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Hi I'm Justin

I like trail running, longboarding, jiu jitsu, working on cars, I want to become a police officer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been lucky enough to grow up in the beautiful northwestern United States, Washington and Oregon. I curently live just north of Bellingham WA. I love it up here. Since I was a little kid I've loved hiking and camping, and for three years now I've developed a love for running. I love the feeling of reaching the top of a mountain or the end of a long trail and knowing that it was on my own two legs that I got there. Since I like pushing myself physically and learning new things, I also enjoy martial arts, specifically jiu jitsu. I've been training on and off for the past year or so, and have competed in one tournament so far. Longboarding is something that one of my friends got me into, it's a great way to unwind, hang out, and have fun. Working on cars is something that I've learned to like out of necessity haha. I bought my first car (an 85 Fiero GT) running, but mostly undriveable, it needed a clutch, brakes, head gaskets, etc. With the help of one of my friends, we got it on the road. It turned into an ongoing project and started turning into a very nice machine...until I wrecked it, but that's another story. I have gone to college and taken 2 years of criminal justice classes, with the goal of becoming a police officer. One of my instructors at college (now a good friend, and also a police officer) is the one who inspired me to take this path. I see it as a career in which I can make a difference, and one that will also keep challenging me to improve myself.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of this church because a have a solid testimony that it is the church of Jesus Christ restored to the earth. He is at the head of it, He oversaw the building up of it from its begining, and continues to oversee it to this day. The doctrine and organization are the same as when He established them during His earthly ministry. I have read the book of Mormon and prayed to Heavenly Father to know if it is true. I testify that it is. The Book of Mormon is a witness of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in its entirety. It goes hand in hand with, and expounds upon, the teachings of the Bible. The principles I have been taught in the gospel and followed have done more to anchor me against the storms of life and make me happy than anything else. I know that God lives, he wants us to be happy, and He has promised to reward us if we are faithful to Him. He has laid out a plan for all of His children to be able to return to Him. That plan is the gospel of Jesus Christ. I bear testimony that it is through Christ that we are able to repent of our sins. By continuing to repent and live by His teachings we can reach our full potential as sons and daughters of God, in this life, and in the life to come.

How I live my faith

Ultimately, I try to be like the savior. He is a the ultimate example of a life well lived. I wish that I had half the natural inclination to dedicate my life to others as He did, but for me, this is something that I have to constantly work on. I do that by going to church, praying, reading the scriptures, striving to keep the commandments, looking for opportunities to serve and teach, etc. It is not always easy to keep it up, but the path to our greatest potential isn't meant to be easy, it is meant to be rewarding. I believe we are alive and here on earth to learn and grow, sometimes we need to push ourselves and go through trials and obstacles in order for that to happen. I'm far from being a perfect person, i mess up a lot...and I mean A LOT. But because of my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, I know that I can repent when I mess up, and he'll help me become better for the experience. He will also strengthen me and give me guidance when I ask for it during hard times or hard decisions, I just have to be doing my best to live worthy of His help. The times when I tried to go without the Lord's guidance were the hardest in my life. What I've learned though, is that He never abandons me; He simply waits for me to turn to Him, and when I do, things get better.