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Hi I'm Justin

I'm a full time missionary. I speak spanish. I play the guitar. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Justin, but all of my friends and family call me Busty. I got this nickname when I was 4 years old, and it stuck hard. My older step brother gave it to me after I broke some of his stuff when my family moved in with his. I have a ton of brothers and sisters, but the majority are step sibblings, or better called "bonus sibblings". I'm currently serving as a full time missionary in the Carlsbad California Mission. Honestly, serving a mission has been the best thing I have ever done. When I'm not a missionary, I like to listen to music, mostly all kinds, but I particularly love rock. Not just any kind of rock, but hardcore. I started to play the guitar when I was 16 years old, and it has been my passion ever since. With the exception of occasionally wearing really tight skinny jeans, I'm really just a normal 23 year old. I love my family, and my friends, and I enjoy being around them. Nothing too earth shaking about me. I'm just a regular guy trying to find out what God's will is in regards to my life, and having alot of fun in the process.

Why I am a Mormon

I would love to tell you the whole story about why I'm a Mormon, but I don't imagine you'd want to spend all day looking at my profile. I'm sure there's a ton of things competing for your time, and I'm I know you want to check out that other profile with the hiker who has a prostetic leg. SWEET! I have both legs intact and I couldn't dream of doing stuff like that. Assuming that this would be the only part of my profile that your eyes glance over, and this being my only opportunity to tell you why I'm a Mormon, I'd start with a quote from one of the leaders of the Mormon church, M. Russell Ballard. He said, "No man can give a crust to the Lord without recieving a whole loaf." I've been given so much in my life. Truely, I am so blessed. Through the teachings of the church I have come to understand who God is, and where I stand with Him. I was raised as a Mormon, but I never thought much of it. It wasn't until I decided to become a missionary that I realized what a treasure I have been blessed with to know about the Mormon faith. The teachings are so simple, and because we believe that God continues to speak to us through a prophet, and individually through personal revelation, we aren't left to ourselves to make guesses about what the prophets of old were trying to say in the Bible, and Book of Mormon. I love knowing that if I ever have a question or a doubt about something that is taught in our church, all I have to do is ask God. It is not expected of me to believe what the prophet or any of the church leaders say just because they're the leaders, and they said it. I know that I can go to God, and because I have faith in Him and know that He loves me and doesn't want me to be confused or led astray, He will tell me the truth. I have paid the price to know if this is true. I have exercised my faith, and given a crust, and as sure as the words of M. Russel Ballard, I have, in return, recieved many loafs.

How I live my faith

Currently I live my faith by serving as a missionary in southern Califonia helping people to find God, and discover the plain and simple truths of our faith. I have the wonderful opportunity to work with the spanish people. A little over 20 months ago I didn't speak a word of spanish, but I now, with a little difficulty, am able to speak, and communicate myself with these amazing people. A day in the life of a missionary is a busy one. I wake up a little bit before 6:30am to exercise. I study and prepare to teach the people I have appointments with from 8 to10am. Then I study a little spanish from 10 to 11, and then I'm out the door trying to find those who are looking for God, and teaching those who will listen to me. I'm out working until 9pm, when I return home and prepare to do it all over again. Missionaries keep this schedule everyday for 2 years. It seems pretty crazy, and it is, but I love it. Many people have thanked me, and commended me for making the sacrifice of being away from friends and family, and spending all day everyday trying to serve others, but the longer I do it, the less of a sacrifice it seems to me because of the joy I get in helping others to come unto Christ, and exeperience the peace, and happiness that I have experienced as I have learned to come unto Him.

In whom should we have faith?

Justin
In the context of having faith unto salvation, our faith must be centered in Jesus Christ. But faith in Jesus Christ is not simply believing that He lived and died. It is a fact of history that He lived and died. The faith we must have is the faith that He was, and is who He said He was, the very Son of God who came to rescue us from our sins. As Peter, and other prophets taught, there is no other name nor will any other name be given under heaven whereby man may be saved, only by and through the name of Jesus Christ. He is our only hope. Faith rendered to any other being, or power will not result in life and salvation in the kingdom of God. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Justin
If you had the cure for cancer, would you keep it a secret? Or would you go to everyone you know and tell them the cure so that they or their loved ones could know how to recover from such a disease? Well, this isn't a bad example of how we feel about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Everyone is afflicted or is in need of spiritual recovery in some form or another, and we believe that we have the cure, or better yet, Christ has the cure for spiritual cancer. Everyone, regarless of age, religion, race or social status, can benifit from learning of Christ and His teachings. In my 23 years of living, which aren't that many, I have never heard someone say that they were unhappy because they learned about Christ or decided to follow Him. However, on the other hand, in my two years of missionary service I have heard many say how great of a difference their relationship with Jesus Christ has made in their life, and how happy they are since their decision to follow Him. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Justin
We absolutely regard the Bible as Holy Scripture. We love and cherish the Bible. It contains the most intimate accounts of the Saviors life and ministry of any book that has ever been written. It is a miracle that we have it. We believe that it is the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. As I have learned to speak spanish I have realized just how much truely does get lost in translation. The Bible has been translated many times which has resulted in some things being lost in translation. This has created disagreements of how certain passages are interpreted among many Christian religions, but the Bible continues to be dearly regarded in our religion. I don't believe that I could have faith in Christ if I didn't have access to the Bible. The Bible shows me who Christ was, and how He interacted with others. The Book of Mormon teaches many things about the doctrine of Christ, and helps to clear up doctrinal misunderstandings caused by the misinterpretation of passages in the Bible, but does not got deep into His everyday life, and interactions with others. I have faith in my Mom because I know her. I know who she is Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Justin
Someone I respect alot once asked me, "Aside from Jesus Christ, who do you have faith in?" I replied, "My Mom." "Why do you have faith in her?" I thought, and responded, "Well, because I know her. I know who she is, and what she's like." And then he continued to teach me a profoud lesson that I will never forget. He taught me that in order to have faith in Jesus Christ we must get to know Him, just as I have gotten to know my mom. Faith starts with a belief and is grown by experience and experiences are had by experimenting. As a child I must have believed that Mom would take care of me. This belief led me to knock on her door in the middle of the night after I had a nightmare, and she scooped me up and stayed with me the rest of the night. My belief that she would help me led me to knock on the door. The experiment of knocking on the door led to me having the experience of her taking me into her arms and calming my fears. This experience led me to trust her. So, how does this apply to growing faith in Christ? We start with a believe that He will hear us if we pray, or teach us as we learn of Him, which will lead us to experiment by praying or going to church, or reading the scriptures, and this experiment will lead us to have an experience. Once we have an experience we will realize, Hey! It worked! and we'll keep experimenting. Is this not how we gain secular knowledge? Why would it not work with spiritual knowledge as well? Show more Show less