twice and I am happy to have moved on, rebuilt my life and to have finally met my third and final eternal companion. My husband is my best friend!. We've prayed for children but I guess I will have to wait until I get to the Spirit World to enjoy them. Meanwhile, I love my step-children and our grandchild. I love my church calling serving the teenage Young Women of my church! I've had a challenging life, growing up in an alcoholic home, and struggling with the low self-esteem and feelings of unworthiness that goes along with it. I was raised Catholic but that left me without answers to so many questions. Until I learned of the atonement of Jesus Christ, I never understood my value to a loving Father in Heaven. It changed my life!

Why I am a Mormon

When I first met the missionaries, just over 8 years ago, I had no idea that they would change my life in such a powerful way! I was raised Catholic but that never taught me to have a relationship with Jesus Christ or my Heavenly Father. In my late twenties, I did become a "born-again" Christian, which helped me to start scripture study and to better understand the Atonement, but God was still considered to be the "Great Mystery". I still had so many questions! The missionaries were patient with me and all of my questions and I learned that God isn't such a "mystery" after all! The Book of Mormon, the testimony of Jesus Christ by the Native Americans of this hemisphere, along with the teachings of modern-day prophets, fills in the blanks that the Bible has had due to centuries of "political edits" and spiritual attack. I have learned that Heavenly Father never intended for his children to live a life of confusion. He has restored his true church, the Church that Jesus himself had established when he walked the earth, and he has given us a way, through the atonement of Jesus Christ, to return to live with him again one day. I am a member of this church because I see the "fruit of the tree" (the youth) and I know that it is good! I know that Satan tries to derail us when we are on a good path. Looking back on my life, I can now see how much the Adversary has fought for me with every step I took to draw nearer to Heavenly Father. Lucky for me that God's Spirit is stronger than the Adversary! I am a member because I now understand my worth to a Heavenly King! I am a member of this church because it has helped me to grow stronger and to understand who I am as an Oneida woman. I am a member of this church because I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will never abandon us. We all have infinite value to our Father, our Creator, and life is so simple and uncomplicated when you understand who you are and the blessings that await you if you are faithful!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by standing "as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places" (Mosiah 18:9). The LDS church's symbol of faith are us, those who proclaim the gospel and allow the light of Christ to shine through us. I strive to do this by serving those at church in my calling to teach the teenage girls the gospel, by helping my friends, co-workers and neighbors when they are in need, and even by allowing others to help me during my times of need so that they, and I, might be blessed. That's how the "Body of Christ" (1Cor. 12:12) works. We are all needed to help each other so that the whole body can function well and be healthy. Of course it doesn't always work perfectlyl (the body) because we are all human. I am only human and I make mistakes. But, if we all just tried to do our best, what a wonderful world this would be!! I love that this reminds me of how my Native American ancestors lived like this too. They lived in a community where everyone was valued and was able to contribute using their gifts and talents. That is the ideal world to me. That is how Heavenly Father intended it and that is what I can do to live my faith. If I just use the gifts and talents He blessed me with to do good each and everyday, then I can live a purposful life. I have never felt so fulfilled before! The past 8 years of my life, since joining the church, haven't been perfect-there are still some trials, but I feel so blessed to have an abundant life!